FlyCongo launches today its first commercial flight from Kinshasa to Lubumbashi. The inaugural flight in the same direction took place satisfactorily Saturday, March 24, 2012. FlyCongo took the place of Hewa Bora, an airline dissolved by the Congolese government after the plane crash in Kisangani last year.
In a press conference held at Kinshasa airport few minutes before the inaugural flight, Jean Marc Pajot, the chief executive officer of FlyCongo, said that his company has 1 Boeing 767-266R and 4 MD-82. These aircraft will shuttle between Kinshasa and Lubumbashi with six flights per week. The company will add more planes in the coming weeks and will be other destinations within and outside the country. The ticket cost is set at U.S. $ 280 one way and $ 550 for a round trip.
According to Jean-Marc Pajot, $ 5 million invested in the launch of the new airline at a rate of 54.77% of Pangun Investments Funds, 40.00% for Rakia Investment Funds 5.23% Congolese private investors.
The CEO of FlyCongo said that the company inherited from Hewa Bora 6 aircraft they will destroy. FlyCongo began to compensate victims of Hewa Bora at a rate of $ 87,000 per victim. Seven victims have already been compensated, but for others victims the company meets two, three or four speakers in front. He asked families to present only one person to be indemnified.