The long established national carrier, Air Botswana is due to get a new Gaborone based competitor in 2012. Blue Sky Airways has announced plans to acquire four Boeing 737 aircraft to be used on scheduled service routes from the capital, Gaborone to key domestic and regional destinations. Blue Sky Airways is part of existing charter airline, Flying Mission Services and the Boeing jets will be flown in direct competition with the existing turbo prop aircraft flown by Air Botswana. The plans to launch the new airline are subject to the correct approvals being granted by the Botswana Civil Aviation Authority.
Flying Mission began in 1977 using aircraft to take mission and medical personnel on trips into the desert regions in and around Botswana. Beginning with one aircraft and a part-time pilot, the work has grown to a fleet of aircraft flying over half a million kilometres per year. Originally from bases at Gaborone and Maun in Botswana, and now also from bases in Zambia, Flying Mission provides a rapid link connecting major centres with distant and inaccessible areas, and brings physical and spiritual help to people in need.
Air Botswana is the National Carrier of the diamond rich Botswana economy with a strong route network of flights to destinations including Gaborone, Francistown, Maun, Kasane, Johannesburg, Harare and Lusaka. Alternative Airlines have a special relationship with Air Botswana and we have very competitive fares available on all Air Botswana flights to, from and within Botswana, these are available through our easy to use on-line booking facility.