Ethiopian upbeat about Nigeria bid, updates on African ops

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Togo’s ASKY Airlines adds first plane to local register

22.09.2022 – 14:05 UTC

ASKY Airlines (KP, Lomé) has registered its first B737-800 in Togo, in contrast to all other of its aircraft still registered in Ethiopia.

5V-TTV (msn 43422), a 5.6-year-old B737, was delivered from maintenance at Addis Ababa to Lomé on September 2 and entered into service on September 7, 2022. Although it was ferried from Ethiopia, it was not transferred from ASKY Airlines’ shareholder Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa). In this instance, its previous operator was Myanmar National Airlines (UB, Yangon)

The aircraft is owned by AerCap/GECAS, the ch-aviation fleets ownership module shows.

The Togolese carrier operates four B737-700s and eight -800s, all of which, except for 5V-TTV, are registered in Ethiopia. One -700 and five -800s have been transferred from Ethiopian Airlines. Ethiopian Aviation Holding Group owns a 40% share in ASKY Airlines, which is its largest venture in Africa outside of its home market.

ASKY Airlines told ch-aviation that it was planning to register more aircraft in Togo…

Ethiopian to lease three B767-300 freighters from Titan

14.09.2022 – 13:10 UTC

Ethiopian Airlines (ET, Addis Ababa) continues to grow its dedicated freighter fleet after closing a deal with Titan Aviation Holdings to lease three B767-300(ERBCF)s. The first of the three planes is due to arrive later this month, the second later this year, and the third in 2023. The incoming aircraft will take Ethiopian’s dedicated freighter fleet to 15 aircraft.

“This dry lease agreement will be fundamental to our fast-growing cargo operation as Ethiopian is a key global player in the air cargo business,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mesfin Tasew.

Titan Aviation Holdings is a subsidiary of New York-based Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings which owns Atlas Air and Polar Air Cargo in addition to Titan Holdings, a joint venture with Bain Capital Credit, a division of Bain Capital. Bain’s ongoing airline investments include stakes in Icelandair, Virgin Australia, as well as Arajet.

According to the ch-aviation fleets advanced module, Ethiopian’s existing freighter fleet includes one B737-800(BCF), three B737-800(BDSF)s, and nine B777-200Fs….

Startup Ashanti wins bid for Ghana’s new flag carrier

09.09.2022 – 12:41 UTC

Ashanti Airlines (Accra) is set to be selected as the preferred bidder to support the establishment of a new Ghanaian national airline, well-placed sources have told ch-aviation.

Although AviationGhana broke the news citing its own sources, no official announcement has been made. However, ch-aviation is reliably informed that Ashanti Airlines has signed a joint venture agreement with the Government of Ghana as the home-based carrier. “Chances are high” that Ashanti Airlines has clinched the bid as the startup is currently in the final phases of its AOC certification drive with the Ghana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), ch-aviation was told. According to GCAA records, Ashanti Airlines Limited already holds an air carrier’s licence (ACL) allowing it to operate scheduled and chartered passenger and cargo flights on an international, regional, and domestic basis.

AviationGhana’s sources claimed the deal with the government was finalised. Ashanti Airlines was in the latter stages of completing its financial arrangements and already recruiting.

As reported, Ashanti Airline is owned by Ghanaian business mogul and co-founder of the Despite…

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