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Sudan Airways
Sudan Airways.svg
Founded 1947
Hubs Khartoum International Airport
Fleet size 10
Destinations 25
Parent company Sudanese Airline Authority
Headquarters Khartoum, Sudan
Key people Elsharif A.O Badr (CEO)
Captain Abdalla Idris (MD)

Sudan Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية السودانية‎) is the national airline of Sudan and is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.



Sudan Airways was formed by Sudan Railways in 1947 to serve parts of the country that no railways reached. The initial fleet was four de Havilland Doves. In 1952, the airline acquired its first DC-3 and expanded to seven aircraft. These were used for international services to Aden, Asmara, Beirut, Cairo (then considered domestic) and Jeddah. In 1959, the Vickers Viscount was added to the fleet and the Blue Nile flights to European destinations started. Also in 1959, Sudan Airways joined IATA. In 1962, Sudan Airways took delivery of two De Havilland Comet jets (DH106-4C, as ST-AAW and ST-AAX) to replace its Vickers Viscounts. By 1967, the airline had replaced its DC-3s with Fokker F27s. Subsequently, the fleet was modernised with Boeing 707, Boeing 737, Airbus A310, Airbus A300, Fokker 50 and more recently has acquired through lease-finance, three Airbus A320s.

The 20th anniversary (1947-1967) of the airline was marked by the Sudanese government's issue of four multicoloured postage stamps in December 1968. These stamps show the DC-3 (15 mm), Comet-4C (55 mm), Dove (2Pt), and Fokker Friendship (3Pt), all airborne.

Sudan continues to suffer a civil war which restricts areas of the country that can be served. In addition, there is a UN embargo against the country resulting in curtailment of European services and the sale of two Fokker F50s.

The airline has also used Ilyushin IL-18 aircraft operated by Air Cess.

In 2007, the Sudanese government privatised the airline, maintaining only a 30% share of the national carrier. A team of professional consultants was bought in to the airline, and by year end 2008 the fleet will be expanded to 12 aircraft with more expected in 2009. The network is being developed and in cooperation with the Sudan Civil Aviation Authority, Khartoum Airport is in the process of being upgraded to be used as a hub for Sudan Airways. Anticipated new routes are Nigeria, Kuwait, Bahrain and Eritrea. Moreover, services to Nairobi and Entebbe are expected to resume. Whilst the airline has withdrawn from its once a week service on the London route, it is entering into a codeshare agreement with UK airline BMI that will offer passengers an increased frequency of four flights weekly between the two capital cities.

The airline's investors will also be purchasing state of the art technology that will see Sudan Airways with one of the most advanced reservations, e-ticketing, computerised check-in and inventory management systems in Africa.


On Saturday 21 June 2008, Sudan's CAA issued a statement stating that the whole airline had been grounded for a month due to breaking aviation and operational/administration rules. It has been stated that the grounding has nothing to do with Sudan Airways' appalling safety record or the Sudan Airways Flight 109 crash on 10 June 2008. [1]



The Sudan Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of 2 July 2009) [1]:

Sudan Airways Fleet
Aircraft In
Airbus A300-600 3 1 stored at IST
Airbus A310-300 1
Airbus A320-200 1 Operated by Comoro Islands Airways
Boeing 707-300 1
Fokker 50 4
Total 10

Incidents and accidents

The airline has had the following three fatal crashes:


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