DR Congo is a nation in central Africa, The region was first united as the Congo Free State, a colony created by Belgian king Leopold I in the late 19th century. The colony was called the Belgian Congo from 1908 until 1960, when it gained independence as the Republic of the Congo. Its name was changed to the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1964 and then to Zaire in 1971. In 1965 Mobutu seized control of the country, ruling for more than 30 years until he was overthrown in 1997 by rebels under the leadership of Laurent Désiré Kabila. Kabila changed the country's name back to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC is bordered on the north by the Central African Republic and Sudan; on the east by Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Lake Tanganyika (which separates the DRC from Tanzania); on the south by Zambia and Angola; and on the west by the Republic of the Congo and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda. The equator crosses the northern DRC.

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AAC (African Air Charter)   

1976 - 1988Inactive

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ACS (Air Charter Service)   

1983* - 1984*Status?

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Aer Service   

1980* - 1980*Status?

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African Air Charter   

1976* - 1980*Status?

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African Lux   

1977* - 1978*Inactive

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Air Charter Service (ACS)   

1983 - 1996*Renamed

^ Comments : New ACS wasformed as Air Charter Service (ACS) in 1983. International and regional charter that ceased operations]

^ Genealogy : Air Charter Service (ACS) >New ACS

Air Region   

1990* - 1992Inactive

^ Comments : Air Region was founded in 1990 & was a regional charter passenger and cargo airline that ceased operations

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Air Transport Service   

1989* - 1989*Status?

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Air Zaire   

1971 - 1992Renamed

^ Comments : Air Congo was on founded 06Jun1961, commenced operations on 29Jun1961 & to Air Zaïre on 27Oct1971. Declared bankrupt on 12Jun1995 by a Brussels court

^ Genealogy : Air Congo >Air Zaire +>Lina Congo (1)

AMAZ (Agence et Messageries Aerienne du Zaire)   

1974* - 1979*Inactive

^ Comments : AMAC was renamed to AMAZ whaen the country changed names. Kinshasa based airline that ceased operations

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ATO (Air Transport Office)   

1995* - 1997Inactive

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ATS Airlines (Air Transport Service)   

1986* - 1987*Inactive

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Bazair   

1997* - 1999*Inactive

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BCF Aviation (Business Cash Flow Aviation)   

1984^ - 1991Renamed

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Broussair   

1990sStatus?

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Cogeair (Compagnie Generale Aerienne Africaine)   

1999* - 1971Inactive

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Confrigo (Congo Frigo)   

1967 - 1970*Inactive

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Congo Aviation   

1996* - 1996*Inactive

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éclair   

1993* - 1993*Inactive

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Espace Aviation Services   

1996* - 1997*Inactive

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Express Cargo   

1994* - 1996*Renamed

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^ Genealogy : >flyCongo

FAS (Fontshi Aviation Service)   

1989* - 1989*Inactive

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Fontshi Air Service   

1989* - 1991Inactive

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GAZ Airways   

1990sStatus?

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GLM Aviation   

1986* - 1986*Inactive

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Groupe Litho Moboti Aviation   

1985* - 1985*Renamed

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IAC Cargo*   

1981* - 1981*Status?

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Intercontinent Charter   

1975* - 1979*Inactive

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Interfret (Inter Fret)   

1981* - 1981*Status?

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Inter-Fret Transport Aerien (ITA)   

1980* - 1980*Inactive

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Kasenda Airlines   

1989* - 1989*Inactive

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Katale Aero Transport   

1981 - 1996Inactive

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Kinair Cargo   

1981* - 1988*Inactive

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LUKAS (Lukum Air Services)   

1975* - 1989*Inactive

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MMM Aero Services (3MAS)   

1983* - 1986*Inactive

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National Air Freight   

1989* - 1989*Inactive

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New Air Zaire   

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OTRAG Range Air Services   

1977* - 1979*Status?

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Pan African Express   

1989* - 1989*Inactive

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Pearl Air   

1977* - 1977*Inactive

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Safari Air   

1988* - 1989*Inactive

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SBZ   

1978* - 1979*Status?

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SGA (Societe Generale d'Alimentation)   

1971* - 1978*Inactive

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Sicotra Aviation   

1989* - 1989*Inactive

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Sky Deck   

(****)Unconfirmed

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Societe de Transport Taxi Aerien   

1979* - 1981*Status?

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SODEMAZ   

**** - ****Status?

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SOMA   

1974* - 1975*Status?

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Sotexki Aviation   

1982* - 1989*Inactive

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TAC (Transport Aerien Congo)   

1983* - 1983*Renamed

^ Comments : Air Kasai was founded in 1983 as TAC (Transport Aerien Congo)

^ Genealogy : TAC (Transport Aerien Congo)(Zaire) >TAZ (Transports Aériens Zairois) >Air Kasai

TRAMACO (Transportations et Manutentions Commerciaux)   

1977* - 1983*Inactive

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Trans Zaire Airways   

1992 - 1993Inactive

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Volcanair   

1986* - 1986*Status?

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Zaire Aero Service   

1976* - 1988*Inactive

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Zaire Air Cargo   

1990* - 1990*Status?

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Zaire Cargo   

1982* - 1985*Inactive

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Zaire Express   

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Zairean Airlines   

1981* - 1989Inactive

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