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Tunisair
IATA
TU
ICAO
TAR
Callsign
TUNAIR
Founded 1948
Hubs
Frequent flyer program Fidelys
Member lounge Espace Previlige
Alliance Arab Air Carriers Organization
Fleet size 34 (+16 orders)
Destinations 53
Headquarters Tunis, Tunisia
Key people Nabil Chateoui (CEO)
Website http://www.tunisair.com/

Société Tunisienne de l'Air, or Tunisair (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية التونسية‎) is the flag carrier airline of Tunisia. Formed in 1948, it operates scheduled international services to European, African and Middle Eastern destinations. Its main base is Tunis-Carthage International Airport. The airline's head office is near Tunis-Carthage Airport in Tunis.

Tunisair is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

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History

In 1948, the Tunisian government reached an agreement with Air France and Tunisair was created. It started operations in 1949. By 1957, the number of shares held by Air France were decreased and the Tunisian government became the largest shareholder in Tunisair.

By 1990, 2 Airbus A320 aircraft were added to its fleet.

During 1993-1998, Tunisair began to expand its services across Europe by starting flights to Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Bratislava, Lisbon, Linz, Salzburg, Graz, Moscow, Beirut and Stockholm. Only Beirut and Stockholm are served by regular scheduled flights, Lisbon is seasonal. The rest are served by charter flights. The Moscow flight has been discontinued, even in charter.

On October 21, 1998 Tunisair celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its creation, and beginning to remove their Boeing 727s.

In 1999 Tunisair and Air France signed an agreement to form an alliance. That agreement is set to end on January 4, 2010.

Tunisair Airbus A320-200 lands at London Heathrow Airport, England. (2007)

Destinations

Tunisair flies to 53 destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe. Its main base is Tunis-Carthage International Airport. Below are the destinations served at September 2009:

Fleet

The Tunisair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2010):[1]

Tunisair Fleet
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers
(Business/Economy)
Notes
Airbus A300-600 3 263 (28/235)
Airbus A319-100 4 106 (16/90)
144 (0/144)
Airbus A320-200 12 10 145 (25/120)
174 (0/174)
Airbus A330-200 3
Airbus A340-500 1 operated for the government of Tunisia
Airbus A350-800 3
Boeing 737-500 4 126 (0/126)
Boeing 737-600 7 126 (0/126)
Boeing 737-700 3 144 (0/144) 2 aircraft operated for Mauritania Airways
1 aircraft operated for the government of Tunisia
Total 34 16


As of 4 November 2008, the average age of the Tunisair fleet is 12.6 years. [2]

On 15 July 2008, Airbus announced that Tunisair had placed a firm order for 16 aircraft (10 A320-200s, 3 A330-200s and 3 A350-800s) for fleet renewal and expansion in a deal valued at $1.6 billion.[3]

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1970

Tunis Air fleet in 1970 [4]
Aircraft Total Orders Notes
Cessna 402 2 0
Douglas DC-3 1 0
Nord 262 1 0
Sud Caravelle 4 0
Total 8 0

Head office

Tunisair's head office is along Boulevard du 7 Novembre 1987 near Tunis-Carthage Airport in Tunis.[5] When the company first started in 1948, its head office was at 1 Rue d'Athènes in Tunis.[6] In August 1972 the airline moved to 113 Avenue de la Liberté to accomodate the employees of Tunisair's main departments.[7] In November 1991 the airline moved to its current head office.[8]

References

  1. ^ Tunisair fleet list at ch-aviation.ch. Retrieved 2010-01-09.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ Tunisair places firm order with Airbus for A350s, A330s and A320s
  4. ^ Flight International 26 March 1970
  5. ^ "Tunis." Tunisair. Retrieved on 16 March 2010.
  6. ^ "Presse Release 2008." Tunisair. 2/7. Retrieved on 16 March 2010.
  7. ^ "Presse Release 2008." Tunisair. 4/7. Retrieved on 16 March 2010.
  8. ^ "Presse Release 2008." Tunisair. 6/7. Retrieved on 16 March 2010.

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