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source: Air Transport News


Comair Limited, the operator of British Airways (domestic and regional) and kulula has this afternoon been announced as the preferred bidder for Air Botswana’s management contract.

Contract negotiations to secure the deal will begin soon between Comair and the government of Botswana for their flag carrier.

Says Gidon Novick, Comair’s joint CEO, “We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this stage of the negotiations. Comair has always been a successful airline with a 62-year record of profitability and will have much to offer Air Botswana in the future.” [Air Transport News]

source: Aviation India

Kasane: Three pilots that once left Air Botswana for greener pastures abroad have rejoined the airline, says the airline general manager Mr Lance Brodgen.

At least three of our former pilot colleagues are back in the fold and we are hoping that more will follow in the near future, Mr Brodgen said in an interview.

Mr Brodgen said the return of the three pilots followed Air Botswanas adjustment to remuneration packages of captains with around 30 per cent.

He said the adjustment was done after looking at the current remuneration in the international and regional markets.

One of the returnee pilots, Mr Sam Bokole, who was with Kingfisher Airlines in India said the salary adjustments contributed to his return.

But they are paying us way below what I earned in India but at least they tried, he said, adding that [continue reading]

source: eTN
Apr 30, 2008

Botswana will on May 5 name the preferred bidder for a contract to manage state-owned Air Botswana for three years, said Tyrrell Duncan, an adviser to the Transport Ministry.

Four of six short-listed companies submitted proposals to the ministry by the April 8 deadline, Duncan said in an interview today from the capital, Gaborone. The companies are Johannesburg-based African Airline Management CC, International Development Ireland, and ComAir Ltd. and Solenta Aviation Ltd., both of South Africa.

Air France Consulting, a unit of Air France-KLM, and Lufthansa Consulting, a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, didn’t submit proposals, Duncan said.

Air Botswana flies four [continue reading]

source: Irish Examiner

By Ian Guider
A CONSULTING firm chaired by former Tánaiste and Labour Party leader Dick Spring is in the running to win a contract to manage the national airline of Botswana.

Mr Spring, who has forged a successful business career since leaving politics in 2002, is the chairman of International Development Ireland, a company that specialises in consulting on project management in developing countries.

The company has been shortlisted to win a three-year contract to turn around the fortunes of Air Botswana.

It is up against the consulting arms of Air France and Lufthansa, as well as [continue reading]

source: Bloomberg

By Joseph Balise

March 31 (Bloomberg) — Botswana short-listed six foreign companies to operate Air Botswana, the state-owned carrier, for three years and return it to profit, said Gerald Thipe, permanent secretary in the Transport Ministry.

An evaluation of tenders is expected to be completed by the end of April, Thipe said in an interview today in the capital, Gaborone. A deadline for the submission of proposals to turn the airline around is April 8, he said.

“We want the evaluation process to have been completed by the end of April and the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi

Air Botswana chief executive officer, Lance Brogden is preparing to leave office as soon as a new management company takes over the national carrier. The following are Brogden’s responses to a questionnaire framed by Mmegi’s TUMELO SETSHOGO

Question: When did you started working at the national carrier and what was the duration of you contract?

Answer: My contract was for a fixed term of three years, starting 1 October 2005 to 30 September 2008.

Q: What can you say about your achievements since you made the national carrier to be profitable?

A: The results speak for themselves. My role was just a link in the chain of many dedicated and focused employees at Air Botswana. After financial losses over the past few years, this past year profitability has become a reality, with a net profit of around 10 percent or well over P15 million for the first 10 months of this financial year. One must remember that IATA’s 240 airlines only recorded around one percent profit for [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


The Minister of Works and Transport Lesego Motsumi has confirmed that the government is going to spend P100 million on recapitalizing the national airline to improve its performance and make it ready for privatisation.

This follows the collapse of privatisation talks between government and South African Airlink two months ago.

“The government remains concerned that the coverage and quality of air transport services are less than (what) we require,” Motsumi said in Parliamnet yesterday. “Better air transport services are vital for economic diversification and employment creation, particularly in the tourism sector.”

Motsumi revealed that government has decided to [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
02.12.2007 8:25:23 P

Air Botswana General Manager, Lance Brogden, and some senior executives have been axed following the airline’s failed privatization.

Brogden, who was recruited to prepare Air Botswana for privatization, will vacate his plum post for a new General Manager who will be appointed by a management contractor to be recruited by the Minister of Works and Transport, Lesego Motsumi.

Among other executive managers likely to be axed are Finance Manager, Engineering Manager, Operations Manager, Commercial Manager, Ground Services Manager, Internal Audit Manager, Human Resources Manager and the airline’s Corporate Secretary.
A number of staff members are also expected to loose their jobs in the anticipated restructuring and down-sizing exercise.

The Ministry of Works and Transport placed an advert this week that “AB’s shareholder, the government of Botswana, wishes to recruit an experienced international airline to operate AB through a [continue reading]

source: The Voice
By Chedza Simon

If the Department of Civil Aviation grants citizen owned Airway Express a license to service scheduled flights for new routes and those that are dominated by the ailing Air Botswana, everyone could afford to travel by air.

Scheduled routes in and out of the country are exclusive to Air Botswana. There are no flights connecting directly to international country and the region except for South Africa and Zimbabwe. This is the gap that citizen owned Airway Express, an aircraft charter company owned by three former Botswana Defence Force (BDF) F5 Fighter Jet pilots, has set to complete, with their aircrafts which are currently servicing the tourism sector in Botswana and Zambia.

The Managing Director of Airway Express, Captain Moseki Magibisela, told Your Money that the reason air traveling is expensive to the rest of the population is because the market is dominated by Air Botswana, which at the moment is [continue reading]

source: allAfrica
Business Day (Johannesburg)

10 October 2007
Posted to the web 10 October 2007

Khulu Phasiwe

REGIONAL airline Airlink said yesterday it was “quite mystified at the turn of events” that had led to the government of Botswana halting the sale of Air Botswana, for which Airlink was selected as the preferred bidder.

“We are obviously very disappointed but we will not give up,” said Roger Foster, CEO of the privately owned South African airline.

In December last year Airlink was selected as the preferred bidder for a 49% stake in cash-strapped Air Botswana.

The government of Botswana was to hold the 51% majority stake.

Foster said Airlink was writing to Botswana Works and Transport Minister Lesego Motsumi requesting clarity on what had led to the decision. He said the motivation letter Airlink received last week from Motsumi’s department was vague.

The department said the cabinet had decided that Airlink’s proposal did not meet the [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


FRANCISTOWN: After confirming South Africa’s privately owned airline, Airlink as the preferred bidder for the acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Air Botswana, Cabinet has had a change of heart. Mmegi has been informed that negotiations between the Botswana government and Airlink ended this week Wednesday after a Cabinet vote which favoured the dumping of the deal as it was not deemed viable anymore.

Cabinet, sources say, concluded that the ailing Air Botswana (AB) should instead be revamped with public funds. There will be an option to look for a potential partner in the future.

Cabinet prefers a reputable foreign partner that will [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
07.10.2007 4:19:06 P

Speculation was flying fast and thick this week that Air Botswana General Manager, Lance Brogden’s job could be on the line as government announced its plans to search for new “turn around specialists” to save the ailing airline from collapse.

Air Botswana officials were told this week that government has decided on a management contract with a reputable company to turn the airline around.

This is understood to be part of the recommendations made by a Cabinet Committee chaired by Works Transport and Communications Minister, Lesego Motsumi, and comprising of Finance Minister Baledzi Gaolathe, Tourism Minister Kitso Mokaila, Commerce Minister Neo Moroka, Labour Minister Charles Tibone and the Attorney General, Athaliah Molokomme, that interviewed Air Botswana senior managers on the airline’s way forward.

Air Botswana senior managers are understood to have told the Cabinet Committee that [continue reading]

source: BOPA
05 October, 2007

GABORONE – Government has declined South African Airlinks proposal to buy Air Botswana.

A press release from the Ministry of Works and Transport says cabinet has decided to decline the proposal because it did not meet Botswanas air transportation requirements, and that it did not sufficiently support governments wider objectives for the development of the transport and tourism sectors.

The release says the decision means that Air Botswana will not be wound down as had been proposed by South African Airlink.

Air Botswana will continue to play a vital role in meeting Botswanas air transport needs, the release adds.

It says immediate priority will be given to revitalising Air Botswana and restoring the confidence of its customers.

Furthermore, the government has decided to re-visit the [continue reading]

source: Sunday Standard
by Sunday Standard Reporter
09.09.2007 4:40:53 P

Investigations raised by The Sunday Standard indicate that cabinet is deeply divided over recommendations by the Ministry of Works and Transport to sell Air Botswana to SA Airlink.
Indications are that SA Airlink is fast losing favour with many influential voices inside cabinet.

There are some ministers who are outright against the sale of Air Botswana.

This comes in the wake of a declaration by British Airways/Comair axis that they would be interested in buying a stake in the national carrier after all.
At a Wednesday meeting, cabinet sent back Minister of Works and Transport, Lesego Motsumi, to go and get more technical and background information about SA Airlink.

The Sunday Standard can confirm that even before Motsumi was turned back, some cabinet ministers had indicated that they were against selling Air Botswana to a small and little known operation like Airlink.

Another section of cabinet said, while Air Botswana is not making money, it had to be [continue reading]

source: Mmegi


It appears once again the directors of SA Airlink went back home empty-handed yesterday after cabinet deferred a decision to sell to them a stake in Air Botswana. The privatisation of the national airline was one of the agenda items the cabinet discussed yesterday.

Afterwards, the Minister of Works and Transport, Lesego Motsumi said that cabinet has not yet taken a decision on the matter. The cabinet is said to have requested more information after a presentation from the ministry.

Sources close to the cabinet indicated that the sale of the national airline to [continue reading]