Fatima Beyina-Moussa of the Congolese carrier ECAir has been named President of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA). She’s headed the Brazzaville, Congo-based national carrier since its inception in 2011. At AFRAA Mrs Beyina-Moussa succeeds Air Algerie’s Mohamed Salah Boultif.
Being elected AFRAA President is quite an honor for Equatorial Congo Airlines - ECAir and a personal triumph for CEO Fatima. In a first statement after having taken the chair of the pan-African organization she delivered the following statement: “AFRAA represents continuity and complementarity. It is an excellent opportunity to promote our air transport policy and to stimulate discussions with our partners.”
She is a graduate of Montreal’s renowned business academy HEC and obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa. After her stay in Canada she continued her professional qualification in Paris and went on to become a consultant in the Congo for Ernst & Young. Leading assignments at the Bank of Central African States and the United Nations’ Development Program followed. Then she was named an advisor to the Congolese Ministry of Finance. There, one of the key projects she dealt with was the establishment of the national airline ECAir. This she accomplished in close cooperation with Lufthansa Consulting and Private Air of Switzerland that operates the entire ECAir fleet which is comprised of seven aircraft.
African Aviation Queen for one year
“In three years, we have been on a journey with our company,” CEO Fatima states. “We’ve trained many Congolese people in aviation trades and our network is growing, along with our fleet.” In 2013, the airline transported 220,000 passengers. ECAir operates up to 128 weekly flights from Brazzaville to Paris Roissy, Dubai, Cotonou, Douala, Pointe-Noire and Ollombo. The airline also created a river shuttle for passengers traveling from Brazzaville to Kinshasa, located on the opposite side of the Congo River.
Having been elected AFRAA President she is now responsible for hosting the 47th annual general meeting of the organization that will be held next November in the Republic of Congo.
AFRAA dates back to 1968 when it was established in Accra, Ghana as a Trade Organization open to membership of airlines of African States. There are currently forty members from African Union member States.
The President’s term spans one year with Air Algerie’s CEO Mohamed Salah Boultif having chaired the organization from November 2013 until AFRAA’s recent General Assembly which now decided on his successor, Fatima Beyina-Moussa.
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