HISTORY: AIR ZAIRE was the national airline of Zaire. Its head office was located on the grounds of N'djili Airport in Kinshasa. Formed in June 1961 as Air Congo that was the national airline of the Congolese Republic, with Sabena providing both technical assistance and equipment. On 27 October 1971 the country changed its name from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the Republic of Zaire, and Air Congo changed its name to Air Zaire. The airline was declared bankrupt on 12 June 1995 by a Brussels court after incurring debts to the value of BFr1 billion, of which Sabena was a major creditor.
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