Air Djibouti

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Air Djibouti
Air Djibouti logo.svg
Founded 1963
Ceased operations 2002
Hubs Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport
Destinations Mogadishu, Addis Ababa, Aden
Headquarters Djibouti City

Air Djibouti, also known as Red Sea Airlines, was the flag carrier of Djibouti between 1963 and 2002. It was headquartered in the capital, Djibouti City.[1][2]


Air Djibouti was established in April 1963. Scheduled operations commenced in April of the following year, with a fleet of Bristol 170, De Havilland Dragon Rapide and Beechcraft Model 18 aircraft.[3] In 1970, the airline was taken over by the Air France subsidiary Air Somali, which was founded in 1962. Both airlines merged in 1971.[4] The newly independent Republic of Djibouti participated in 1977 with a 62.5% share in the company. The state later acquired a 90% stake in the carrier when in early 1981 it bought additional shares of Air France.


An Air Djibouti Boeing 737-200 at the Paris-Orly Airport (1980).

In the 1960s, the airline operated Douglas DC-3s, a Beechcraft Model 18 and a Beechcraft Musketeer.[1] In the early 1970s, the fleet also included a Douglas DC-6; the two Beechcrafts had been replaced by a Bell JetRanger helicopter and a Piper Cherokee Six.[5]

From 1998 onwards, the Air Djibouti fleet consisted of a single Airbus A310 aircraft.[6]

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An Air Djibouti Airbus A310-200 at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (1999).



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