Corsair International

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This article is about the French airline. For the American computer company, see Corsair Components.
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Founded 17 May 1981
(as Corse Air International)
Operating bases Orly Airport
Alliance TUI Airlines
Fleet size 7
Destinations 15
Company slogan Corsair, ouvrons d'autres horizons
Parent company TUI Group
Headquarters Rungis, France
Key people Pascal de Izaguirre

Corsair S.A. is an airline based in Rungis, France.[1][2] It is the second largest French airline after Air France and operates international scheduled and charter services to 15 destinations in the French overseas territories, Africa and North America. It is based at Orly Airport, Paris.[3]


The airline was established in 1981 and started operations on 17 May 1981 as Corse Air International. It was founded by the Corsican Rossi family; in 1990 it was acquired by Nouvelles Frontières, a French tour operator, and the name was changed to "Corsair". Worldwide traffic rights were obtained in 1991. In 2000 TUI AG, one of the world's leading tour operator groups, took over Nouvelles Frontières.

Airbus A330 in former Corsairfly livery

In 2004, Corsair aircraft were repainted with the colours of TUI, blue fuselage with the TUI-logo, like its sister airlines. At the end of 2005 the TUI Group, decided to rename all its affiliated airlines TUIfly. As an interim step Corsair aircraft were repainted with Corsairfly markings, although all airlines in the group were expected to have adopted the common TUIfly brand by 2008.[3]

The airline holds the record for most seats on a passenger aircraft (587 seats, on its Boeing 747-400s).[4]

In 2008, the airline announced its intention to expand its medium-haul network to the Mediterranean and its long-haul network to Canada and the United States (where it regularly flew in the 1990s), including the establishment of codeshare agreements with Air Canada.[5] The first destination in this expansion was Miami in June 2010, but the rest of the plan was later abandoned due to a change in the airline's strategy.


A Boeing 747-400 in the new livery

On 27 May 2010, Corsairfly announced a plan called "Takeoff 2012", aimed to modernise the airline. This plan includes a reduction of workforce by 25%, the replacement of 3 Boeing 747-400 by 2 Airbus A330-300 from TUI AG, the refurbishment of all aircraft cabins, leaving the charter flights market, and consolidation of routes (including dropping Kenya, Dominican Republic, Québec City, Moncton and Israel).[6][7] As of October 2010, the plan was pending union approval.[8]

On 22 March 2012, the airline announced it would be changing its name to Corsair International and unveiled the new corporate image inline with the planned operational changes.[9]



Airbus A330-300 at Edinburgh Airport

The Corsair International fleet consists of the following aircraft as of March 2014:[10][unreliable source?]

Corsair International Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A330-200 2 26 278 304
Airbus A330-300 2 26 334 360
Boeing 747-400 3 36 497 533
Total 7

Former fleet: 5 Boeing 747-300 (F-GSKY,F-GSUN,F-GSEX,F-GSEA,F-HJAC) 1 Boeing 747SP (leased from South African Airways)


  1. ^ "Historique de Corsairfly." Corsairfly. Retrieved on 2 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Nos métiers." Corsairfly. Retrieved on 23 September 2009. "CORSAIRFLY - DRH 2 avenue Charles Lindbergh 94636 RUNGIS Cedex "
  3. ^ a b "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 2007-04-03. p. 69. 
  4. ^ Corsairfly Fleet (Company Web site)
  5. ^ Corsair : Etats-Unis, Québec et Israël en ligne de mire
  6. ^ Corsairfly: plan de 380 départs volontaires sur deux ans
  7. ^ Corsairfly réorganise ses dessertes
  8. ^ "Corsair restructuring decision expected this week". Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  9. ^ Corsair unveil new image
  10. ^ "Corsair Fleet Details and History". 19 March 2014. Retrieved 18 December 2014. 

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