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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

The league of unsafe gentlemen..

Zambia appeared yesterday on the comprehensive EU airlines black list. The list bans "All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Zambia, including Zambezi Airlines Z/AOC/001/2009". Its a ban for future air carriers larger than Zambezi Airlines. No chance of that happening any time soon, but the downside is that it takes years to get yourself off the EU black list. Just as well then, we have British Airways as our national carrier into Europe!



  2. I think we are being misled by Cho's post!

    After contact with DCA in Zambia, they say that the EU has regulations on the TYPE of aircraft that can occupy their air space. The 737’s and other propeller aircraft in Zambia don’t meet the EU requirements. The day Zambezi Airlines buys a 777 or an AirBus, they will be removed from the black list. Never-the-less, the 737’s in use at Zambezi Airlines were not intended to fly to Europe. They are for short haul within the continent. Similarly, none of the aircraft owned by the defunct Zambian Airways or the smaller Proflight, are able to fly to Europe.

    The good news is that Zambezi Airlines is using newer 737 (500 Series) aircraft compared to the really high risk and very old Zambian Airways lot.

  3. Cho, as an ecnomist dealing with Aviation, you should know this. Zambia Airways' 707 was banned from flying to Europe in the 80's because of sound levels and emmissions. Our DC10 complied and it flew to Europe replacing the Boeing 707!

    Whats the hidden agenda?

  4. Why else would they put a blanket ban on "All air carriers certified by the authorities with responsibility for regulatory oversight of Zambia...?" I would have thought it had something to do with safety standards, emissions, that sort of thing?

    The EU does not have any hidden agenda against Zambia and there's noting misleading about Cho's report; he merely quoted the EU authorities.

    To me, the blanket ban suggests there's some inadequacy with the Zambian aviation authorities' aircraft certification system. That really should have been the focus of discussion here.

  5. In fact, this is what else the EU had to say:

    "We cannot afford any compromises in air safety, we have to remain vigilant; citizens have the right to fly safely every where in the world" said Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani and concluded that "we will not accept that airlines fly at different standards when they operate inside and outside Europe – it is high time that the international community rethinks its safety policy; those airlines which are unsafe should not be allowed to fly anywhere. This list has greatly contributed to making Europe's skies safer. We should gradually move towards an international strategy based on cooperation between countries around the world".

    Read the full statement here.

  6. Ntana,

    "Cho, as an ecnomist dealing with Aviation, you should know this."

    I no longer deal with aviation issues. I have moved onto to other areas. But of course I know full well the industry and the economics that underpins it. I have dealt with ICAO, EASA and IATA.

    As for the specifics. Zedian has responded accurately.



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