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Transafrik has been in operation since 1984. It is a cargo airline, with airplane registration in the Republic of São Tomé e Príncipe, is currently working on contracts for the United Nations and has previously been on contract for the WFP (World Food Program) during the civil war in Angola for relief support. In 2006 Transafrik International was approached by the UN, which is its main contractor in Africa, to re-register the fleet to another nation for aviation safety reasons. Initial approaches were conducted to re-register the fleet from São Tomé e Príncipe (S9) to Uganda (5X). However until 2008 all airplanes are still registered in São Tomé e Príncipe.
The airline is privately owned, while the management or location of the headquarters are not clear or transparent. Legally the company is registered in Guernsey, Channel Islands of England, while there are operational offices in Entebbe, Uganda, Luanda, Angola and an administration unit in Kempton Park, South Africa.
Transafrik International was created initially to support the operation of Roan Selection Trust International - a diamond mining company. Head office is in Grosvenor St., London, United Kingdom. The diamond mining site is located in Cuango River, which is only reachable by C130 Hercules. They set up a short landing area in the site. Landmines planted by UNITA prevented the MAC truck from reaching the area, so Christian Rudolph G. Hellinger (CRGH), then President of RST International, created Transafrik International. CRGH is a German national born in Leizpig, East Germany.
The Transafrik International fleet comprises the following aircraft (as of August 2016):
The airline fleet previously included the following aircraft (as of March 2012):
Accidents and incidents
- "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part Two)". Airliner World (November 2016): 30.
- "Plane crash near Kabul killed all 7 on board -official". Reuters. 12 October 2010. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
- "ASN Aircraft Accident: Lockheed L-100-20 Hercules 5X-TUC Kabul Airport (KBL)". Aviation Safety Network. Flight Safety Foundation. 29 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-13.
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