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Airline Reports / [PW #3024] African Airlines
« on: June 07, 2015, 06:58:42 pm »
So I created a lot of hype with my previous report but never followed up. I'll try follow up this one. Decided to play one game in my break. Please note that I'll be playing a "relaxed" game, so not aiming to get to the top but rather enjoying myself creating a more realistic airline. Hope you all enjoy it!

Issue 1 [21 November 1986]

African Airlines Launches
As world airline traffic increases, Africa has been left in the dark. Today aviation history in Africa will start with a blank new page. A humble new airline has been launched in South Africa. After numerous test flights the past month, African Airlines is proud to commence full operations starting this month.


ZS-AAA taxiing at OR Tambo International Airport

Based in Johannesburg, African Airlines will operate from OR Tambo International Airport. Using the ICAO code ZAA (ZA for South Africa and A for airline), we will operate various routes within Southern Africa.

Our flight schedule is as follows:
ZAA101 Cape Town
ZAA102 Durban
ZAA103 Port Elizabeth
ZAA104 East London
ZAA105 George
ZAA106 Bloemfontein
ZAA201 Nairobi, Kenya
ZAA202 Harare, Zimbabwe
ZAA203 Maputo, Mozambique
ZAA204 Windhoek, Namibia
ZAA205 Lusaka, Zambia

All flights are operated on our MD83 aircrafts. Plans to acquire more aircrafts in future are in place once operations have stabilized over the coming months, particularly over the traditional December holiday season.


The test livery at Cape Town International Airport (top) vs the new livery in flight (bottom)

As today marks the official launch of our airline, we are also proud to present our African livery to the world. Although our aircrafts carried out test flights in a test livery, we are very proud of our in-house designed final livery. Although the Lion was a popular icon amongst the staff, our Lion received new life in the new livery, leaping with wings. The green and gold of the African plains have been retained, making African Airlines instantly recognizable.

Stats (As of November 1986)
Airline Value: €132,234,871
Total Routes: 11
Daily Passengers: 3,612

Fleet (As of November 1986)
McDonnell Douglas MD-83: 2
On Order:
Total: 2

We hope you follow us with this new journey over the African sky. We cannot wait to welcome you on board your next flight to Africa.

Until next time,
CEO African Airlines
Africa's Pride


December 1998, Issue 1

Welcome to the first issue of Isibkhumba, the official newsroom of Royal African Airlines in PW #2883. Inspired by China Airways, Isikhumba (meaning parchment in Zulu) aims to keep other players up to date with the happenings of Royal African Airlines. I hope you all enjoy the ride with us!

Royal African Airlines was launched on 4 October 1986 with flights from what was then, Jan Smuts International Airport in South Africa. Royal African was the first airline to be launched on the African continent, serving an untapped market. The airline started with a single Embraer EMB-110 and leased several aircrafts in the beginning to start off operations throughout South Africa and Southern Africa.

The first aircraft purchased by Royal African Airlines, an ATR 42 registered ZS-AAB, flying over Johannesburg

Two months later, Royal African purchased their first ever modern aircraft, a single ATR 42. Which enabled us to reach new destinations such as Angola and Mauritius. Shortly after purchasing our first aircraft, we were invited by United Airlines to join Star Alliance. With our lessor, Light Air, already in Star Alliance it only seemed logical to join the alliance. The alliance has allowed us to grow more rapidly with competitive leasing rates and help to fight off foreign airlines in Africa. In return, Royal African provided Star Alliance passengers the unique opportunity to experience the only African airline in the world.

Joining Star Alliance proved to be a very successful partnership. Within months, our fleet grew to 10 ATR 42's and new leases were signed for Boeing 737-300s for alliance members United and Light Air. In order to provide Star Alliance members better connection to Africa, Royal African opened their first foreign hub in Dubai. This connected South African passengers with Europe, China and India. Soon after that a second foreign hub was opened in Frankfurt. These hubs created a streamlined for passengers travelling on Star Alliance. As a result two franchises, Royal Arabian Dubai and Royal European Germany, were launched.

Unfortunately, due to sanctions on Apartheid South Africa, all aircrafts purchases and leases were frozen. This meant that no new aircrafts could be purchased nor could any leases be extended. Due to the short leases from United, our Boeing 737-300s were shortly returned. This had a significant impact on our flight schedule and frequencies became increasingly constrained.

On 7 January 1994, Royal African Airlines received new life as the end of the Apartheid era drew near. A new corporate image, the legendary airline, was launched. This imaged introduced the Flying King Protea logo and heralds to a new South Africa and a new airline. A new livery and new cabin uniforms were also introduced to inject new life into the airline.

New aircrafts were purchased with the cash that was stored up over the 6 year hiatus from the aviation market. Contracts were signed the airline placed their largest widebody order to date- 5 Airbus A330-300LR and 5 Boeing 767-300ERs. This allowed Royal African to enter the long haul market for the first time. Gradually, more efficient Airbus A320s replaced the ageing ATR42s, thus increasing passenger numbers and frequencies but at the same time reducing flight times.

Business operations were also streamlined to create a more consistent product. Royal African purchased its franchises, Royal Arabian Dubai and Royal European Germany, and consolidated it under the Royal African brand name. This allowed passengers to enjoy the same consistent legendary South African hospitality. Royal African also created new subsidiaries to operate its flights in countries outside South Africa. These subsidiaries are based in other countries but lease aircrafts from Royal African and also operate under the Royal African name.

Royal Arabian Dubai and Royal European Germany was renamed Indiza Dubai and Indiza Germany (Indiza meaning "to fly" in Zulu). With the airline lagging behind due to the 7 year hiatus, we faced stiff competition but managed to maintain our reputation as Africa's Legendary Airline. Soon two more subsidiaries were created Indiza Asia and Indiza America operating flights from Beijing and New York respectively.

This year marks the 12th year of Royal African operations. From a small fleet of ATR 42's we have grown to one of the world's biggest active airlines and continue to provide our legendary hospitality to passengers all over the world. We are one of the few airlines to be in the exclusive "6 Continents" club, connecting passengers all over the world. We are once again entering a new chapter in our airline as we start to implement cost saving measures.

We hoped you enjoyed this introductory issue of Isikhumba. From now on these newsletters will provide more insight to the airline.
Until your next legendary flight,
CEO Royal African

Basic Stats:
Airline Value: €15,785,558,073
Total Routes: 290
Total Destinations: 219
Daily Passengers   97,765

Airbus A320-200: 53
Airbus A330-300 LR: 7
Boeing 737-300: 2 (one leased, to be phased out and replaced by A319)
Boeing 737-700: 10
Boeing 737-700 HGW: 6
Boeing 767-300ER: 12

On Order:
Airbus A320-200: 5
Airbus A319-100: 4

Total: 90 (9 on order)

Airline Branding Center / Need a livery?
« on: September 06, 2010, 02:22:43 pm »
To All players,

I am willing to produce Airline Liveries for players at no charge. Here is a sample of my livery:

Because of the quality of these liveries, I am only able to accept 5 requests at a time. To request a livery, please fill in one of these forms. The success of your application is based on the amount of detail in your application. If the feedback is positive I might return to do another 5 requests.

Paint Scheme Request Form
Your Airline Name -
Your Airline Logo -
Colors -
Country of Origin -
Registration -
Aircraft Name -
Aircraft -
Extra Notes -

I only have to following aircrafts in my collection:
330 (200 and 300, RR engines)
340 (500 and 600)

737-800NB with API winglets
777 (200 and 300)
747 (Low detail, not recommended)

To view more samples of my designs, visit this link

The first 5 successful applicants will get their liveries done.

Kind Regards,

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