The following information has been published by Flight International in their world airline census'
The 1995 Airline census (published 5-11 April 1995) quotes Lionair as the following:
"PO Box 50695, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
tel: +27 (21) 683 1922 fax: +27 (21) 684 2278
Date established: 1994
Fleet: 2 x Boeing 727"
The 1996 airline census, published in Flight Int'l 3-9 April 1996 cites the following:
PO Box 50695, Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa
tel: +27 (21) 419 3669, fax: +27 (21) 419 3816
Services: Regional and domestic charter passenger and cargo
Date established: October 1993
Date operations started: 1 May 1995
Employees total: 120
Aircrew staff: 85
Engineering staff: 3
President: ND Robertson
CFO: JD Krueger
VP Commercial: JD Wandall
VP Marketing: PD Roman
VP Operations: LR Thompson
VP Technical: WA Otteson
Chief Pilot: CM Briza
Fleet: 2 x Boeing 727
Plans: To acquire 6 x Boeing 727 and 2 x McDonnell Douglas
Main base/hub: Cape Town
Services: Throughout Africa providing "instant airline" services for local and regional carriers.
Plans to begin scheduled domestic service in 1997.
Maintenance services: Safair"
The 1997 airline census reduced its coverage to one line:
"Lionair - ceased operating in 1995"
Firstly, I have been informed by reliable sources in South Africa (and no, I am not going to provide their details to you), that Lionair was non-existent, par se.
The figures from the 1996 census seem out-of-whack to me. 85 aircrew for only 2, yes 2, 727s?
Can you please expand for me on whether Lionair ever did actually begin operations. And why this information was provided to Flight International for their 1996 census, when as I mentioned previously, a couple of reliable sources in South Africa have stated that it is false, and I quote from one of them; "Lionair was never a serious project. The closest it ever got to reality was responding to a Flight International survey and spinning them a load of bull about how it owned a bunch of DC-10s and 727s and employed several hundred people based here in Cape Town. In fact, the only thing that the guy owned was a postal box at the V&A Waterfront (our version of Sydney's big shopping centre on the harbour edge the name of which escapes me this morning)."
I also found some information on why the Burundi Government most probably tried to nationalise City Connexion (and AFFIMET). The two links below seem to suggest that there were shady goings on's (my impression from the articles....NOT fact) in paradise.
This site is in French
This site is in Spanish
(For those of you who can't understand either language go to http://translator.go.com
and enter the URL, and it will translate the page for you).
I do have to congratulate you Neil on getting charges laid against Capt. Joe Kirama (the CEO of African Star, who has been described as another dreamer), for VAT fraud.
Whatever did happen to charges you made against Richard Gain and Russel Loubser of Phoenix Airways (whom I am led to believe stole your business plan....even though Phoenix only did last for a year).
Again, I am posting this information in response to my first posting on this thread before you arrived, and now that you are here, I would appreciate some answers to the questions I have posed here.