A new DC8 Air Afrique airliner was named by Mme. Francois Tombalbaye, the wife of?
GV Aircraft on tarmac
SV President Tombalbaye (nearest) arrives
CU Sign on aircraft 'Air Afrique'
SV&CU Director of civil aeronautics speaks (Aziz Sabit)
SV President listens while airline official speaks (Cheikh Fall)
CU President and wife (2 shots)
CU Secretary of OCAM, M. Kane
SV Mme. Tombalbaye unveils name on aircraft 'Fort Lamy'
SV Ditto receives bouquet
LV&CU President and Director General of Air Afrique watch aircraft take off and fly over (3 shots)
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Background: A new DC8 Air Afrique airliner was named by Mme. Francois Tombalbaye, the wife of the Chad President, in a simple ceremony held in Fort Lamy on Tuesday (June 2). The aircraft will be operating a service between Senegal and Europe.
Present at the ceremony were the Chad President, Francois Tombalbaye; the Chad Director of Civil Aeronautics; M. Aziz Sabit; the Director General of Air Afrique, Mr. Cheikh Fall and M. Falilou Kane, the Secretary-General of OCAM (Organisation Commune Africaine et Malagache-Afro-Malagasy Common Organisation).
In a short speech, the Director of Civil Aeronautics for Chad, M. Aziz Sabit said that for Africans, aviation was more than a means of communication, it was a symbol of progress.
The aircraft, named "Ford Lamy" after the Chad capital, can be used for passengers, cargo or a mixture of both. It can hold 251 passengers or 46 tons of freight; or a mixture of 164 passengers and 12.5 tons of freight.
The new aircraft left Fort Lamy that evening on its inaugural flight to Paris. It will spend three weeks at Le Bourget Airport for Cleaning and other operations before going into regular service.