Brussels Airlines plans African BAe 146 operation


Brussels Airlines is planning to establish an airline to operate within Africa, and transfer its six BAe 146-200s to them. The new airline, tentatively called Pan-African Airlines, would be registered in Mauritius, but operate primarily in Rwanda, Burundi, and neighboring countries — the so-called “Great Lakes” region. Flights would link regional capitals with each other and to Brussels Airlines’ long-range services to Europe. Mauritius was chosen as the legal home of the new airline because of its JAR certification standards. SN Brussels Airlines had earlier won a tender to take over and re-organize Cameroon Airlines in cooperation with local investors, and had planned to transfer the BAe 146s there, but the plan fell apart when the government decided to re-open the tender after receiving an apparently more attractive offer from an American investment group.

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