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Lesotho, formerly known as Basutoland is a country in southern Africa, bordered on all sides by South Africa. Lesotho is one of only two nations in the world to be completely encircled by a single country (the other is San Marino). The country gained it's independence in 1966. The kingdom of Lesotho is mainly mountainous and has a total area of 30,355 sq km (11,720 sq mi). The capital and largest city is Maseru

Updates

 

13 Oct 2017

Maluti Sky started charter operations in Jun2015 & ceased operations in Jul2017 as a result of financial issues [status change]

09 Jun 2015

MalutiSky: is be the new name for MGC Airlines after rebranding [updated]

Air Lesotho (i)  added: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1982* - 1984*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Lesotho >Air Lesotho >Lesotho Airways +>Air Lesotho
Comments : No further information at this time
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Air Lesotho (ii)  last update: 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1997 - 1999
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Air Lesotho >Air Lesotho >Lesotho Airways +>Air Lesotho
Comments : Air Lesotho was formed in 1997 following the acquisition of Lesotho Airways operations and aircraft by the Rossair Group. Fulfilling its role as Lesotho's new national airline, Air Lesotho upgraded services and expanded routes in an effort to boost economic development of the mountain kingdom. Closed down on 06Feb1999
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Antonair International  last update: 24Feb2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1996* - 2001
Airline Code : -- : ANP
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Antonair International was founded in 1996 by soviet pilots operating in Africa. Was involved in Angola civil war with UNITA and it was cited by official UN report in Oct2001 and this caused its closure
Aircraft : Antonov An-8 | An-12

Basutair  last update: 13Jan2018

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1961* - 1969
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Basutair >>Lesotho Airways
Comments : No further information at this time [Lesotho Airways Ltd was formed in 1967 as the national carrier of Lesotho (formerly Basutoland) by the South African operator Commercial Airways (formerly Commercial Air Services). It began operating on 02Oct1967 as a once-weekly service from Maseru, the capital, to Johannesburg under charter to the Lesotho Government using Commercial aircraft and crews. Basutair was taken over by Lesotho Airways in Dec1969 and its fleet and routes integrated in]
Aircraft : Dornier Do27 | Tri-Pacer | Super Cub | Taylorcraft BL

Highland Air  last update: 24Feb2018

Status : Status unknown

Dates :

1983* - 1984*
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Highland Air was formed in 1983. Based in Maseru
Aircraft : Cessna Turbo 206

Lesotho Airways (i)  last update: 13Jan2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1967 - 1970
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Basutair >>Lesotho Airways
Comments : Lesotho Airways Ltd was formed in 1967 as the national carrier of Lesotho (formerly Basutoland) by the South African operator Commercial Airways (formerly Commercial Air Services). It began operating on 02Oct1967 as a once-weekly service from Maseru, the capital, to Johannesburg under charter to the Lesotho Government using Commercial aircraft and crews. Basutair was taken over by Lesotho Airways in Dec1969 and its fleet and routes integrated in
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Lesotho Airways (ii)  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

1988* - 1996
Airline Code : QL : LAI
Genealogy : Air Lesotho >Air Lesotho >Lesotho Airways +>Air Lesotho
Comments : Lesotho Airways was founded in 1979. On 01Oct1996, Lesotho Airways had to suspend its international flights due to the inability to satisfy the minimum requirements specified by the Department of Civil Aviation [Air Lesotho was formed in 1997 following the acquisition of Lesotho Airways operations and aircraft by the Rossair Group. Fulfilling its role as Lesotho's new national airline, Air Lesotho upgraded services and expanded routes in an effort to boost economic development of the mountain kingdom. Closed down on 06Feb1999]
Aircraft : Nil at this time

Maluti Airservices  last update: 24Feb2018

Status : Inactive

Dates :

1954 - 1955
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : Nil tree
Comments : Maluti Airservices ceased operations after a crash on 13Jun1955
Aircraft : DC.2 | Noorduyn Norseman IV

Maluti Sky  last update: 2017

Status : Inactive

Dates :

2015 - 2017
Airline Code : 7D : MSU
Genealogy : MGC Airlines >Maluti Sky
Comments : MGC Airlines was founded in 2012 & rebranded as Maluti Sky. Started charter operations in Jun2015 & scheduled passenger operations on 29Mar2016. Ceased operations in Jul2017 as a result of financial issues
Aircraft : Nil at this time

MGC Airlines (Matekane Air)  last update: 2017

Status : Renamed / merged

Dates :

2012 - 2015
Airline Code : -- : ---
Genealogy : MGC Airlines >Maluti Sky
Comments : MGC Airlines was founded in 2012 & rebranded as Maluti Sky. Started charter operations in Jun2015 & scheduled passenger operations on 29Mar2016. Ceased operations in Jul2017 as a result of financial issues
Aircraft : Nil at this time
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