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) Marco Villa (Director Strategy)
Website flyecair.com

Equatorial Congo Airlines SA, operating as ECAir, is an airline headquartered in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo.[1] The airline currently operates as the flag carrier of the Republic of the Congo.

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]

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. After Lufthansa Consulting was phased out, the airline obtained specialised consultancy services mainly via the company CoeM. CoeM is also active in other services fields in Congo, like urbanism, buildings, and hotels. From April 2013 to August 2014, Dr Maria-Angelika Hanne was Commercial Director of ECAir, on behalf of CoeM.

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
Number of employees 140 200 350
Number of passengers (m) 202K
Number of aircraft (at year end) 3 4 5
Notes/sources [7][8] [9]

Head office[edit]

ECAir has its corporate headquarters at ECAir House, Maya Maya Airport, Brazzaville.

Destinations[edit]

ECAir serves the following destinations (as of October 2014):[10]

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 [11]
 United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport
Oyo  Republic of the Congo OLL FCOD Oyo Ollombo 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.[12][13]

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 1 194
Boeing 787-8 2
Total 6 2

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