Afriqiyah Airways – Ratings and Reviews
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Afriqiyah Airways is a state-owned airline based in Tripoli, Libya. Before the Libyan civil war of 2011 it operated domestic services between Tripoli and Benghazi, and international scheduled services to over 25 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East; since the end of the war, it has been rebuilding its business. In mid-October 2010, Afriqiyah Airways and Libyan Airlines (Libya’s other state flag carrier) were expected to merge into one airline and, although postponed, the merger is still planned. The name Afriqiyah comes from the Arabic word for African.
Afriqiyah Airways’ main base is Tripoli International Airport, and the airline is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and the International Air Transport Association. It generated US$120 million in revenue in 2006.
Afriqiyah Airways was established in April 2001 and commenced scheduled services on 1 December 2001. It is wholly owned by the Libyan government and had 287 employees, as at March 2007. The airline started with Boeing 737-400 aircraft, but in 2003, an all-Airbus fleet was introduced. The Italian airline Blue Panorama jointly set up the airline with the Libyan government.
Afriqiyah Airways signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the purchase of six Airbus A320s and three Airbus A319s plus an option on five, as well as for three Airbus
A330-200s, with an option for three. The first A319 was delivered on September 8, 2008; the new A320s and A319s entered service on Afriqiyah’s growing international network, covering routes from its base at Tripoli to seventeen destinations in North, West, and Central Africa and the Middle East, as well as to European destinations such as Paris, Brussels, London, Rome, and Amsterdam. Afriqiyah’s A319s carry 124 passengers in a two-class configuration, while the A320 seats 144 in two class configurations (J16/Y128). The A330s serve the long-distance operations on routes to Southern Africa, Asia and Europe, and have a two-class configuration with 230 seats (J30/Y200). However they do not fly to some of these destinations anymore.
As a consequence of the Libyan civil war and the resulting no-fly zone over the country enforced by NATO, in accordance with the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, all flight operations by Afriqiyah Airways were terminated on 17 March 2011.
After suffering badly during the war, Afriqiyah Airways expressed its renewed optimism for the future on 12 November 2012 when it increased its order for A350 aircraft, announcing a new firm order for four A350-900s, and converting its original order for six A350-800s into six of the larger A350-900 model, taking the total number of A350s on order to ten A350-900s. Deliveries are scheduled to start in 2020, and the airline plans to deploy the aircraft on new routes to the United States, the Middle East and Asia.
Afriqiyah Airways is a subsidiary of the Libyan African Aviation Holding Company (LAAHC), which itself is owned by the Libyan National Social Fund, the Libyan National Investment Company, the Libya-Africa Investment Fund and the Libyan Foreign Investment Company; the airline is ultimately owned by the Libyan government. LAAHC is also the holding company for Libyan Airlines.
Afriqiyah Airways plans to introduce new services to Marseille. Two A330s that were delivered in 2009 were used to inaugurate new routes to Dhaka, Johannesburg and Kinshasa. In the winter 2010, two new routes were added to the airline’s network – Beijing and Nouakchott.
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Hubs: Tripoli International Airport, Benina International Airport, Musrata Airport, Sebha Airport
Headquarters: Tripoli, Libya
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