ASKY Airlines

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ASKY Airlines
ASKY Airlines logo.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
KP SKK ASKY AIRLINE
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 Henok Teferra (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 Airlines serves the following 18 scheduled destinations throughout West and Central Africa from its hub at Lome (July 2015):[7]

ASKY Route Network
Hub
Future
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][9]
Kinshasa  Democratic Republic of Congo FIH FZAA N'djili Airport [8]
Lagos  Nigeria LOS DNMM Murtala Mohammed International Airport [8][9]
Libreville  Gabon LBV FOOL Libreville International Airport [8]
Lomé  Togo LFW DXXX Lomé-Tokoin Airport [8]
Malabo  Equatorial Guinea SSG FGSL Malabo International Airport [8][9]
Monrovia  Liberia MLW GLMR Spriggs Payne Airport [11]
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.

Fleet[edit]

ASKY Airlines Q400 at Douala, Cameroon (2013)

THe ASKY Airlines fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[12]

ASKY Airlines Fleet
Passenger Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Boeing 737-700 3 16 99 115
Boeing 737-800 1 16 138 154
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 4 7 60 67 All leased from Ethiopian Airlines
Total 8

As of July 2013, ASKY Airlines operated aircraft with an average age of 5 years, all of which were leased from Ethiopian Airlines.[13]

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.

Incidents and accidents[edit]

On 10 January 2015 an ASKY Airlines Boeing 737-43QSF (leased from Ethiopian Airlines), was damaged beyond repair in a landing accident and runway excursion at Kotoka International Airport, Accra, Ghana. The aircraft was written off and there were no fatalities.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "henok teferra prend commandes dasky". lomeinfos. 
  2. ^ "Contacts." ASKY Airlines. Retrieved on 13 February 2011. "B.P. 2988 Lomé – [sic] Togo"
  3. ^ "Reasons to be". flyasky.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  4. ^ "ASKY A new African airline - eTurboNews.com". eturbonews.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  5. ^ "ASKY airline West Africa regional airline first flight in April 2009 - DWS Aviation". dancewithshadows.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  6. ^ "ASKY Airlines eyes expansion to Southern Africa and Europe as it celebrates its third birthday". centreforaviation.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "ASKY AIRLINES : Réservation billet avion, Promotions tarifs vol, Voyage asky airlines, compagnie aérienne régionale". flyasky.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  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. ^ a b c d "Ebola outbreak: pan-African airline halts flights to west African countries". the Guardian. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "ASKY Airlines, an affiliate of the Ethiopian Airlines, to fly to Beirut, Lebanon". sodere.com. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "http://www.air-journal.fr/2015-05-29-asky-airlines-et-air-burkina-partagent-leurs-codes-5144818.html". Air Journal France. 29 May 2015. Retrieved 3 July 2015.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 34. 
  13. ^ "Asky Airlines Fleet Details and History". planespotters.net. Retrieved 16 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "ASKY Airlines". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 25 October 2016. 

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