Tuesday, March 12, 2013

► ALGERIA: Tassili Airlines looks to buy "at least 5 or 6" new aircraft to aide in network roll out plans.

Tassili AirlinesAlgerian carrier Tassili Airlines (SF) has outlined its intended fleet expansion plans to aide in the roll out of its recently-launched domestic network with delivery estimated to be in late 2013/early 2014.

Tassili Airlines 737-800 (GraphycFoto)
Speaking to the Algerian press on Monday, Rashid Idjer, deputy director of sales at Tassili Airlines said:
"Tassili Airlines fleet is likely to increase by at least five or six aircraft in the 70 or 100seater bracket," he said. The future acquisitions will arrive in late 2013 or early 2014. TAL, a subsidiary of Sonatrach (the Algerian oil parastatal) will opt for Boeing and Bombardier aircraft, he explained, as TAL technicians and pilots are already trained on these aircraft types.

Mr. Idjer said that the company will soon launch negotiations for the ordering of the new aircraft, which will join its current fleet of 31 aircraft consisting of four B737-800s, four Bombardier Dash 8-200s, four Dash 8-400s and various other props.

In terms of price, Tassili has thus far kept its fares on par with that of Air Algérie (AH), though there are plans to better theirs in the hopes of providing more accessible flights for people, especially those from the south of the country. He reiterated however, that the two companies work to complement and cooperate with each other and "are not competing."

Tassili Airlines was established in March 1998 as a joint venture between Sonatrach and Air Algérie before becoming a 100%-owned subsidiary of Sonatrach in April 2005.