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Burundi 747-400F New Operator?

Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:43 am

Hi all...according skyliner-aviation.de ex 744F OM-ACG was re-registered 3 days ago in Kazakhstan as 9U-BBA.
AFAIK 9U belongs to the small and humble african country Burundi.
Does anyone here knows more details, possible name of this new Burundian operator, etc?
Tks in advance...AD
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Re: Burundi 747-400F New Operator?

Tue Jun 16, 2020 11:22 am

It looks somewhat suspicious.
A preparation for export to Iran perhaps?
Or someone not very trustworthy trying to use Burundi as "flag of convenience"?
 
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Re: Burundi 747-400F New Operator?

Tue Jun 16, 2020 12:48 pm

Flag of convenience of sorts, unlikely to head to Iran.

OM-ACG, was formerly with Air Cargo Germany, an ill fated German cargo airline, with owners from E. Europe/Russia, the aircraft was at some point purchased by Aquiline, a Russian owned, UAE based, cargo operator, and then leased to Air Cargo Germany's phoenix airline, 'Air Cargo Global'. Air Cargo Global was in turn bought by Jaideep Mirchandani who also owns a company (among many others) called Aerotrans that itself owns multiple older B747F.

Jaideep Mirchandani is well known in the Middle East cargo world for his previous air cargo charter activities that got him on the wrong side of the authorities in America.

ACG part 2, went under last year, whilst in recent months Aquiline, who previously only involved themselves in wet lease work, have had a booming time doing charter flights with Covid supplies.

Possibly they have decided to take on this aircraft for their own work, or it may now be destined for another Middle East cargo outfit.

This aircraft and many other older 747's are still to this day the backbone of the supply chain to forces and subcontractors in the Middle East's hot zones, running charters regularly, the vast majority on flags of convenience - Armenia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Georgia, although Burundi is a new one to me.
 
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Re: Burundi 747-400F New Operator?

Tue Jun 16, 2020 2:16 pm

Since the government plans a merger between Air Burundi and SOBUGEA ((SOciété BUrundaise de Gestion des Entrepôts et d’Assistance des avions en escale), in order to boost local air transport, this 744 will be converted into this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nd_JTRtP9FE

https://www.iwacu-burundi.org/air-burun ... -la-porte/


LAXEMA wrote:
This aircraft and many other older 747's are still to this day the backbone of the supply chain to forces and subcontractors in the Middle East's hot zones, running charters regularly, the vast majority on flags of convenience - Armenia, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Georgia, although Burundi is a new one to me.


Otherwise, what feeble Burundi offers that those Far Eastern Europe countries don't?
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