Equatorial Congo Airlines

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Equatorial Congo Airlines
ECAir Logo.jpg
IATA
LC
ICAO
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Callsign
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Founded 2011
Operating bases Maya-Maya Airport
Fleet size 6
Destinations 7
Headquarters Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo
Key people Fatima Beyina-Moussa (CEO) Johan Maertens (Deputy CEO)
Website flyecair.com

Equatorial Congo Airlines Ltd., operating as ECAir, is a new airline from the Republic of the Congo, headquartered in Brazzaville.[1] The airline currently operates as the flag carrier for the Republic of the Congo, and is part of a move within Africa to ensure higher safety standards among airlines and increase the reputation of airlines operating within Africa.

History[edit]

ECAir was created with the support of the Congolese Government,[2] to serve as a locomotive for the modernization of the aviation sector in the region. Crews and technical support for ECAir are provided by Geneva-based VIP business carrier PrivatAir.[3] and thus ECAir avoids being included in the list of air carriers banned in the European Union, as are all airlines with maintenance services executed in the Republic of the Congo.

Operations commenced on 24 September 2011, the company having taken delivery of its first aircraft, a Boeing 737-300. It took delivery of a second Boeing 737-300 in February 2012.

On 24 August 2012 ECAir launched its first International route, Brazzaville – Paris CDG, offering 3 weekly service on board a PrivatAir Boeing 757 aircraft.[4]

On 22 July 2013, French singer PASSI released his new clip "Attachez vos ceintures" (translated from French: "Fasten your seat belt") partially recorded in ECAir 757 registred HB-JJD.

Corporate affairs[edit]

Ownership and structure[edit]

ECAir, since its creation, is 70% owned by the Government of the Republic of the Congo, 15% by seaport of Pointe-Noire and 15% by Heli-Avia company.[citation needed] To launch the airline, the Government engaged Lufthansa Consulting, who managed the complete start-up process preparation, and developed a five year business plan, including the future network and fleet structure for the new airline.[5] From the outset, all cockpit crews and some cabin crews and technical support for ECAir have been provided by Geneva-based carrier PrivatAir.

Business trends[edit]

The airline commenced operating in September 2011, and it was reported that the carrier’s business plan does not expect it to become profitable until its third year of operation, i.e. 2014.[6]

No annual reports have yet been published, and the main sources for business information are press releases and reports:

2012 2013 2014
Turnover
Profits
Number of employees 140 200
Number of passengers (m)
Number of aircraft (at year end) 3 4 5
Notes/sources [7][8] [9]

Head office[edit]

ECAir has its corporate headquarters at 1604, Avenue des Trois Martyrs, Quartier Batignolles, Brazzaville.[10]

Destinations[edit]

ECAir serves the following destinations (as of February 2014):[11]

Base
City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Brazzaville  Republic of the Congo BZV FCBB Maya-Maya Airport
Cotonou  Benin COO DBBB Cadjehoun Airport
Douala  Cameroon DLA FKKD Douala International Airport
Dubai [12]
 United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport
Oyo  Republic of the Congo OLL FCOD Denis Sassou N'Guesso Airport
Paris  France CDG LFPG Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Pointe-Noire  Republic of the Congo PNR FCPP Antonio Agostinho Neto International Airport

Fleet[edit]

The ECAir fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2014) as noted below. All aircraft are piloted with and maintained by PrivatAir employees operating under contract to ECAir.[13][14]

ECAir Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet On order Passengers
Boeing 737-300 2 120
Boeing 737-700 1 1 120
Boeing 757-200 2 148
Boeing 767-300ER 1
Boeing 787-8 1
Total 6 2

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Coordinates: 4°16′S 15°17′E / 4.267°S 15.283°E / -4.267; 15.283