The Republic of Congo has a new national flag carrier, ECAir (Equatorial Congo Airlines), which entered service on September 24, 2011. The first flight was between the country’s capital, Brazzaville, and the port city of Pointe-Noire.
Lufthansa Consulting managed the entire start-up process, continuing its successful cooperation with the Congolese government. The company has already provided consultancy in supervising the concession project of the Republic’s three main airports and in developing an “Airport City” called Maya Maya Village in the capital. It has developed a five-year business plan for ECAir, including the future network and fleet structure. Adherence to international high quality and safety standards has been ensured and the consultants have also created the airline’s overall design concept.
ECAir will operate three times a day, seven days a week, on the Brazzaville-Pointe-Noire route with a Boeing 737-300, configured for 12 business class and 108 economy class seats. Its operations will be accompanied by business aviation company and private jet operator, Swiss PrivatAir.
ECAir’s CEO Fatime Beyina-Moussa, economist and advisor to the Minister of Finance, Budget and the Public Portfolio, said: “Our desire is to serve as a locomotive for the modernisation of the aviation sector in the region and to ensure a quality level that meets international standards in aviation.”
The opening of further routes to international destinations and the acquisition of additional aircraft are planned.