Congo Airways (8Z, Kinshasa N'Djili) inaugurated operations on Friday, October 9 with VIP flights from Kinshasa N'Djili to Lubumbashi and Goma in the south and east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) respectively. Each route was operated by one of the airline's two A320-200s - 9K-CKD (cn 3412) and 9Q-CLU (cn 3362).

The carrier will serve Lubumbashi, Goma, Gemena, Kananga, Kindu, Mbandaka, and Mbuji Mayi once commercial flights commence on October 20.

An additional A320-200 and a maiden Dash 8-400 are expected to arrive in January 2016 with two more aircraft to arrive by December 2016.

Congo Airways is the successor to the now defunct LAC - Lignes AĆ©riennes Congolaises (4V, Kinshasa N'Djili).