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Botswana is a republic in southern Africa formerly known as Bechuanaland. It is a landlocked country, bordered on the north and west by Namibia, on the northeast by Zambia and Zimbabwe, and on the southeast and south by South Africa. The total area of Botswana is 581,730 sq km (224,607 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Gaborone.

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May 17, 2016

Status changed as Kalahari Airways intend to launch commercial operations on 1 November 2016 using a pair of B747-400s [update]

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Status Operating Dates
Aer Kavango   

Unsure

1974* - 1984*

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Air B.G.I.   

Renamed

**** - ****

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^ Genealogy : Air B.G.I. >Texxon Air

Air Botswana   

Active

1972 - date

^ Comments : Air Botswana was founded on 02Jul1972 by presidential decree to succeed Botswana Airways. Operations started on 01Aug1972. Scheduled domestic and regional airline that is the national airline of Botswana

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Air Botswana Cargo   

Unsure

1983* - 1984*

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Air Services Botswana   

Unsure

1980* - 1980*

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Air Xababa   

Unsure

1980s

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BlueSky Airways   

Active

2012 - date

^ Comments : BlueSky Airways was launched on 09Jul2012 & flew its first commercial flight on 14Oct2012

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Botswana Airways   

Inactive

1969 - 1972

^ Comments : Botswana Airways Corporation was formed in Jul1969 to succeed Botswana National Airways

^ Genealogy : Bechuanaland Safaris >Bechuanaland (UK) National Airways >Botswana National Airways +>Botswana Airways

Botswana National Airways   

Renamed

1966 - 1969

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^ Genealogy : Bechuanaland Safaris >Bechuanaland (UK) National Airways >Botswana National Airways +>Botswana Airways

Botswana Safaris   

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**** - ****

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Chobe Explorations   

Unsure

1985* - 1986*

^ Comments : Chobe Explorations was founded in 1985

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Debswana   

Unsure

2004* - 2006*

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Delta Air   

Unsure

2004* - 2008*

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Desert & Delta Air   

Unsure

1982* - 1983*

^ Comments : Desert & Delta Air was formed in 1982

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Desert Airways   

Unsure

1978* - 1984*

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^ Genealogy : Esquire Airways >Desert Airways

Esquire Airways   

Renamed

**** - ****

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^ Genealogy : Esquire Airways >Desert Airways

Executive Charter   

Unsure

**** - ****

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Heli-Botswana   

Unsure

**** - ****

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Kalahari Air Services & Charter (Air Charter Botswana)   

Active

1968* - date

^ Comments : Kalahari Air Services & Charter was formed in 1968

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Kalahari Airways   

Not started

(2016)

^ Comments : Status change as Kalahari Airways intend launch commercial operations on 01Nov2016 using a pair of B747-400s

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Kavango Air   

Active

2005^ - date

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Mack Air   

Unsure

1994 - 2009*

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Major Blue Air   

Active

2010* - date

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Moremi Air Services   

Active

1997 - date

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NAC Executive Charter   

Unsure

2002* - 2006*

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Northern Air   

Inactive

2004* - 2008

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Okavango Air Service   

Unsure

**** - ****

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Okavango Exploration   

Unsure

**** - ****

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Regional Air   

Unconfirmed

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Safari Air (Xugana Air)   

Active

1992 - date

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Sefofane Air Charter   

Unsure

1991* - 2009*

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Southern Cross Aviation   

Unsure

2009* - 2010*

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Southern Links   

Inactive

1990* - 1993

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Swamp Air   

Unsure

1995* - 2004*

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Texxon Air   

Unsure

**** - ****

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^ Genealogy : Texxon Air

Wenela Air Services Botswana   

Unsure

1952* - 1974*

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Western Air   

Unsure

1980s

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Wildlife Helicopters   

Unsure

**** - ****

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