Tuesday, October 9, 2012

► ITALY: Algeria's Tassili Airlines launches Hassi Messaoud to Rome-Fiumicino service.

Tassili AirlinesAlgeria's Tassili Airlines (SF), last week, launched once weekly direct flights between Hassi Messaoud in south-east Algeria, and Rome Fiumicino, Italy using a Boeing 737-800. This new route marks Tassili's first foray into the regional market, having been an exclusively domestic Algerian charter operator until now.

Hassi Messaoud / Oued Irara International Airport
Hassi Messaoud / Oued Irara International Airport, Algeria (aakid)
Speaking at the arrival ceremony in Rome, the CEO of TAL, Mr Faisal Kelil, stated that other foreign routes were on the cards:
Of providing new services to other international destinations from Hassi Messaoud are currently "under consideration according to their profitability for TAL," Mr. Kelil said on the sidelines of the ceremony.
Source [aeronautiqueDZ]

Founded in 1997, Tassili Airlines is a 100-percent-owned subsidiary of the parastatal Sonatrach Petroleum Corporation, and uses its fleet of four Boeing 737-800s to transport employees and cargo between large Algerian cities and Sonatrach work sites. 

The new Rome - Hassi Messaoud route is part of a framework agreement that was recently signed between TAL and 8 Italian oil companies operating in the oil rich south eastern region of Algeria, to transport their personal on site.