Cedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8409 posts, RR: 54
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 6142 times:
They are a danger. Friend of mine was seconded to fly with them as flight mechanic / flight loadmaster on the 707s under contract, he did one rotation to Africa and walked away. He said the planes were so overloaded and anaemic that to get airborne, the captain would push forward and pull back (and repeat) to get the nosewheel to "bounce", to start the rotation process. They had a big electrical failure en route Nairobi-Cairo, if I recall. And small stuff like reverse brackets not "locking off" after landing, my buddy would have to go around the aircraft and manually push them back into the closed position during ground stops. No regard for the life and limb of their flight crew or those under the flight path. No reason to think things have improved with the DC10.
fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
Alibo5NGN From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 773 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6012 times:
This is a surprise to me. I took a picture of this one gliding into LOS from Amsterdam on September 20th 2006.
It is a shame that they have let the pursuit of profits to cause them to cut corners. I have always wondered why they choose Entebbe, Uganda as their operational hub in Africa instead of their main sources of revenues - Lagos, Nairobi, Johannesburg, Luanda etc.
It takes knowledge to make a career. It takes wisdom to live a life.
FlyKev From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 1398 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6000 times:
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Quoting Bh4007 (Thread starter): Acording to European Commision Website's airline-ban list DAS Air Cargo are not allowed to fly. And yet, there are recent photos in the database of their aircraft in European countries:
That photo was taken on the 14th October.
They were banned from the 16th of October according to the press statement listed on their website.
It also currently updates us that they are "in discussions" with the commision about improving maintenance.
The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only
EbbUK From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5505 times:
Quoting Alibo5NGN (Reply 4): It is a shame that they have let the pursuit of profits to cause them to cut corners.
I guess it goes to show just how hard it is for developing countries to trade on their own terms with their Western counterparts. Rather than be beholden to Western carriers charging the earth for freight, they are desperate to make it work for themselves. Perhaps sometimes, as you mention, too desperate.
There is a big part of me that admires the spirit of enterprise of DAS Air and such like but it is always measured by the need of safety for everyone concerned.