Brussels Airlines sets up Korongo

Brussels Airlines is going to launch a new Congo-based airliner. With Korongo, the 'work title' of the new airliner, Brussels Airlines wants to offer flights between different cities in Central Africa.

The new airliner will be based at the airport of Lubumbashi, the second largest city in Congo and the capital of the southern province of Katanga, bordering Zambia.

Brussels Airlines wants to organise a network of connections between different Central African cities via Kinshasa to Brussels. The new airliner is being called Korongo- at the moment just a working title- and will have one Boeing 737 in a first phase. Later a number of smaller passenger airplanes will be added to the Boeing 737 to form the fleet.

According to plans, the new airliner should be operational in the spring of 2010. The project is being supported by the Belgian and Congolese aviation authorities in collaboration with the governments of both countries.