Ailing national carrier Sudan Airways is reportedly in talks with Lufthansa Consulting to revive the airline’s fortunes. Stumped by EU flight bans and US sanctions, the airline has fallen a long way from where it once was. But with the assistance of one of the industry’s leading restructuring consultancies onboard, could the tables be turning for Sudan Airways?
Could Lufthansa Consulting rescue Sudan Airways?
Lufthansa’s consulting arm is reportedly in talks with the government of Sudan over the restructuring of the country’s ailing air carrier. Sudan Airways, one of the oldest airlines in Africa, has suffered from a combination of sanctions from the US and bans from flying into Europe, and is a shadow of its former self.
Since the lifting of sanctions in 2017, there have been rumors of a revival for the Sudanese carrier. Now, it seems the airline could be helped by one of the industry’s most accomplished consulting firms, Lufthansa Consulting.
The nature of the help has not been revealed, but could go as far as a joint venture partnership. According to an interview reported by Bloomberg, Finance Minister Gibril Ibrahim said,
Lufthansa Consulting is an independent subsidiary of the German flag carrier. It provides consultancy for airlines, airports and other related industries. Founded in 1998, it has worked on projects including the turnaround of Mexicana de Aviacion, the restructuring of Saudia and the expansion of Air Astana.
The group has experience in Africa too, having been involved in the development of Ouagadougou International Airport in Burkina Faso, restructuring at Air Madagascar and upgrading operational processes at Kenya Airways. As such, it is in a good position to assist Sudan in the revival of a national carrier it can be proud to host.
A revival on the cards?
Sudan Airways is one of Africa’s oldest airlines, having been formed from the ashes of the second world war in February 1946. Flying four De Havilland Doves, it began scheduled flight in 1947. A decade later, it joined IATA and by the 1960s had entered the jet age with the addition of two Comet 4Cs.