AFRAA Appoints New Secretary General

The African Airlines Association (AFRAA) has named former Air Burkina and Air Mali CEO Abderahmane Berthé as Secretary General, succeeding Elijah Chingosho.

Berthé’s appointment was formalized during the association’s annual general assembly (AGA) in Kigali, Rwanda, and will be effective January 2018. Chingosho has held the position for the past seven years, since January 2011.

Berthé has 28 years’ aviation experience. He was appointed by Air Afrique to run Air Mali between 1993 and 2000. He then spent seven years in France before returning to again run Air Mali, this time for the Aga Khan Foundation, between 2007 and 2014. He then became CEO of Aga Khan-owned sister carrier Air Burkina in 2014-2017. He stepped down in May this year, when Air Burkina was sold back to the Burkina government.

During his time in France, Berthé was an aircraft performance engineer for several companies, including French regional Air Littoral. He is trained in management, aeronautical engineering and as a private pilot.