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Air Algérie
Founded 1947
Hubs Houari Boumedienne Airport
Secondary hubs Oran Es Senia Airport
Focus cities Orly Airport
Frequent flyer program Air Algerie Plus
Member lounge Departure lounge
Fleet size 34 (+7 orders)
Destinations 68
Company slogan Always Caring for you
Parent company Air Algérie Group
Headquarters Algiers, Algeria
Key people Abdelwahid Bouabdallah (Director General and CEO)

Air Algérie SpA (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية الجزائرية‎) is the national flag carrier airline of Algeria. Based in Algiers (Houari Boumedienne Airport), Air Algérie operates scheduled international services to 39 destinations in 28 countries in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, as well as domestic services to 32 airports.

Air Algérie is in the process of becoming a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance. Bilateral codeshare agreements, frequent flyer programs and airport lounge agreements with each of the SkyTeam carriers must be in place before it can meet the alliance's membership requirements.[1]




Formation and early years

Air Algérie was founded in 1947 as the Société Algérienne de Construction Aéronautique (SACA)-Air Algérie. On May 23, 1953, it merged with the Compagnie Air Transport to form the Compagnie Générale de Transports Aériens (CGTA)-Air Algérie.

Airbus A330-200 at Montréal-Trudeau
Airbus A330-200 landing in Montréal-Trudeau
Air Algerie Boeing 737-800 (7T -VJN) landing at London Heathrow Airport.

Following independence from France in 1962 the company become Air Algérie (Entreprise Nationale d'exploitation des Services Aériens). In 1963 the Algerian government took possession of 51% of the company assets, increasing its stake to 83% in 1970 and to 100% and nationalisation in 1974, after acquisition of the remaining 17% stake held by Air France. It employs 9,775 staff (at March 2007)[2]. Air Algerie is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization. Air Algérie is a joint-stock company SPA with a capital of 43,000,000,000 DA.

Modernization of the company

The airline covers a network of 96,000 km. More than 3,000,000 passengers and nearly 20,000 tonnes of cargo are carried every year. In 2003, the number of daily flights in peak periods was 120. Air Algérie has generated almost five billion available seat-kilometres and performed 3.3 billion revenue passenger- kilometres. A few years later, Air Algeria, relieved of the management terminal, became a limited company in 1997 and 2006, its capital amounted to 57 billion dinars (about 560 million euros). With nearly 6 million passengers a year on its regular routes, Air Algérie saw sales go up year after year. Thus, an airline is doing very well. It has modernized its fleet. The sales network comprises 150 agencies in Algeria and abroad, linked to the booking system and distributed through GDS to which Air Algérie has subscribed. Air Algérie is a Joint Stock Company (J.S.C) the registered capital of which is 43,000,000,000.00 DA. Air Algérie is a company resolutely turned towards Modernity. Air Algérie has made in 2005, a 48.7 billion DA turnover , a 5 % progress compared to 2004 and a 8 billion DA net profit .The Company carries annually nearly 3 Millions passengers on its regular services.


Air Algérie is a joint stock company. The shares are totally owned by the Algerian state. Its Board of Directors is headed by Abdelwahid Bouabdallah, Chairman and Managing Director.

Recently, the Air Algérie was divided into several departments to better meet the expectations of its customers and challenges of global aviation. Now, there are poles separate maintenance, domestic routes, international routes, cargo and service tour operator. Four subsidiaries were established: Technics Air Algérie, Air Algerie Catering, Domestics and Air Algérie Cargo Air Algérie. Soon will see the launch of Air Algeria Plus is a customer loyalty with discounts on flights, car rental or hotel reservations. Company to the modern fleet, the balance sheets balanced, Air Algérie is resolutely turned towards the future.

Air Algérie performs the following activities:

  • Passenger carriage
  • Cargo carriage

Air Algérie services include:

  • Air transport functions such as flight operations, maintenance, transport and commercial functions.
  • Supporting activities such as logistics and catering , as well as the coordinating activities such as finance, personnel management, legal affairs, computers and telecommunications.
  • Charter services in support of oil exploration and the annual Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.


Between 2010 and 2011, Air Algérie plans to expand the opening new routes. So far we know the following:



The Air Algérie fleet consists of the following aircraft as of November 2009[3]

Air Algérie Fleet
Aircraft Number Orders Passengers
Routes Notes
Airbus A330-200 5 0 269 (16/32/211) Africa, Asia, Canada AVOD sistem
ATR 72-500 8 4 66 (0/0/66) domestic four to Air Algérie Express
Boeing 737-600 5 0 101 (0/16/85) domestic, North Africa, Europe
Boeing 737-800 14 7 [4] 144 (0/24/120)
162 (0/48/114)
domestic, Africa, Europe with winglets
Boeing 767-300 4 0 253 (14/22/197) Asia, North Africa
Total 36 11

The airline foresees reaching 150 long-haul aircraft by 2025[5].

Air Algerie plans to open several long-distance routes that need more long-range aircraft. So the company is considering the purchase of new aircraft. At the moment most are suitable for Air Algérie, the Boeing 777-200LR and the Airbus A330-200. There are also studies on a future purchase of the Boeing 787.


The cargo division of Air Algérie operates 5 Boeing 737-200 freight aircraft, that will change by 3 Boeing 777F cargo between 2010 and 2012.

Fleet history

Over the years, Air Algérie operated the following aircraft types:

Air Algérie Retired Fleet [6]
Aircraft Years active
Airbus A300 1980-1991
Airbus A310-200 1985-2003
Airbus A320-200 1999-2005
Boeing 727-200 1969-2002
Boeing 737-200 1971-2004
Boeing 737-400 1999-2005
Boeing 747-100 1977-1985
Boeing 747-200 1977-1997
Boeing 747-300 1995-2004
Boeing 757-200 2002-2005
Boeing 767-200 2000-2005
Douglas DC-10 1977-1985
Lockheed L-1011 1982-1990
Sud Aviation Caravelle 1962-1984
Fokker F27 Mk400M 1982-2002


Air Algérie offers three types of cabins. The Airbus A330-200 is equipped with the AVOD entertainment system. The Boeing 767-300 and Boeing 737-800 with an audio system.

Premier Classe

The Premier Classe is available only on the Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 767-300. Reclining seats up to 180°, forming two meter long beds. Each seat features a 10.4" touchscreen TV monitor with interactive gaming and AVOD, a privacy divider, automassage feature, reading light, storage drawer, noise-cancelling headphones, personal telephone, and laptop power ports. They have a À la carte with many options. An express menu served shortly after takeoff.

Classe Affaires

The Business Class is offered on the Airbus A330-200, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-600. In the Airbus A330-200, reclining seats up to 118°. Each seat includes a 10.4" touchscreen TV monitor with interactive gaming and AVOD. An express drink is served shortly after takeoff. In the Boeing 767-300, Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-600, there are reclining seats up to 118°, with an audio system.

Classe Économique

The Classe Économique aircraft is at Airbus A330-200, Boeing 767-300, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-600 and ATR 72-500. In the Airbus A330-200, reclining Seats 118°. Each seat includes a 10.4" touchscreen TV monitor with interactive gaming and AVOD. In the Boeing 767-300, reclining Seats 118°, with an audio system. In the Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-600, reclining Seats 118°, with an audio system. In the ATR 72-500, reclining Seats 118°.

Codeshare agreements

Incidents and accidents


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