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New Airline To Take To The Skies 15 Jan  
User currently offlineAF022 From France, joined Dec 2003, 2169 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 17335 times:

ASKY airlines will start service on 15 January - hopefully to address the dire lack of reliable service in West Africa.

Service is scheduled from a base in Lome (Togo) to OUA, DKR, ABJ, BJL, BKO, COO, BZV, LBV, DLA, FIH, LOS and ACC.

Good luck!

Anyone in the region with informaiton about this airline please forward! I'm in West Africa now & then and getting around is pain in the neck! I hope they succeed!

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User currently offlineTobias2702 From Germany, joined Sep 2008, 722 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 16863 times:

Some information I could find:

Ethiopian Airlines has a 25 per cent stake in ASKY Airlines. The new start-up airline was planned since 2008. Originally, operations should have commenced in April 2009, so I'm not giving all too much that they will really take of this time, even though they acquired two ex-Sterling aircraft of the type B737-700: ET-ANG and ET-ANH (formerly OY-MRP, -MRR). IMO, a reliable airline needs a website with online booking nowadays, something that ASKY cannot offer up to now.

http://www.dancewithshadows.com/avia...irline-first-flight-in-april-2009/
http://www.ch-aviation.ch/aircraft.php?search=set&airline=YKS&al_op=1



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User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 16690 times:



Quoting AF022 (Thread starter):
Anyone in the region with informaiton about this airline please forward!

Here is their planned schedule:
http://www.africanflyer.com/2009/12/...-airlines-flight-schedules-loaded/

Quoting Tobias2702 (Reply 1):
so I'm not giving all too much that they will really take of this time

we shall know in 4 short days  Wink

Quoting Tobias2702 (Reply 1):
IMO, a reliable airline needs a website with online booking nowadays

Agreed, it is still lacking. Not sure if they are planning on just using travel agencies in the short run. ET is also not that good in this domain, so they may have to get help elsewhere.

I hope the airline can make it, it has been one of ET's wet dreams to have a west Africa mini hub for a long time.


User currently offlineBeagleboys From Italy, joined Jun 2006, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 15179 times:

i'm pretty sure that the african people will not miss the internet site... it's africa and it's hard to find a cheap and fast connection to internet.


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User currently offlineSandyb123 From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2007, 1124 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 14966 times:
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Erm, it does have a website, albeit fairly poor:

http://www.flyasky.com

Sandyb123



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User currently offlineQantas777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 484 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 13073 times:

I look forward to chaos and no profits and then some shady shut down in the next year or so! Good luck and thanks for wasting our time!!!!

User currently offlineFauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 12964 times:



Quoting Sandyb123 (Reply 4):
Erm, it does have a website, albeit fairly poor:

http://www.flyasky.com

At the moment the website tells nothing more apart from they plan to acquire a 150-seat aircraft, and a 250-seat aircraft for long haul. It looks shady to me  scratchchin 



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User currently offlinePIAflyer From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 150 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12175 times:

on the fleet page they look like Airbus 310's

User currently offlineIMissPiedmont From United States of America, joined May 2001, 6326 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 12067 times:

"150-seater modules for short and medium haul and 250-seater modules for long haul flights."

A direct quote from the website, I think this is a play site made by someone learning to make a webpage (and speak english at the same time)



Damn, this website is getting worse daily.
User currently offlineAvroArrow From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 1045 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 10324 times:

I saw the "Module" reference on the fleet page as well. Maybe its some new high tech flexible fleet type where you can split the aircraft apart and add and remove fuselage plugs at will to optimize the aircraft for the route and load. Kind of like the ultimate COMBI aircraft.  Smile


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User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9852 times:



Quoting Qantas777 (Reply 5):
thanks for wasting our time!!!!

I believe you wasted your own time bud. Don't like the topic, walk away.

Quoting Beagleboys (Reply 3):
i'm pretty sure that the african people will not miss the internet site... it's africa and it's hard to find a cheap and fast connection to internet.

in most parts of Africa, I believe that bookings happen via agencies, not the Internet, so this may not be a showstopper for ASKY to start flying. We shall see...


User currently offlineAirGabon From Switzerland, joined Dec 2003, 890 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 8495 times:

Good news after the disappearance of the historical carriers: Air Afrique for all the all the Western Freanch-speaking part of Africa + Congo-Brazzaville, Chad and Centrafrican Republic, Cameroun Airlines, Air Gabon, Nigeria Airways and Ghana Airways.

I hope that politicians will not interfere in the management and will make pressure for crazy ideas....

West and Central Africa will be structured around:
- Senegal Airlines
- Aga Khan group: Air Burkina, Air Mali, Uganda Airlines
- Air Ivoire
- ASKY
- Arik Air
- Gabon Airlines
- maybe a future new player in Cameroun: Camair a new Cameroun Airlines.


User currently offlineOffloaded From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2009, 893 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7139 times:



Quoting AirGabon (Reply 11):

... although what would the viability be of 8U setting up regional bases in addition to TIP? I only suggest 8U because Gaddafi has been doing the Pan-African thing for years (rather than the historical Pan-Arab bit) and Libya has plenty of money to blow on such projects. Or maybe the renewed LN, but it wouldn't surprise me if 8U and LN merge at some point.



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User currently offlineSAAB900 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2007, 490 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 7085 times:



Quoting AirGabon (Reply 11):
West and Central Africa will be structured around:
- Senegal Airlines
- Aga Khan group: Air Burkina, Air Mali, Uganda Airlines
- Air Ivoire
- ASKY
- Arik Air
- Gabon Airlines
- maybe a future new player in Cameroun: Camair a new Cameroun Airlines.

What about Slok Air? Are they still around?
http://www.slok-air.com/
I remember seeing their B737-200's while on holiday in The Gambia. IIRC at BJL we saw 4 of them although 2 looked like they were stored!

Dave(SAAB900).


User currently offlineBeagleboys From Italy, joined Jun 2006, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 5796 times:

in the carrer page they search pilots with a JAR/FAA license with a TR on the 737-700 and 767-300. So, i guess, the planes are the 737 and 767...


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User currently offlineETinCaribe From Ethiopia, joined Dec 2009, 738 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4201 times:



Quoting Offloaded (Reply 12):
I only suggest 8U because Gaddafi has been doing the Pan-African thing for years

I would not put too much stock in that. How is 8U doing anyway?


User currently offlineSflaflight From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 1183 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (4 years 10 months 2 weeks ago) and read 4123 times:



Quoting Tobias2702 (Reply 1):
IMO, a reliable airline needs a website with online booking nowadays, something that ASKY cannot offer up to now.

Why? Over half of the planet has no access to the Internet. There still are many places where people by tickets in cash through an office. Many areas of Latin America, Africa, Asia still operate that way. Of course, it helps, foreigners, but does nothing for locals who need to fly and have no Internet access.


User currently offlineLX138 From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2009, 401 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4002 times:

Quotes from their site:

"Just like for a man, the identity of an enterprise is crucial in its life and in the attainment of the expected success."

Love it!!!

"In the long run, a close relationship with an airline (or with one or several strategic partners) could be profitable since it could lead to membership of one of the three global alliances (Star, Skyteam and Oneworld)."

They have high aspirations!

They say flights are starting this Friday! Have they any aircraft yet?



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User currently offlineMarcoPoloWorld From United States of America, joined Mar 2008, 649 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (4 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 3791 times:



Quoting LX138 (Reply 17):
Love it!!!

I too have got to say that - with the huge drawback of the absence of booking capability - their website is an extraordinary statement with amazing pictures and videos of the certification process, as well as some very thoughtful and philosophical mission / raison-d'être statements. And you've got to love the logo-theme colors of brown and gold.

Looks like Asky will be starting up using two 737-700s .


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