englandair
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New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 5:29 am

Hi,

I read the following on Pprune.org but it didn't get much response there, so I thought I'd ask here.

"Does anyone know anything about a new start-up airline called Red Air, flying DC10-30 5X-ONE from LGW to LOS and EBB via BJL and FNA?
In particular, what is the history of the aircraft?"


LOS= Lagos, Nigeria
EBB= Entebbe, Uganda
BJL= Banjul, The Gambia
FNA= Freetown, Sierra Leone (I think)

So has anyone heard anything about this? If it's passengers they're obviously going for the VFR (visiting friends and relatives) market. Or is it a cargo idea? I assume it would be a UK based airline?
Given the current situation in the airline industry have they got a hope in Hell?!

Thanks for your info and opinions.
 
LGW
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 5:42 am

Well, im an LGW local and check flights regulaly and have seen no 'Red Air' or any unusal flight codes. What is their flight code?

I know there is a flight LGW-BJL-FNA but I beleive its operated by a Cougar 727.

Anyone know anything bout this?

Oh and no, they dont stand a hope in hell Big grin

LGW
 
englandair
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 6:40 am

LOL let's hope we're wrong LGW!

I think they're just a planned airline- they certainly aren't flying yet.
 
LGW
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 7:08 am

Would be nice. MAN gets all the interesting stuff so a new thing just for LGW would be a nice first!

LGW
 
1stspotter
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 7:49 am

Hi,

The airline will be called Africa One and it setup or partialy owned by the management of DAS Air.

5X-ONE is ex 5Y-MBA and that was the DC10 flying for African Safari.

The aircraft is now as said 5X-ONE and was at Manston for a couple of weeks for maintenance. I believe it left Manston last week for respray in Africa One colours.

For the livery of Africa One, see my website and select the new airline section.
http://surf.to/spotter

regards,
Marcel
 
englandair
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 10:12 am

Thanks Marcel- nice livery.

So are they going to be freight or pax?
 
englandair
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 9:16 pm

Another thing- is there so much demand that British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Nigeria Airways and Africa One could all make money on LON-LOS? (BA also fly LON-Abuja in Nigeria, and VS will start this service in April too).

I assume they'll have 5th freedom rights between the UK and the stopping points?
 
hkgspotter1
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Sun Feb 24, 2002 9:22 pm

Celidh's 5th start up ???
 
donder10
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Mon Feb 25, 2002 2:06 am

BA make a killing in the premium cabins to LOS
 
1stspotter
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RE: New UK Airline To Fly To Africa?

Mon Feb 25, 2002 3:04 am

It is a passengers airline. For inner Africa routes i beleive MD82's are being used.

regards,
Marcel