Royal Air Burundi

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Royal Air Burundi
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Commenced operations 1962
Ceased operations 1963
Fleet size 1 Lockheed Constellation
Headquarters Usumbura, Burundi

Royal Air Burundi was an airline from Ruanda-Urundi and was based in Usumbura.

Ruanda-Urundi 1922-1962 League of Nations/United Nations mandate in East Africa

Ruanda-Urundi was a territory in the African Great Lakes region, once part of German East Africa, which was ruled by Belgium between 1916 and 1962. Occupied by the Belgians during the East African Campaign during World War I, the territory was under Belgian military occupation from 1916 to 1922 and later became a Belgian-controlled Class B Mandate under the League of Nations from 1922 to 1945. After the disestablishment of the League and World War II, Ruanda-Urundi became a Trust Territory of the United Nations, still under Belgian control. In 1962, the mandate became independent as the two separate countries of Rwanda and Burundi.

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The airline was formed in 1962 to perform non-scheduled passenger flights utilising a Lockheed L.049 Constellation N9412H, which was obtained from Las Vegas Hacienda. The national airline of newly independent Burundi made numerous passenger flights to Europe, and ceased operations at the end of 1963. [1] [2]

Lockheed Constellation four-engine propeller-driven airliner

The Lockheed Constellation ("Connie") is a propeller-driven, four-engine airliner built by Lockheed Corporation between 1943 and 1958 at Burbank, California. Lockheed built 856 in numerous models—all with the same triple-tail design and dolphin-shaped fuselage. Most were powered by four 18-cylinder Wright R-3350 Duplex-Cyclones. The Constellation was used as a civil airliner and as a military and civilian air transport, seeing service in the Berlin and the Biafran airlifts. The Constellation series was the first pressurized-cabin civil airliner series to go into widespread use. Its pressurized cabin enabled large numbers of commercial passengers to fly well above most bad weather for the first time, thus significantly improving the general safety and ease of air-travel. Three of them served as the presidential aircraft for Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Burundi country in Africa

Burundi, officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country amid the African Great Lakes region where East and Central Africa converge. The capital is Gitega, having moved from Bujumbura in December 2018. The southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.

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  1. "Royal Air Burundi". Aerotransport Data Bank. Retrieved 2009-11-06.
  2. Guttery, Ben R. (1998). Encyclopedia of African airlines. Ben Guttery. p. 29. ISBN   0-7864-0495-7 . Retrieved 2009-10-14.
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