End of an era as Intavia disappears

LONG-STANDING African all-cargo specialists African International Airlines, suspended operations at the end of September as the huge rises in fuel prices had a dramatic effect on the operating costs of its DC-8 freighters.

Intavia, the company that provided AIA’s day-to-day management infrastructure for its global operations, has ceased trading and its owners, Alan Stocks and Bernard Keay have retired.

Stocks and Keay were crucial in AIA’s successful operation for 23 years and were responsible for many innovative and important developments in the African air cargo market.

AIA is actively searching for “parties  interested in collaborating in the airline’s future, based on its two DC-8-62F freighters”.

In the meantime, it was mutually agreed with AIA to temporarily abate its operations on 30 September, 2008, following which AIA plan to reorganise their infrastructure with a more robust South African focus, to coincide with completion of scheduled maintenance.

“We wish to record our sincere appreciation to all participants in Intavia and AIA, and indeed the many clients within the industry who have contributed over the years to create Intavia/AIA into a highly regarded and professional cargo operation and it is with great regret that Intavia will finally disappear into the sunset,” said Keay.

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