ASKY Airlines

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ASKY Airlines
ASKY Airlines logo.jpg
IATA
KP
ICAO
SKK
Callsign
ASKY
Founded June 2008
Commenced operations January 2010
Hubs Lomé-Tokoin Airport
Frequent-flyer program ASKY Club
Fleet size 8
Destinations 23
Company slogan The Pan African Airline
Headquarters Lomé, Togo
Key people Yissehak Zewoldi (CEO) [1]
Website www.flyasky.com

ASKY Airlines is a passenger airline founded on the initiative of West African governments, and has its head office in Lomé, Togo. It operates across several West and Central African countries, operating out of its hub at Lomé-Tokoin Airport.[2]

History[edit]

Foundation[edit]

After the pan-African airline Air Afrique went bankrupt in 2002, cross-border air transport in Africa became more difficult, especially in West and Central Africa. At a conference of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) at Niamey in Niger on 10 January 2004, it was decided to create a private, competitive, cost-effective airline offering all guarantees of safety and security for the region.[3]

In September 2005, the company for the promotion of a regional airline (SPCAR) was set up, which led to various feasibility studies and market studies, and sought financial and strategic partners; this led to the establishment of ASKY Airlines in November 2007. On 17 January 2008 the General Meeting to establish the new international private airline was held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. 80% of shares were to be held by private investors, and 20% by public financial institutions whose mission is to support privately owned development institutions.[4] Ethiopian Airlines became the technical and strategic partner under a management contract for the first five years of operation, holding a 40% stake.[5] [6]

Originally planned for April 2009, the first revenue flight took place on 15 January 2010.[citation needed]

Destinations[edit]

ASKY Route Network

ASKY Airlines serves the following 23 scheduled destinations throughout West and Central Africa:[7]

Hub
Future
Terminated route
Suspended route
City Country IATA ICAO Airport Refs
Abidjan  Côte d'Ivoire ABJ DIAP Port Bouet Airport [8]
Abuja  Nigeria ABV DNAA Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport [8][9]
Accra  Ghana ACC DGAA Kotoka International Airport [8]
Bamako  Mali BKO GABS Bamako-Sénou International Airport [8]
Bangui  Central African Republic BGF FEFF Bangui M'Poko International Airport [8]
Banjul  Gambia BJL GBYD Banjul International Airport [8]
Bissau Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau OXB GGOV Osvaldo Vieira International Airport [8]
Beirut  Lebanon BEY OLBA Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport [10]
Brazzaville  Republic of the Congo BZV FCBB Maya-Maya Airport [8]
Conakry  Guinea CKY GUCY Conakry International Airport [8]
Cotonou  Benin COO DBBB Cadjehoun Airport [8]
Dakar  Senegal DKR GOOY Leopold Sedar Senghor International Airport [8]
Douala  Cameroon DLA FKKD Douala International Airport [8]
Freetown  Sierra Leone FNA GFLL Lungi International Airport [8][11]
Kinshasa  Democratic Republic of Congo FIH FZAA N'djili Airport [8]
Lagos  Nigeria LOS DNMM Murtala Mohammed International Airport [8][12]
Libreville  Gabon LBV FOOL Libreville International Airport [8]
Lomé  Togo LFW DXXX Lomé-Tokoin Airport [8]
Monrovia  Liberia MLW GLMR Spriggs Payne Airport [8][13]
N'Djamena  Chad NDJ FTTJ N'Djamena International Airport [8]
Niamey  Niger NIM DRRN Diori Hamani International Airport [8]
Ouagadougou  Burkina Faso OUA DFFD Ouagadougou Airport [8]
Pointe Noire  Republic of the Congo PNR FCPP Pointe Noire Airport [8]
Yaoundé  Cameroon NSI FKYS Yaoundé Nsimalen International Airport [8]

Alliances and codeshare agreements[edit]

ASKY is able to connect flights in its network to various points in the Ethiopian Airlines network, with whom it has codeshare arrangements, via Addis Ababa and beyond to the Middle East, Far East, and East Africa. Likewise, ASKY passengers are able to connect via Lomé to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo on Ethiopian's flights.

2014 West Africa Ebola outbreak[edit]

The NCAA has suspended all ASKY flight operations to Nigeria over the transportation of an Ebola virus victim into the country. Benedict Adeyileka, the Acting Director-General of NCAA, announced the decision in a statement issued by the General Manager, Public Communications of NCAA, Fan Ndubuoke, in Lagos on Monday. He said that the regulatory authority had to take the action to protect Nigerians from the deadly Ebola virus currently ravaging some parts of Africa. ASKY Airline is an important player in East, West and Central Africa, operating 80 flights into Lagos and Abuja weekly. The airline flew a Liberian infected with Ebola virus into Lagos, where he died.[14]

Fleet[edit]

ASKY Airlines Q400 at Douala, Cameroon (2013.)

As of February 2013, ASKY Airlines operated aircraft with an average age of 4.5 years, all of which were leased from Ethiopian Airlines:.[15] ASKY was one of the first airlines in the world to operate dual-class Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft, with a completely separate cabin for business class passengers.

ASKY Airlines fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 2 16 99 115
1 16 102 118
737-400F 1 Cargo
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 4[16] 7 60 67 All leased from Ethiopian Airlines
Total 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kassim Geresu appointed as CEO of Malawian Airlines". Nazret.com. 6 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  2. ^ "Contacts." ASKY Airlines. Retrieved on 13 February 2011. "B.P. 2988 Lomé – [sic] Togo"
  3. ^ http://www.flyasky.com/asky/en/Corporate/Company/Company/Reasons-to-be-81.aspx
  4. ^ http://www.eturbonews.com/1077/new-african-airline
  5. ^ News article on ASKY Airlines being founded
  6. ^ http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/asky-airlines-eyes-expansion-to-southern-africa-and-europe-as-it-celebrates-its-third-birthday-112143
  7. ^ ASKY Airlines route network
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w "ASKY network". ASKY Airlines. Retrieved 15 December 2013. 
  9. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/ebola-outbreak-pan-african-airline-halts-flights-liberia-sierra-leone
  10. ^ http://sodere.com/profiles/blogs/asky-airlines-an-affiliate-of-the-ethiopian-airlines-to-fly-to-be
  11. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/ebola-outbreak-pan-african-airline-halts-flights-liberia-sierra-leone
  12. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/ebola-outbreak-pan-african-airline-halts-flights-liberia-sierra-leone
  13. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/30/ebola-outbreak-pan-african-airline-halts-flights-liberia-sierra-leone
  14. ^ http://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/top-news/165732-ncaa-suspends-asky-airline-for-flying-ebola-virus-victim-into-nigeria.html#sthash.qL8VqzUo.dpuf
  15. ^ ASKY Airlines fleet list at planespotters.net
  16. ^ CH-Aviation, May 2014, http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/aircraft/quick?phrase=ASKY+Airlines

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