New Airline Operator, Massawa Airways, Takes Delivery of Aircrafts

Beech 1900D type aircraft
Beech 1900D type aircraft

By TesfaNews,

Eritrea’s third start-up airline operator, Massawa Airways (Massawa International , MSW) recently took delivery of its first two Beech 1900Ds, N46Ar (c/n UE27) aircrafts to join its existing MA-60 and E3-AAV aircrafts that were delivered in early December last year.

The Chinese manufactured MA60 (TBD10 | E3-AAV) aircraft were handed over to Massawa Airways at a ceremony held in Xian, China, AVIC Xi’an Aircraft International Corporation (XAIC) last year. 

To date, the MA series aircraft has been ordered by customers from 15 countries, with Africa’s clients consisting of Air Zimbabwe, Air Burundi, Trans Air Congo and Camair-Co.

The two Beechcraft together with MA-60 and E3-AAV will deploy mainly to control domestic flight in the country and in some extent regional operations.

Based in the Red Sea port city of Massawa, this new airline operator would be the country’s third scheduled airline after Eritrean Airlines (B8, Asmara International Airport (IATA: ASM, ICAO: HHAS))) and NasAir (Eritrea) (UE, Asmara International Airport (ASM)).

Delivery ceremony for Massawa Airways first MA60 in Xi’an, China (Click to enlarge)

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16 thoughts on “New Airline Operator, Massawa Airways, Takes Delivery of Aircrafts

      1. Massawa Airways: Eritrea's new privately owned airliner

        By Madote.com

        Massawa Airways, a privately owned startup airliner in Eritrea, received delivery of two Beechcraft 1900Ds aircraft to join its existing MA-60 and E3-AAV planes that were delivered from China in December of last year.

        According to aviation websites, Massawa Airways is scheduled to begin flights before the country's 22nd independence anniversary this May 24th and will primarily serve domestic and regional destinations.

        Based in Massawa International Airport, Massawa Airways becomes the country's third airliner in operation after Nasair Eritrea, a privately owned airliner headed by Nasair Nasreddin Ibrahim and Eritrean Airlines, a state-owned national carrier.

        Currently, Nasair Eritrea has 5 planes in operation: 4 Boeing B737-200A and 1 Airbus A320-200, while the Asmara-based Eritrean Airlines has a total of 4 aircraft in operation: 1 Airbus A319-100, 2 Airbus A320-200 and 1 Boeing 767-200ER.
        https://www.madote.com/2013/05/massawa-airways-eri

  1. Aba tsimed.
    why is Asmara International air port still called Yohanes 4 air port. Yohanes 4th is an Ethiopian King not an Eritrean.

    1. i guess Tesfanews just copy posted the article from a chinese news agency. And the agency is not uptodate with the name of the Airport which is Asmara International Airport. Tesfanews should reedit the name.

  2. Dear TesfaNews

    Given Massawas ever increasing popularity as a tourist destination, especially among the Saudis and the Sudaneses, Massawa`Airways will play a vital role in promoting and encouraging more vistors to the resort.

    This is a very important development as far as Eritrean tourism sector is concerned.

    1. The start of Massawa Airlines with mid size aircrafts is what I believe is timely and smart. Imagine with the completion of the world class Dahlak Resort, tourists would have an option to fly back and forth to Massawa and Asmara through these charter size planes with comfort and budget.

      Believe me the next thing we are going to hear soon, if not next year, is the inauguration of the 5 star, world class Resort from Dahlak Island.

      1. Massawa Airways gets brand new MA60

        A brand new XIAN MA60 was delivered a few days ago to Eritrean start up airline Massawa Airways, which will now commence flights from the Red Sea port city of Massawa to Asmara and other destinations, according to information received from a source in Djibouti. Registered as E3-AAV the brand new aircraft offers 60 seats in a single class economy cabin and will primarily serve domestic and near regional destinations.

        It could not be established if Massawa Airways has additional such aircraft on order or has ordered any aircraft from other manufacturers to extend operations in the future.

        Others in the wider Eastern African region flying this aircraft type is Air Burundi, which had their first of two ordered planes delivered a few months ago.

        https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/ma

        1. Tesfa,

          Based on 'research', the MA 60 has a range of 1600 km. Meaning this aircraft is easly capable of serving the Saudi and Sudan market. Mark my word, in the short term this are the primary routes its planned for:

          Massawa-Asmara
          Massawa- Jedda
          Massawa-Kahrtoum

          1. The people behind this project "Massawa Airlines" must have a great plan to start-up a brand new airline with brand new aircrafts and set to compete with the already existing two carriers – one is in fact national.

            As you have said, they must have great plans and one could be to cover those destinations too. We will learn in due time what is in store for the success of this beautiful namesake airlines based in Massawa.

            I'm already in love with them

        2. Massawa Airways gets brand new MA60

          A brand new XIAN MA60 was delivered a few days ago to Eritrean start up airline Massawa Airways, which will now commence flights from the Red Sea port city of Massawa to Asmara and other destinations, according to information received from a source in Djibouti. Registered as E3-AAV the brand new aircraft offers 60 seats in a single class economy cabin and will primarily serve domestic and near regional destinations.

          It could not be established if Massawa Airways has additional such aircraft on order or has ordered any aircraft from other manufacturers to extend operations in the future.

          Others in the wider Eastern African region flying this aircraft type is Air Burundi, which had their first of two ordered planes delivered a few months ago.

          https://wolfganghthome.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/ma….

  3. Guys have you noticed how our government's policy has been changed quietly and we started to see privatisation and investments that are taboo and/or reserved for the state for monopolization like Telecommunication and airlines?

    Now both are silently allowed for privatization. ehhhh Good to hear that. Thanks Eri Gov

    1. You are right Eyobb. Government of Eritrea vision is for Eritreans to be the stake holders of Eritrean wealth and not foreign entities or conglomerates.

      That is why some critics (mostly Western capitalist institution) complain, Eritrea is not open to Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) or even go as far as to rank Eritrea bottom of 'Ease of doing business' index. In layman terms, GoE rejects the evil of Globalisation to take hold of Eritrea.

      Hence, that is why the recent investment conference was under the theme, 'Popular Development by the People for the People. It is a painfully slow process, but at the end that is the right and proper way to do it. Rome wasn't built in a day, neither will Eritrea. We all need to be patient and learn to take one small step at a time.

      1. I agree with you daniel. By the way very healthy conversation here. I'm glad those Zeriga tribes from south and their Eritrean sympathizers are not here for some reason to disrupt our teaching learning process. Hope admin doing his part too. Kudus guys!

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