Brussels Airlines’ Korongo project moves forward

The Korongo Airlines project, being established by Brussels Airlines in partnership with Georges Forrest International (GFI) and Congolese investors, is moving forward, in anticipation of an early 2011 launch. The new airline will be based in Lubumbashi, the second-largest town in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and will initially use a Boeing 737 provided by Brussels Airlines, which would then be joined by two BAe 146s. The company was legally registered in April. BAe 146-200 OO-MJE (msn E2192) has been undergoing a C-Check in preparation for operations in Congo, while sistership OO-DJF (msn E2167) is being parted out to provide a stock of spares for the new venture. A hangar and other infrastructure are under construction at Lubumbashi. The Korongo project was initiated by Brussels Airlines in late 2009, following the collapse of an earlier effort to establish an airline in the DRC, AirDC, which would also have used BAe 146s.

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