Air Cemac plans to cooperate with Asky. This was announced on Wednesday in Lomé, Jean-Marie Maguena, the vice-president of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (Cemac) and Chairman of the Steering Committee of the future Company Air Cemac, during a visit in Togo.
Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad and Central Africa support the project to develop a common regional airline.
It exists on paper since ten years and even has a headquater in Brazzaville, but it has not taken off.
The complexity and cost of the project are additional interstate rivalries. Cameroon and Gabon already have their own company (Camair Co and Gabon Airlines) and they are not eager to compete.
Cemac is interested in Asky as its business model.
Jean-Marie Magen wanted to learn more from Koffi Gervais Djondo, the founder of the company and Chairman of the Board of Directors. He also met the general manager the Ethiopian Awel Busera, in fact it is Ethiopian Airlines who is the strategic operator of the company; a guarantee of efficiency and professionalism.
While Air Cemac has recently announced a partnership with South African Airways (SAA), the Central African countries also want to cooperate with Asky through technical collaboration.
Launched in January 2010, Asky has achieved great success. Its latest generation Boeing 737 serve many destinations in West Africa and Central Africa. An alliance with Air Cemac could enable it to expand its network while leveraging the strength of Ethiopian Airlines in Africa and abroad.