The Government of Burundi has unveiled plans to launch a new national carrier in 2021 under the brand name Burundi Airlines
A cabinet statement issued on December 24 said the new airline would be based on a merger between quasi-defunct predecessor Air Burundi (PBU, Bujumbura) and state-owned ground-handler (Société Burundaise de Gestion des Entrepôts et d’Assistance des Avions en Escale – SOBUGEA), as endorsed by a study carried out by BCAP International-Prosafe Aviation Consulting.
the state will control 92% of Burundi Airlines while local insurer (Société d’Assurances du Burundi – SOCABU) will have a 4% stake. The estate of defunct Belgian carrier Sabena (SN, Brussels National) will also own a 4% stake.
In the interim, a team has been established to investigate the implications, especially in terms of liabilities, a merger between Air Burundi and SOBUGEA will have for the government.
Government also recommends recovering, even if forced, from Air Burundi staff who owe money to this company and who does not want to reimburse
Air Burundi ceased flight operations in 2007 when its sole active aircraft, a Beech 1900C, was withdrawn from service pending maintenance checks. And although China donated an MA-60 in 2013, delays in its type certification prevented the aircraft from ever being deployed into commercial service.