Air Gabon Renews ITS Fleet With All Boeing

Sat Jun 02, 2001 8:05 am

SEATTLE, June 1, 2001 - The Flag Carrier of
Gabon is the first airline in the region to announce
plans to renew its entire fleet with new Boeing
Next-Generation 737-700, 747-400 Combi, and
767-300ER airplanes. Upon delivery of its new Boeing
airplanes, the airline will operate one of the
youngest fleets in the world.
"The renewal of Air Gabon's fleet is part of a
complete economic, financial, technical and
commercial strategy undertaken by its shareholders",
said Emmanuel Nze-Bekale, chairman of Air Gabon.
"The new planes will allow the company to regain
and extend its market share in a more and more
competitive environment."
Implementation of the plan began earlier this
year with the interim leases of a 737-400 and a
737-300 from CIT Leasing Corporation, making Gabon
the first airline in Central and West Africa to
initiate its fleet replacement. This phase of the
plan adds two 737-700s, one 747-400 Combi, and
one 767-300ER, with deliveries scheduled to begin
in 2003.
"Air Gabon is operating in an important,
emerging area of the world," said Doug Groseclose, vice
president of International Sales for Boeing
Commercial Airplanes. "We are pleased to be a part of
Air Gabon's success, and we look forward to
contributing to the airline's continued success."
This new fleet renewal and expansion will make
Air Gabon a leader in the 21st century with a
family of airplanes that deliver the best value to
its customers.
Chairman Nze-Bekale said the 747-400 Combi,
767-300 and 737-700s fulfill three objectives for Air

* To provide quality, comfort and a positive
image to its clients;
* To homogenize the structure of its fleet, and
* To fully engage the operational qualifications
of our pilots and ground crews.

"With a redesigned service, a new fleet, a new
marketing plan and a reinforced technical
partnership, Air Gabon is actively preparing for its
place in the Third Millennium by responding to a
changing and ever more demanding market," Chairman
Nze-Bekale said.
Air Gabon was designated a national carrier in
1968. In May 1977, Gabon withdrew from the Air
Afrique consortium and began operating its own
international services from West Africa with a fleet
of new Boeing airplanes. The airline currently
operates a 747-200 Combi, a 767-200ER, a 727-200
and a 737-200 on an extensive network of passenger
and cargo services between West Africa, South
Africa and international destinations including
Rome, London, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Nice,
Marseille and Paris, France. They also serve an
extensive network within Africa to Johannesburg,
Douala, Lome, Abidjan, Cotonou, Bamako, Abidjan,
Dakar, Malabo, Bangui, Kinshasa, Pointe Noire and
The 737-700 can fly up to 3,260 nautical miles
(6,040 kilometers), the farthest of the four
Next-Generation 737 models. It offers superior
reliability and maintainability and features an
all-new, spacious 777-style interior. The
Next-Generation 737 is the newest design and most
technologically advanced family of airplanes in the
single-aisle market, featuring an all-new wing and updated
liquid-crystal displays in the flight deck.
The 767-300ER can fly up to 6,115 nautical miles
(11,320 km), offering the lowest operating cost
per trip of any widebody airplane, and is one of
the most popular twin-aisle airplanes ever built.
More than 800 767s are in service with 80
operators around the world.
The Boeing 747-400 Combi has helped airlines
around the world meet their long-range passenger and
cargo requirements. The Combi has a large
side-cargo door behind the left wing, with the
capability to replace passenger seats with cargo
containers in the aft portion of the airplane. This
flexibility allows airlines to adapt the interior
configuration to meet variations in seasonal markets
and charter demands.

Another victory for Boeing  Smile
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RE: Air Gabon Renews ITS Fleet With All Boeing

Sat Jun 02, 2001 8:08 am

"If it ain't a Boeing, they ain't going!"
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