Friday, December 28, 2012

► TUNISIA: Syphax Airlines looks to expand to China, Canada in Summer 2013 with arrival of first of two Airbus A330s.

According to news reports out of Tunisia, Syphax Airlines (FS), Tunisia's largest private carrier, will in April 2013 take delivery of an Airbus A330 with a second due in early 2014 as the airline sets its sights on expanding internationally.

Syphax Airlines Routes
Syphax's route network (Syphax)
No specific details on the order (i.e if they are to be leased/bought and from whom) have been revealed thus far though it is said the Airbus A330 "will enable the company to launch two new flights to destinations in China and Canada during Summer 2013", with flights to Brazil, the USA and possibly South Africa, to follow.

As part of its expansion plan, the carrier plans to list on the Tunisian Stock Exchange with its IPO due in February 2013.

Founded in 2011 and based in the coastal city of Sfax by businessman Mohamed Frikha, Syphax Airlines  Syphax currently operates two Airbus A319s for use on its domestic Tunisian flights. Regional services include Morocco, Libya, Turkey and Saudi Arabia with an extensive network to France and the United Kingdom.