Hewa Bora
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Hewa Bora. Boeing MD-82. Flight from Kinshasa to Kisangani.

Fly well!

The airport airport is different, and how good it is, when arriving at your next destination, you feel at home, because the difficult hours of the flight are behind you.
No matter how difficult life is in Africa, but once arriving in the city of Kisangani in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, you feel really "white man."


Hewa Bora Airlines is a local Congolese carrier that takes you two hours from the capital, Kinshasa, to this small town located exactly at zero degrees, right at the equator. Your flight will take no more than two hours, if you do not have to wait at the airport for extra time to load the baggage of any of the local entrepreneurs. In this case, the flight may be delayed, and no one will take into account the indignation of disgruntled passengers! The plane will take off only when the loading of cargo is completed. It seems that the doors slammed shut, and the plane was taxiing to the runway ...

Sama Airlines «Hewa Bora» blacklisted airlines of the European Union, precisely for the reason, not compliance with the rules for the transport of passengers and goods. Each flight of the airline is performed with a large overload, which, of course, is not permissible, in terms of compliance with aviation security.

the pilots of the Congo

The flight was assigned to an American aircraft manufactured by Boeing Corporation, a modification of the MD-82. It seems to be not bad, but the cabin itself leads passengers into a rage. Here the overload is noticeable even on the arrangement of seats in the plane. The gap between them is so narrow that I wondered how lush passengers were placed in them.

The flight itself, from the city of Kinshasa to Kisangani, is considered to be internal, and security procedures must be as simple as possible. When they arrived at their destination, all the passengers were in a hurry to quickly get out of this cell, and passing through the visual line of control, simply went further to the airport premises, having completed their flight. Apparently, I too stood out from the crowd, as a security officer invited me to approach him. After checking my documents and finding out who I was, where I came from and for what purpose, he said that I did not have enough visas to the city of Kisangani. I explained that in one country there are no two visas, but the official insisted on his own.

Kisangani Airport, waiting room.

Without thinking too long, he suggested that I pay 20 dollars for obtaining a visa to the city of Kisangani. What could I do? Of course, agree to his proposal.
Traveling through the countries of Central Africa, you must be prepared for such situations, and not be saddened, just because life is built here.

Martynenko Igor G. - UN official in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.