Afriqiyah Airways is an airline based in Tripoli, Libya. It operates domestic services between Tripoli and Benghazi and international scheduled services to over 25 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Its main base is Tripoli International Airport. The name Afriqiyah comes from the Arabic language word for African. The 9.9.99 logo on the side of Afriqiyah's airplanes refers to the date of the Sirte Declaration which marked the formation of the African Union. The idea was for Afriqiyah to be the "Airline of Africa" with its hub in Tripoli.
Afriqiyah Airways is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and the International Air Transport Association.
The airline expected to carry 655,000 passengers in 2008. With the continued launching of new routes, Afriqiyah aimed to carry 1 million passengers by the end of 2009. The airline generated US$120 million in revenue in 2006.
The airline was established in April 2001 and commenced scheduled services on 1 December 2001. It is wholly owned by the Libyan government and has 287 employees (at March 2007). The airline started off with Boeing 737-400 aircraft, but in 2003 introduced all Airbus equipment.
Afriqiyah Airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the acquisition of six Airbus A320s and three Airbus A319s plus an option on five, as well as for three Airbus A330-200s, with an option for three. This acquisition is part of the long-term expansion strategy of the young Libyan airline. The first A319 was delivered on September 8, 2008.
The new A320s and A319s will be put into service on Afriqiyah’s growing international network, covering routes from its base at Tripoli to seventeen destinations in North-, West- and Central Africa and the Middle East, as well as to European destinations such as Paris, Brussels, London, Rome and Amsterdam. Afriqiyah’s A319s will carry 124 passengers in a two-class configuration, while the A320 will seat 150 in comfortable two class configurations. The A330s will serve the long-distance operations on routes to Southern Africa, Asia and Europe and will have a three-class configuration with 253 seats.
Afriqiyah Airways Flights and Other Cheap Airlines: