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Air Liberté
Air Liberte.svg
IATA
IJ
ICAO
LIB
Callsign
-
Founded July 1987
Ceased operations 22 September 2001
Fleet size 53 (total during operations)
Destinations
Parent company British Airways (70%)
Headquarters Rungis, France
Key people Eric Schulz (CEO)

Air Liberté (later known as Air Lib) was an airline in France founded in July 1987. It was headquartered in Rungis, near Orly Airport.[1]

Air Liberté began operations in April 1988 with a leased MD-83. It mainly operated to destinations in European and Mediterranean holiday resorts, however it had some interncontinental routes. A route to Montreal was inaugurated in 1993, and Réunion and the Caribbean were also served by the airline. Unsuccessful routes included one from Toulouse to Dakar and London, which were scrapped in a conflict over slot allocations at Orly. 1996 saw a new route to Nice, and in May the route network of Euralair was taken on. Around 1996, the airline had a fleet of 5 Boeing 737-200 airplanes, 8 McDonnell Douglas MD-83 planes and 5 McDonnell Douglas DC-10 planes.

1996 also brought with it financial distress. The airline lost 1 billion FF ($181 million) that year, and in 1997 British Airways acquired 70% of the shareholding. At this time, British Airways brought Air Liberté together with TAT and inaugurated them under one management. Nouvelair was born out of Air Liberté's subsidiary in Tunisia, Air Liberté Tunisie. However, the airline did not last much longer and in 2001 operations ceased.

Fleet

An Air Lib Express McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 at Paris-Orly Airport, France. (2003)

Air Liberté operated the following aircraft during operations:[2]

Aircraft Total
Airbus A300B4-622R 2
Airbus A310-221 2
Airbus A310-324 1
ATR 42-300 7
ATR 72-202 3
Boeing 737-200 3
Fokker 100 12
McDonnell Douglas DC-10-30 5
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 5
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 13
Total 53

References

  1. ^ World Airline Directory. Flight International. 26 March-1 April 1997. "44.
  2. ^ Air Liberté past fleet
  • Hengi, BI. Airlines Worldwide. Leicester: Midland Publishing, 1997.
  • Donald, David. The Encyclopedia of Civil Aircraft Etobicoke: Prospero Books, 1999.

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