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Afriqiyah Airways
الخطوط الجوية الأفريقية
Afriqiyah Logo.png
Founded 2001
Hubs Tripoli International Airport
Frequent flyer program Rahal
Fleet size 12 (+16 Orders)
Destinations 28
Headquarters Tripoli, Libya
Key people Captain Sabri Saad Shadi (Chairman)

Afriqiyah Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية الأفريقية‎) is an airline based in Tripoli, Libya.[1] It operates domestic services between Tripoli and Benghazi and international scheduled services to over 25 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Its main base is Tripoli International Airport[2]. The name Afriqiyah comes from the Arabic language word for African. The 9.9.99 logo on the side of Afriqiyah's airplanes refers to the date of the Sirte Declaration which marked the formation of the African Union. The idea was for Afriqiyah to be the "Airline of Africa" with its hub in Tripoli.

Afriqiyah Airways is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and the International Air Transport Association.

The airline expects to carry 655,000 passengers in 2008. With the continued launching of new routes, Afriqiyah aims to carry 1 million passengers by the end of 2009.[3] The airline generated US$120 million in revenue in 2006.[4]



Afriqiyah Airways economy class seating in one of the airline's new A320s with AVOD screens in every seat - the airline has worked to improve customer experience in recent years.

The airline was established in April 2001 and commenced scheduled services on 1 December 2001. It is wholly owned by the Libyan government and has 287 employees (at March 2007)[2]. The airline started off with Boeing 737-400 aircraft, but in 2003 introduced all Airbus equipment.

Afriqiyah Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition 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.[5] This acquisition is part of the long-term expansion strategy of the young Libyan airline. The first A319 was delivered on September 8, 2008.

The new A320s and A319s will be put into 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 will carry 124 passengers in a two-class configuration[6], while the A320 will seat 150 in comfortable two class configurations. The A330s will serve the long-distance operations on routes to Southern Africa, Asia and Europe and will have a three-class configuration with 253 seats.

On the 20th August 2009, Afriqiyah Airways flew Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi, convicted in the Lockerbie Bombing, home to Libya to die. The aircraft used was a private charter Airbus A300 aircraft, flown from Glasgow to Tripoli.



New routes

Afriqiyah Airways Airbus A320 in Düsseldorf.

According to the airline's website, the most immediate new routes planned by the airline are to Beijing and Kinshasa.[7] In the future, Afriqiyah Airways also plans to introduce new services to Mumbai, Delhi, Istanbul and Beirut.[3]

The airline has already taken delivery of one of its ordered A319s and has deployed on the new Dubai route in a two-class configuration. Two of the three A330s will also be delivered this year and the third next year. They will be used to inaugurate new routes to Johannesburg.[3]


The Afriqiyah Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of September 2009):

Afriqiyah Airways Fleet[8]
Aircraft In Service Orders Options Passengers
Routes Notes
Airbus A300-600 1 0 0 VIP division
Airbus A319-100 3 0 5 112 (16/96) Short-Medium Haul
Airbus A320-200 2 9 0 142 (16/126) Short-Medium Haul
Airbus A330-200 3 0 3 230 (30/200) Long Haul
Airbus A340-200 1 0 0 261 Long Haul VIP division
Airbus A350-800 0 6 0 TBD Long Haul
Total 12 15 8

As of December 2008, the average age of the Afriqiyah Airways fleet is 9.4 years.[9]


  1. ^ "Contact Us." Afriqiyah Airways. Retrieved on 9 November 2009.
  2. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International: p. 51. 2007-03-27.  
  3. ^ a b c (May 20, 2008), Endres, Gunter, Libya to restructure air transport sector, FlightGlobal, Accessed May 20, 2008
  4. ^ "Political, visa issues driving Libya's Airbus orders", Business Intelligence Middle East Accessed May 30, 2008
  5. ^ Afriqiyah Airways Orders (Airbus Press Release: July 18, 2006)
  6. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology, Vol. 169 No. 10, 15 Sept. 2008, "A319 for Afriqiyah", p. 16
  7. ^ New Routes, Afriqiyah Website
  8. ^ Afriqiyah Airways Fleet
  9. ^

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