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South Ckoqua Air Services - Douglas DC-3


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South Ckoqua Air Services - Douglas DC-3

Disclaimer: This region is purely FICTIONAL, and none of it is real. Any similarities are purely coincidence. Even the language is gibberish mixed in the style of African Bantu languages, but it may mean something in a completely unrelated language. Please don't roast me over this country, I literally thought it up when I was a kid, and added more to it over time.
Edit: Changed colors and improved logo

Airline: South Ckoqua Air Services (Koquwa Airlines)
Model: DC-3
Delivered to USAF as C-47 1942
Sold to Delta Airlines NC28180 1947
Sold to SCAS TQ-CBA 1975
Scrapped 1990
Koquwa Airlines is one of Africa's best airlines, and one of its largest too. With a SkyTrax rating of 24th place (Dec 2019) and a fleet of 44 aircraft (May 2020), it has certainly made its mark in African aviation and global aviation as a whole. However, as most airlines are, it never started out this way.

The brainchild behind Koquwa Airlines is businessman and aircraft enthusiast Trevor Gobdaneshle, who proposed a national airline in early 1974, upon hearing of the construction of Easue's (Aisuyo) first airport. Gobdaneshle applied to the State Court for an airline license - he had obtained a pilot's license himself in Johannesburg five years previously - and after a period of confusion about what would define a national airline, South Ckoqua Air Services was approved in May 1975, by which Easue Airport was nearing completion. Overjoyed, Gobdaneshle sought out to purchase three second-hand Douglas DC-3s, of which the first example, TQ-CBA, is shown. SCAS was a national sensation for the South, and not so much for the North, who would strike back, albeit very poorly, years later.

CBA made its first flight for SCAS - and SCAS' first ever flight - on September 27, 1975, flying CQ1 from Easue to Jan Smuts Airport in Johannesburg, to a huge crowd of over 5000 people. This is Koquwa Airlines' oldest route still operating, albeit today with a different flight number - although now the service is operated by either a Boeing 737-800 or Airbus A330, both of which were unheard of at the time. SCAS would enjoy years of solidarity on this route until South African Airways opened flights in 1979. By that time, SKATS had its 3 DC-3s, and was operating services to Cape Town, Marques (now Maputo), Salisbury (now Harare) and a domestic destination, Lalika (now Lavaana).

The livery is the second livery for the airline, or a revision of the first, depending on what you think. The only revision is the logo, from 'South Ckoqua Air Service' to 'South Ckoqua Air Services', a brief change in 1977 before the name South Ckoqua Airlines was applied in 1980. The crudely-drawn bird on the logo and the tail does not serve the same purpose as the dove on the flag - it was added for flight-related purposes. CBA had 21 seats, all Economy.