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Air Djibouti Back in the Sky



The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has launched the maiden flight of its national airline – a company managed by Iron Maidan lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday.

Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, relaunched flights on Monday, with a cargo plane carrying six tonnes from Djibouti to Somalia, to Hargeisa, the capital of self-declared Somaliland.

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“This is the link in the chain that was missing from Djibouti,” said Abubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, who said he hoped the airline will help ferry cargo onwards from Djibouti’s key sea port. “We need a national company to ensure our ambitions.”

The airline is backed by British company Cardiff Aviation, whose chairman is Dickinson, a Boeing 757 and 737 pilot and instructor, and who is also the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

He used to pilot the British band’s plane during their world tours.

Dickinson’s company – based in Cardiff in Wales – signed a deal in May to provide airline support to the carrier, including management, maintenance and staff training.

In May, Dickinson said that “Djibouti is uniquely placed to provide a hub for investment from Europe, the Middle East and Asia into Africa,” and that his company would “bring a wealth of industry expertise and capability to one of the most exciting aviation markets in the world.”

Djibouti aims to become a regional hub for air cargo transport, to forward sea cargo arriving in its port.

The strategic port is in a key position on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the gateway to the Suez canal, and offers an African base across from the Arabian Peninsula at the crossroads for cargo traffic between Asia and Europe.

“Between Shanghai and Abuja (Nigeria), the transport of a container can take up to 75 days,” Hadi added. “With the sea-air transport Djibouti offers, this is reduced to 20 days. This is much cheaper than any air and much faster than any sea route.”

The tiny country of around 850,000 people has bold ambitions to become the commercial hub of eastern Africa, building on its role as the main port for landlocked Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country.

Other flights are scheduled next week to the Somali capital Mogadishu, to South Sudan’s capital Juba and the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Currently with only one aircraft, the company is due to take delivery of five aircraft later this year, including a Boeing 767, 737 and 757.

It is planned to begin passenger flights in November with connections to Paris, London, Dubai and Mumba
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Air Djibouti, back from bankruptcy, sets sights on air freight

ADDIS ABABA, SEPT 2 | BY AARON MAASHO


Djibouti's relaunched national airline, now managed by a company run by the frontman of English heavy metal band Iron Maiden, is looking to remake itself as an Africa-wide air freight service, it said on Wednesday.

The return of Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, is part of the Red Sea state's goal of becoming a major logistics hub. It is building four new ports, two airports, and a $3.5 billion-free trade zone set to be partially open by the middle of next year.

Tiny Djibouti is sandwiched between Eritrea, Somalia and Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa, sitting strategically at the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

"It happens to be our major target, the air cargo business," Dawit Michael Gebre-Ab, the airline's senior director of strategic planning, said on the sidelines of a Japan-Africa business forum held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The state-owned carrier hopes to handle 1,000 tonnes of freight by the end of December. It plans to start services to Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and countries in central Africa this year, specialising in high-value goods from electronic goods to laptop computers to temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical items and spare parts for the oil industry, Gebre-Ab said.

The company got a boost when the Djibouti government inked a management deal with Cardiff Aviation, a company based in Wales that was founded by Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson, a pilot.

Dickinson could not be reached for comment on Wednesday. He told the BBC in June that his company's aim "is to let Air Djibouti represent the country in the best way possible."

Djibouti, a former French colony with a population of less than a million, is an ally in the West's fight against Islamic militancy and piracy. It hosts a large U.S. and French military presence, as well as ships from other foreign navies policing the Gulf of Aden's shipping lanes against Somali pirates.

Global lenders, including the World Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, as well as Chinese and other foreign firms are helping fund its infrastructure development.

Air Djibouti is one of a growing number of carriers in the region, where international airlines including Turkish Airlines and Emirates are also expanding services.

Gebre-Ab said the big Middle East carriers would be among Air Djibouti's major competitors. (Editing by Edith Honan and Susan Fenton)
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Transport Aérien : Air Djibouti renaît de ses cendres

L’Autorité des ports et de la zone franche a procédé hier au premier vol d’Air Djibouti. Et ce à bord d’un avion cargo qui s’est envolé à destination d’Hargeisa.

Le ministre de l’Equipement et des Transports, Moussa Ahmed Hassan, a parrainé hier le vol inaugural de la compagnie Air Djibouti dans l’enceinte aéroportuaire de notre capitale. L’événement a regroupé sur place plusieurs personnalités publiques et des employés du transporteur aérien national.

Citons notamment le président de l’Autorité des ports et de la zone franche, Aboubaker Omar Hadi, le secrétaire général du Ministère de l’Equipement et des Transports, Saïd Nouh, et le directeur général de l’aéroport international de Djibouti, Ilyas Houssein Wais.

…Le premier vol d’un avion cargo à destination d’Hargeisa. Tout ce beau monde est monté à bord du premier avion cargo de la compagnie aérienne nationale. Et ce avant qu’il ne s’envole à destination d’Hargeisa. L’appareil peut transporter 6 tonnes de marchandises et va desservir les pays de la région.

Prudence oblige. Air Djibouti concentrera ses efforts sur le fret aérien dans un premier temps. L’équipe dirigeante prévoit, d’ores et déjà, d’étendre les activités de l’entreprise au transport des passagers vers des marchés clés dans un proche avenir.

Autre info significative: l’Autorité des ports et de la zone franche détient 70% du capital de cette compagnie tandis que 30% revient à l’AID.

La confidence émanait du ministre de l’Equipement et des Transports.

M. Moussa Ahmed Hassan a affirmé que le vol inaugural d’Air Djibouti témoigne des avancées tangibles de notre pays dans le transport multimodal. Il s’est également félicité du développement à une vitesse grand V des infrastructures routières, ferroviaires, portuaires et aéroportuaires sous les cieux djiboutiens. » Djibouti compte devenir un hub régional en matière de transport aérien », a-t-il indiqué en substance.

On retrouve des échos similaires dans la brève intervention que le président de l’Autorité des ports et de la zone franche a faite sur les lieux. M. Aboubaker Omar Hadi n’a pas caché sa satisfaction de voir notre pays se doter d’un maillon de la chaîne logistique multimodale qui lui manquait beaucoup. Il a en outre mis en exergue la prochaine mise en service du premier avion d’Air Djibouti transportant des passagers, prévue au mois de novembre 2015.

Le pari relève du possible. Si l’on se réfère au boom du trafic aéroportuaire ces dernières années en République de Djibouti. En effet, des nouvelles compagnies comme Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways et Emiraties y assurent des vols réguliers. Il appartient désormais au management de la compagnie nationale de tirer son épingle du jeu dans le secteur concurrentiel du transport aérien.

Notons au passage qu’une compagnie nommée Air Djibouti a existé entre 1983 et 2002 et proposait entre autres des vols vers Paris, Addis-Abeba et Mogadiscio. Rappelons enfin que le vol inaugural de la nouvelle compagnie Air Djibouti, qui renaît de ses cendres, est intervenu quelques mois après le lancement des travaux de construction de deux nouveaux aéroports à Chebelley et à Obock.

Ils ont dit…

Moussa Ahmed Hassan, Ministre de l’Equipement et des Transports :- « Nous venons de procéder au premier vol d’Air Djibouti. C’est un avion cargo qui peut acheminer 6 tonnes de marchandises. Ce vol inaugural d’Air Djibouti n’est qu’un début. D’autres avions de grande capacité seront prochainement mis en service. Nous avons aussi mis en place un partenariat avec l’AID grâce auquel nous pouvons rivaliser avec les grands transporteurs aériens qui desservent la région. La perspective en dit long sur les ambitions que nous nourrissons dans ce domaine. Nous voulons acquérir une grande part du marché de la région car notre pays possède un réel potentiel dans le domaine des transports et de la logistique ».

Aboubaker Omar Hadi, Président de l’Autorité des Ports et de la Zone Franche :- « Notre pays vient de lancer un maillon de la chaine multimodale qui lui faisait défaut. Ce premier cargo desservira les pays limitrophes et ceux dans la région des Grands Lacs. Aussi, le premier avion d’Air Djibouti, assurant des vols pour les passagers, sera opérationnel dans le courant de novembre 2015. Nous assistons à la renaissance d’Air Djibouti qui a existé de 1963 à 2002. Puis, la compagnie a cessé ses activités durant plusieurs années. Nous travaillons en partenariat avec l’AID pour capter d’importantes parts de marché dans le transport aérien. On ne peut pas devenir un hub régional dans ce domaine faute d’une compagnie nationale forte. Toujours est-il que la reprise des activités d’Air Djibouti est propice au développement du tourisme. Cela permettra sans nul doute de faire tourner notre économie ».

Ilyas Houssein Wais, Directeur Général de l’Aéroport International de Djibouti :- » L’AID n’a pas ménagé ses efforts pour réussir le lancement de la compagnie Air Djibouti qui redore le blason de notre aéroport. Car c’est depuis longtemps que nous n’avions pas une compagnie aérienne nationale. Nous accueillons chaleureusement cet heureux évènement qui a un caractère historique. Comme vous le savez, l’AID voit ces dernières années son trafic augmenter sensiblement. Et nous conjuguons nos efforts pour offrir des prestations services de qualité à notre clientèle. La mise en service du premier avion cargo d’Air Djibouti permettra de réduire le temps de transit des marchandises dans les pays de la région. Cela va encore renforcer les activités de l’aéroport ».

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^^ The Ports & Free Zones Authority owns 70% while the Djibouti Airport owns the remaining 30% of the Air Djibouti capital/shares.
 

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Djibouti launches airline, backed by Iron Maiden rock star

DJIBOUTI: The Horn of Africa nation of Djibouti has launched the maiden flight of its national airline – a company managed by Iron Maidan lead singer Bruce Dickinson, officials said Tuesday.

Air Djibouti, which went bankrupt in 2002, relaunched flights on Monday, with a cargo plane carrying six tonnes from Djibouti to Somalia, to Hargeisa, the capital of self-declared Somaliland.

“This is the link in the chain that was missing from Djibouti,” said Abubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of Djibouti Ports and Free Zones Authority, who said he hoped the airline will help ferry cargo onwards from Djibouti’s key sea port. “We need a national company to ensure our ambitions.”

The airline is backed by British company Cardiff Aviation, whose chairman is Dickinson, a Boeing 757 and 737 pilot and instructor, and who is also the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Iron Maiden. He used to pilot the British band’s plane during their world tours.

Dickinson’s company – based in Cardiff in Wales – signed a deal in May to provide airline support to the carrier, including management, maintenance and staff training. In May, Dickinson said that “Djibouti is uniquely placed to provide a hub for investment from Europe, the Middle East and Asia into Africa,” and that his company would “bring a wealth of industry expertise and capability to one of the most exciting aviation markets in the world.”

Djibouti aims to become a regional hub for air cargo transport, to forward sea cargo arriving in its port. The strategic port is in a key position on one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes, the gateway to the Suez canal, and offers an African base across from the Arabian Peninsula at the crossroads for cargo traffic between Asia and Europe.

“Between Shanghai and Abuja (Nigeria), the transport of a container can take up to 75 days,” Hadi added. “With the sea-air transport Djibouti, this is reduced to 20 days. This is much cheaper than any air and much faster than any sea route.”

The tiny country of around 850,000 people has bold ambitions to become the commercial hub of eastern Africa, building on its role as the main port for landlocked Ethiopia, Africa’s second most populous country.

Other flights are scheduled next week to the Somali capital Mogadishu, to South Sudan’s capital Juba and the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

Currently with only one aircraft, the company is due to take delivery of five aircraft later this year, including a Boeing 767, 737 and 757.

It is planned to begin passenger flights in November with connections to Paris, London, Dubai and Mumbai. --AFP
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Air Djibouti launches cargo flights to Mogadishu

BY WARKA · AUGUST 15, 2015

The first cargo plane owned by Air Djibouti, the flag carrier of the Red Sea state of Djibouti, landed at the Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle International Airport on Friday.

Government ministers, legislators and the Djiboutian Ambassador to Somalia welcomed the maiden flight at the seafront terminal, after its 24 absence in the Somali airspace.

Government officials led by the Minister for Air and Land Transport, Ali Ahmed Jama Jingili and the Djiboutian Ambassador to Mogadishu, Dayib Dubad Roble lined up at the airport to celebrate the return.

“This cargo transport voyage is the start of regular flights by Air Djibouti, which will soon include passenger flights,” said Ambassador Roble.

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Mr Jingali said that the flights, both cargo and passengers, between Djibouti and Somalia will strengthen the ties between the two Horn of Africa countries.

“Our government envisages to start Somali Airlines as soon as possible,” remarked Minister Jinali without specifying date for Somali Airlines flights to Djibouti.

The national carrier ceased to operate in January 1991, following the collapse of the central government.

Turkish Airlines is the only major air transport with regular flights between Istanbul and the Somali capital.
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Revamped Air Djibouti to start Africa wide freight service

One month after resuming activities, Djibouti’s national airline, Air Djibouti, is looking to remake itself as an Africa-wide air freight service, it said on Wednesday.

Djibouti aims to become a regional hub for air cargo transport with a mixed cargo, by receiving cargo in the port of Djibouti and moving goods by air.

“It happens to be our major target, the air cargo business,” Dawit Michael Gebre-Ab, the airline’s senior director of strategic planning, said on the sidelines of a Japan-Africa business forum held in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The airline hopes to handle 1,000 tonnes of freight by the end of December. It plans to start services to Sudan, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana and countries in central Africa this year, specializing in high-value goods from electronic goods to laptop computers to temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical items and spare parts for the oil industry, Dawit Michael Gebre-Ab also started.

The airline that was founded in 1963 was dissolved in 2002 after years of mismanagement. It was then re-launched in May 2015 after Djibouti signed a management deal with British-based Cardiff Aviation, owned by Bruce Dickinson who is well known for being the lead singer of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.

The state-owned carrier is expected to resume passenger flights in November with flights to Paris, London, Dubai and Mumbai. The company is currently operating with a single aircraft but it is waiting for the delivery of five aircrafts, including Boeing 767, 737 and 757.
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Djibouti to Extend Sea-Air Cargo Services to Nigeria

The Republic of Djibouti is concluding plans to launch a sea air cargo service to Nigeria and other West African countries.

Speaking at a business forum organised by the Djibouti Consulate and SIFAX Group, the Chairman, Djbouti Ports and Free Trade Zones Authority, Mr. Abubakar Omar Hadi said his country was adopting a proactive approach towards connecting inter Africa trade to flourish and to push behind the past and current realities of the unconnected continent.

While noting that the challenge of long transit time to Africa was due to lack of adequate rail and air connection among African countries, Hadi said Djbouti's effort at addressing this challenge is the leveraging of its location along the second busiest shipping route in the world.

According to him, the route transits 60 per cent of the world maritime traffic in making efforts alongside other countries to build maritime, aviation and other logistics infrastructure across the continent.

"We are developing the sea-air cargo business to serve land locked East and Central African countries as well as far away West African countries which currently have to endure unreasonably long transit time for their imports coming from Asia. This has been handicapping the business community for many years and the development of sea-air cargo services especially for high value goods will be a great solution,” Hadi said.

He disclosed that the country has invested millions of dollars in infrastructural development in order to meet the demands of becoming a multi-modal regional hub for East Africa as well as being a key player in the seamless connection of Africa especially through rail and air.

"Djibouti is seizing this opportunity to develop its own aviation-linked economy. When it comes to sea port services we have been very successful in putting Djibouti on the world map and it is evident to all that we are making rapid advances in this sector by building four brand new ports and port related infrastructure such as our planned ship repair yards. We are building one of the biggest free trade zone spanning 4350 hectares”, he said.

Enumerating a number of benefits derivable from the emerging economy of Djibouti, Hadi explained that the country's plans of transforming to a successful service-base economy will lead to timely delivery of cargoes as cargo owners will now save as much as 30 to 50 per cent over a purely ocean transit time.

Earlier, in his welcome address, the Honorary Consul of Djibouti in Nigeria and Group Executive Vice Chairman, Sifax Group, Dr. Taiwo Afolabi enjoined Nigerian businessmen and investors to take advantage of the emerging economic opportunities in the country, adding that Djibouti is positioned to become the Dubai of Africa in the next few years.

Afolabi noted that the country enjoys the advantage of a stable political system, strategic location on a busy maritime route and a friendly business environment. He assured interested Nigerians of the assistance of the consulate and Sifax Group in facilitating both business and investment needs in Djibouti.

The Consul also announced that the consulate and Sifax Group would organise a trade mission to Djibouti in October.

"The trade mission will provide a platform for interested parties to explore and interact effectively with a view to making an informed decision on available opportunities and partnerships of mutual interest and benefits,” he said.

In his presentation, the Managing Director, Sifax Group, Mr. Markus Brinkmann, said with subsidiaries like Ports and Cargo Handling Services Limited, a port operator and Skyway Aviation Handling Company Limited, an aviation ground handling company, Sifax Group is well positioned to support Djibouti in delivering this ambitious project.
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Transport aérien : les nouvelles ambitions de Djibouti

Relancée début août, Air Djibouti va doper les capacités logistiques du pays. Notamment en permettant les connexions entre mer et ciel.

Le pays retrouve sa compagnie nationale. Contrainte de mettre la clé sous la porte en 2002 après quarante ans de bons et loyaux services, Air Djibouti a fait les gros titres de la presse mondiale début août avec la reprise de ses activités.

Principale raison de cet engouement soudain qui ressemble fort à un joli coup de pub : son nouveau patron, Bruce Dickinson. L’ancienne légende du heavy metal semble aussi à l’aise aux commandes d’une compagnie aérienne que devant le micro du groupe Iron Maiden.

Reconverti en pilote–instructeur sur Boeing 737 et Boeing 757, le Britannique dirige Cardiff Aviation, basée au Pays de Galles (Royaume-Uni). Or cette société a été chargée de la gestion de la nouvelle entité d’Air Djibouti, détenue à hauteur de 70 % par l’Autorité des ports et des zones franches de Djibouti (DPFZA), et à 30 % par l’Aéroport international de Djibouti (AID).

La compagnie a pris son envol le 3 août à destination de Hargeisa, en Somalie. Pour l’instant, elle transporte uniquement du fret, mais les premières liaisons régulières pour passagers devraient débuter au cours du premier trimestre de 2016, avec les dessertes de la sous-région, des pays du Golfe, ainsi que de Londres et de Paris.

Multimodalité

Le transport aérien a longtemps été la pièce manquante du puzzle logistique djiboutien. Il représente désormais un axe de développement prioritaire pour l’Autorité des ports, qui a débuté, avec le soutien financier des banques chinoises, la construction de deux nouveaux aéroports, l’un dans la capitale, l’autre à Obock. La livraison de ces équipements, qui ne coûteront donc rien à l’État, est attendue courant 2018, pour un investissement total de 600 millions de dollars.

« Nous visons une multimodalité de type C-Air, explique Aboubaker Omar Hadi, le président de la DPFZA. Les marchandises seront acheminées par voie maritime jusqu’à Djibouti, puis par voie aérienne vers les pays limitrophes, avec un rayonnement possible en Afrique de l’Ouest. Ce modèle éprouvé est deux fois moins cher que l’aérien pur et trois fois plus rapide que le transport maritime classique. »

Pour atteindre ses objectifs, le pays peut compter sur l’appui de son secteur privé. Ivory Jet Services, société spécialisée dans l’aviation d’affaires et le transport médicalisé, vient de lancer ses activités. Dirigée par Tommy Tayoro Nyckoss, le gendre du président Ismaïl Omar Guelleh, elle a démarré ses services cette année, avec un Falcon 50 « charter VIP » susceptible d’être transformé en avion médicalisé en seulement 45 minutes. Un second appareil devrait renforcer la flotte avant la fin de l’année.
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Air transport: Djibouti's new ambitions

Launched in early August, Air Djibouti will boost its logistics capabilities of the country. Including allowing connections between sea and sky.

The country regains its national airline. Forced to put the key under the door in 2002 after forty years of loyal service, Air Djibouti has made headlines in the world press in early August with the resumption of its activities.

Main reason for this sudden craze that looks very much like a nice publicity stunt: his new boss, Bruce Dickinson. The ancient legend of heavy metal also seems comfortable at the controls of an airline that before the microphone band Iron Maiden.

Converted into instructor pilot on Boeing 737 and Boeing 757, Briton heads Cardiff Aviation, based in Wales (UK). Now this company has been responsible for the management of the combined entity Air Djibouti, owned 70% by the Autorité des ports and free zones in Djibouti (DPFZA), and 30% by the International Airport Djibouti (AID).

The company has taken off on August 3 to Hargeisa, Somalia. For now, it only transports cargo, but the first regular flights for passengers are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2016, with the routes of the sub-region, the Gulf countries, as well as London and Paris.

Multimodality

Air transport has long been the missing piece of the puzzle Djibouti logistics. It now represents a development priority for the Ports Authority, which started with the financial support of Chinese banks, the construction of two new airports, one in the capital, the other in Obock. Delivery of the equipment, which therefore will cost nothing to the state, is expected during 2018, for a total investment of 600 million.

"We are targeting a C-type Air multimodality says Abubaker Omar Hadi, chairman of DPFZA. The goods will be shipped by sea to Djibouti and then by air to neighboring countries, with the possible radiation in West Africa. This proven model is two times cheaper than pure air and three times faster than conventional shipping. "

To achieve its objectives, the country can count on the support of the private sector. Ivory Jet Services, a company specializing in business aviation and medical transport, has launched its activities. Led by Tommy Tayoro Nyckoss, the son of President Ismail Omar Guelleh, it started its services this year, with a Falcon 50 "VIP charter" that could be turned into air ambulance in just 45 minutes. A second unit should strengthen the fleet before the end of the year.
 

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When they were relaunching the national carrier, I was wondering what their strategy would be when 2 of Africa's giants are next door: Ethiopian and Kenyan Airways.

I was glad that the focus is on cargo because this is a niche market where the big players ignore. The Ports & Free Zones Authority being the main shareholder of Air Djibouti (70%), the goal is to strengthen the country's logistic hub role by adding the air link and offering a multi modal solution.
“Between Shanghai and Abuja (Nigeria), the transport of a container can take up to 75 days,” Hadi added. “With the sea-air transport Djibouti, this is reduced to 20 days. This is much cheaper than any air and much faster than any sea route.”
There is an under met demand for air freight in our region, they should strive to become Africa's main air freight carrier.
 

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The first aircraft to be operated by the revived Air Djibouti left Cardiff airport in Wales on 9 August, with the Boeing 737-400 sporting the operator's red and white livery.

Online tracking data shows the narrowbody (registration: 9H-VVB) as having completed a 2h 10min flight to Olbia airport in Sardinia, before flying another 1h leg to Luqa International in Malta. It is due to be flown to Djibouti on 11 August, and to commence revenue services four days later.

Flight Fleets Analyzer records the 737-400 – which is owned by Cardiff Aviation company VVB Aviation Malta – as powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, first flown in 1990 and configured with 167 seats.

Cardiff Aviation chairman Bruce Dickinson says Air Djibouti could soon add a BAe 146 or Avro RJ regional jet on wet-lease. From late this year, the carrier will also operate a Boeing 767-200ER, on services between its East African home nation and London Gatwick.

 

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Air Djibouti should launch revenue services on 15 August using a Boeing 737-400, with operations set to be expanded around the end of this year with a 767-200ER which is ready to undergo preparation in the UK.

Being provided by Cardiff Aviation company VVB Aviation Malta, the 737-400 is scheduled to leave St Athan airport in Wales on 9 August. After collecting additional air and cabin crew in Malta, the narrowbody will arrive in the African nation two days later.

Cardiff Aviation chairman Bruce Dickinson – who will be among the crew flying the 737 to Djibouti – describes the type as a "perfect, and very robust aircraft" for the nation's aviation requirements.

After testing of infrastructure including ticketing and baggage handling in-country, initial services will include transporting pilgrims to the annual Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Other likely near-term destinations are Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, plus Kenya; and scheduled services to Dubai should commence "in fairly short order", says Dickinson.

Following the lead aircraft's introduction, he says, Air Djibouti could wet-lease a BAe 146 or Avro RJ regional jet to build local services before its 767-200ER becomes available. The widebody is already at Cardiff Aviation's St Athan facility, where it is to undergo a heavy C-check and also receive a new interior. After its arrival, the aircraft – a former Silverjet asset now owned by the Djibouti government – will begin operations to London Gatwick airport.

Dickinson says the launch of operations for Air Djibouti should prove Cardiff Aviation's "airline in a box" concept, which includes the provision of aircraft, crews, maintenance and insurance, plus personnel training, adhering to European Aviation Safety Agency standards. The activity also should prove profitable for the nation "very quickly", he adds.

Noting that the same operating model "would work equally well" for other African and Southeast Asian nations, Dickinson says Cardiff Aviation is eyeing "two or three" other opportunities at the moment, although these have yet to develop into letters of intent.
 

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"Air Djibouti est plus qu’une simple entreprise, c’est un héritage", déclare son directeur général M. Aboubaker Omar Hadi

"La compagnie Air Djibouti, fondée en 1963, est l'une des plus anciennes du continent africain". C’est ce qu’a déclaré hier le directeur général d’Air Djibouti et par ailleurs président de l’Autorité des ports et des zones franches, M. Aboubaker Omar Hadi, lors de la cérémonie d’inauguration de la compagnie nationale de transport aérien.

"Air Djibouti est plus qu’une simple entreprise, c’est un héritage", a-t-il martelé dans une importante allocution faite au cours de la cérémonie de lancement qui a été présidée par le chef de l’Etat, M. Ismail Omar Guelleh.

La compagnie nationale Air Djibouti a déployé un Boeing 737-400, son premier avion de ligne pour le transport de passagers, et commencera ses activités en assurant le transport des pèlerins djiboutiens à destination de La Mecque.

"Pour la première fois depuis 20 ans, les pèlerins djiboutiens partiront à La Mecque à bord d’une compagnie nationale", a souligné M. Hadi qui a par ailleurs fait savoir que la gestion d’Air Djibouti a été confiée à Cardiff Aviation, une compagnie britannique appartenant à Bruce Dickinson.

"Nous prévoyons un développement du trafic d'Air Djibouti au cours des cinq prochaines années. Air Djibouti ambitionne de transporter 200 000 passagers par an et 150.000 tonnes de fret de marchandises. Ce qui va générer près de 750 millions de dollars par an. Et tout cela se fera avec le soutien de Cariff Aviation", a indiqué M. Aboubaker Omar Hadi.

Le directeur général d’Air Djibouti a par ailleurs indiqué que la compagnie nationale attendait la livraison de deux BA146-300 à la mi-septembre, et un Boeing 767-200 en décembre de cette année.

"Dès que ces appareils nous serons livrés, nous assurerons des vols réguliers vers Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Nairobi, Entebbe, Juba, Kigali, Goma, Kisangani, Bossaso, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Karthoum, Jeddah et Dubaï", a-t-il précisé.

Selon lui, Air Djibouti sera capable d’étendre ses liaisons vers l'Europe et l'Asie au cours du premier trimestre de 2017, en desservant notamment les grandes métropoles commerciales telles que Londres.

"Dans le plan d'expansion de cinq prochaines années, Air Djibouti va déployer 15 avions et commencera un programme de renforcement des capacités en 2017 pour former 60 pilotes djiboutiens, 30 ingénieurs, plus de 200 équipages de cabine et 480 membres qui constitueront le personnel commercial et administratif", a-t-il mentionné.

Le président de l’Autorité des ports et des zones franches, M. Aboubaker Omar Hadi, a enfin évoqué les opportunités d’investissement qu’offrira le secteur du transport aérien avec le démarrage des activités de cette compagnie nationale.

"Le secteur offrira de grandes opportunités d'investissement estimées à plus de 160 milliards de dollars rien que pour l'acquisition de nouveaux avions. Il ne fait donc aucun doute dans mon esprit que la direction d'Air Djibouti réussira à fournir un service de classe mondiale à ses clients et à assurer une part équitable du marché", a-t-il conclu ses propos.
source: ADI
"Djibouti Air is more than just a business, it is a legacy," said its CEO Mr. Abubaker Omar Hadi

"The company Air Djibouti, founded in 1963, is one of the oldest of the African continent." This was said yesterday the CEO of Air Djibouti and also president of the Ports Authority and Free Zones, Mr. Abubaker Omar Hadi, during the opening ceremony of the national air transport company.

"Air Djibouti is more than just a business, it is a legacy," he insisted in an important speech made during the launching ceremony which was chaired by the Head of State, Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh.

The national airline Air Djibouti deployed a Boeing 737-400, the first airliner to carry passengers and will begin operations by transporting Djiboutian pilgrims to Mecca.

"For the first time in 20 years, Djibouti pilgrims leave Mecca aboard a national company," said Mr. Hadi has also informed that the management of Air Djibouti was transferred to Cardiff Aviation, a British company owned by Bruce Dickinson.

"We expect a development of Air Djibouti traffic over the next five years. Air Djibouti aims to carry 200 000 passengers per year and 150,000 tons of freight goods. This will generate nearly $ 750 million a year. And all this will be done with the support of Cariff Aviation, "said Mr. Abubaker Omar Hadi.

The CEO of Air Djibouti also indicated that the national company was waiting for the delivery of two BA146-300 in mid-September and a Boeing 767-200 in December this year.

"As soon as these aircrafts are delivered to us, we will provide regular flights to Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Nairobi, Entebbe, Juba, Kigali, Goma, Kisangani, Bossaso, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Khartoum, Jeddah and Dubai," he specified.

He said Djibouti Air will be able to extend its routes to Europe and Asia in the first quarter of 2017
, especially in serving the large commercial cities such as London.

"In the next expansion plan of five years, Air Djibouti will deploy 15 aircraft and will start in 2017 a capacity building program to train 60 pilots Djibouti, 30 engineers, more than 200 cabin crew and 480 staff members that will constitute the commercial and administrative personel, "he mentioned.

The president of the Ports Authority and Free Zones, Mr. Abubaker Omar Hadi, elaborated further investment opportunities be offered by the airline industry with the launch of the activities of this national company.

"The industry will offer great opportunities for investment estimated at over $ 160 billion just for the acquisition of new aircraft. So there's no doubt in my mind that the management of Air Djibouti will manage to provide a service World class customers and ensuring a fair share of the market ", he concluded his remarks.
 
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