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Liquidation Of Air Afrique Today?

Wed Jun 13, 2001 4:33 pm

The BBC reported this morning that the 11 owner nations of Air Afrique will be meeting today to discuss the probable liquidation of the airline.

They were also looking at other options such as re-financing their $400 million debt, privatization, or selling the airline to other major carrier.

The BBC says that other options are highly unlikely due to large labor disputes and the recent repossesion of aircraft that has left Air Afrique operating less then 30% of normal scheduled flights.

Since I doubt anyone will purchase the airline, and privatization would be to complicated to accomlish in such a short period of time, that liquidation will be the most likely option, with each member nation establishing their own service to make up for lost Air Afrique service..

A good idea for a multination airline killed by horrible management!!!!!  Crying
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RE: Liquidation Of Air Afrique Today?

Wed Jun 13, 2001 7:12 pm

It is indeed a pity if Air Afrique disappears. Apart from the above mentioned problems the very late introduction of a hub system (Abidjan) was probably also a contributing factor.
This will lead to the birth of many small national airlines with small regional networks and perhaps a sole international link to Paris (for the visiting friends and relatives- traffic). The fastest way between two African neighbouring capitals will still be via CDG as before.
But this is good news for Ghana Airways of course.
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RE: Liquidation Of Air Afrique Today?

Wed Jun 13, 2001 8:54 pm

Ghana Airways is a gre..well ok airline. I have flown with them on a few occasion s from Europe to Accra. The service is good but the scheduling is incredibly horrible. Their international flights depart Accra at the worst times, usually from 12-2 AM!! and thats if it departs on time. On the occasions I flew with them we didn't depart until well after sunrise. And you had much better odds of winning the lottery then receiving all of your luggage in one piece, with everything in it.

A word of advice to anyone flying to Accra anything remotly valuable that you put in your check-on luggage will probably be confiscated by the police or customs "officials". Accra is a mess and a horrible hub location for inter-African flights. I will greatly miss taking Air Afrique out of the much more organized hubs in Dakar and Abijan.

The one thing that can be said for this is Air Gabon who refused to join in the Air AFrique group. They are doing very well right now and expanding destinations and receiving new aircraft. Maybe the other "former" Air Afrique member nations can follow the Air Gabon example.
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RE: Liquidation Of Air Afrique Today?

Wed Jun 13, 2001 9:32 pm

Well, I do agree with NUAir on the fact that small national airlines can fill the void left by RK. Some of them (Air Gabon first, but also Ghana Airways) are promising well. I believe that Senegal has to have a strong national airlines (how is their new airlines) and Nigeria as well. Travelling country to country via CDG is expensive and, politically, would be such a big step backwards as for African identity vis-a-vis Europe. RK cannot survive as it is but a good solution is strenghtening some key national airways.
The ABJ hub is another problem. The airport is beautiful, but it is unfeasible to think to make other countries pax to go thru ABJ to go to Europe. From Bangui, Bamako, Cotonou, Lome you get to Paris in 6 hrs by AF. If you have to pass thru ABJ it will become a one day flight.

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