Trans Nation Airways PLC (TNA), a member of MIDROC Ethiopia Technology Group, has launched the first privately operated scheduled flight services to selected three destinations from Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.
The private airlines that was established a decade ago, has been engaged mainly in chartered flight services, for reasons that the country’s aviation law does not encourage privately operated scheduled flight with a capacity of over 20 seats.
The new and improved law amended two years ago however encouraged private companies operating in the country to start scheduled flights within the country.
The new regulation allowed private airlines to operate an aircraft that has a capacity of 50 seats.
TNA, taking this opportunity has launched its first scheduled flight to Bahir Dar, Gonder and Humera with its two Canadian made aircrafts, Bombardier Dash 8-Q200, with a capacity of carrying 37 passengers. TNA will have twice a week flight to Bahir Dar and Gonder and once a week flight to Humera.
Dr Arega Yerdaw, CEO of MIDROC Ethiopia, said that the company will expand its service with more aircrafts after evaluating the performance of these flights.
The Ethiopian Civil Aviation Authority (ECAA), the regulatory body of the aviation sector, has given a green light to the first private schedule flight for TNA, a company owned by the Ethiopian born Saudi billionaire Sheik Mohamed Hussein Al amudi, who is engaged in different businesses in the country.
“We embarked this business because we have to be a pioneer to involve in such kind of new business in the country,” Dr Arega said, at the first lunching ceremony held at Bole International Airport.
Even though TNA was reestablished in April 2004, after receiving Air Operator Certificate (AOC) from ECCA, however the aviation business owned by the billionaire was initially formed 14 years ago.
In the past ten years the company has been operating its aircrafts with long term lease contracts with companies that are mainly engaged in the mining sector in other African counties.
Company officials stated that TNA has been operating in Rwanda, Sudan, Libya and other countries.
TNA also has turbo trash, an aircraft for pesticides and Bell 222 helicopter, which gives service for mining companies, map reading, tourism and other purposes