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Botswana to name preferred bidder for state airline contract

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Apr 30, 2008

Botswana will on May 5 name the preferred bidder for a contract to manage state-owned Air Botswana for three years, said Tyrrell Duncan, an adviser to the Transport Ministry.

Four of six short-listed companies submitted proposals to the ministry by the April 8 deadline, Duncan said in an interview today from the capital, Gaborone. The companies are Johannesburg-based African Airline Management CC, International Development Ireland, and ComAir Ltd. and Solenta Aviation Ltd., both of South Africa.

Air France Consulting, a unit of Air France-KLM, and Lufthansa Consulting, a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG, didn't submit proposals, Duncan said.

Air Botswana flies four southern African routes and three domestic ones, carrying 38 percent of all air travelers in the country according to its website. In February, Botswana's government provided 140 million pula ($21.7 million) to Air Botswana to finance and upgrade aircraft and increase pilots' salaries.

Last October Botswana's Cabinet canceled the sale of Air Botswana to South African Airlink, a closely held airline. The Johannesburg-based company had proposed liquidating Air Botswana and merging the assets with its own before restarting operations.

Botswana to name preferred bidder for state airline contract

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