Air Djibouti

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Air Djibouti
Air Djibouti logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1963
Commenced operations
  • 1964
  • 2015 (Relaunched)
Ceased operations 2002
Hubs Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport
Destinations Khartoum, Mogadishu, Addis Ababa, Dubai
Company slogan The Red Sea Airline
Headquarters Djibouti City
Key people

Air Djibouti, also known as Red Sea Airlines, is the flag carrier of Djibouti.[2] It first flew in 1963 and ceased all operations 2002. In 2015 the airline was relaunched, first as a cargo airline and then, in 2016, with passenger services as well. It is headquartered in the capital, Djibouti City.[3][4]


An Air Djibouti McDonnell Douglas DC-9 leased from JAT Yugoslav Airlines (1991).
An Air Djibouti Boeing 737-200 at the Paris-Orly Airport (1980).
An Air Djibouti Airbus A310-200 at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (1999).

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.[5] In 1970, the airline was taken over by the Air France subsidiary Air Somali, which was founded in 1962. Both airlines merged in 1971.[6] The company operated international scheduled flights to Aden, Asmara, Dire Dawa, Hargeisa, Mogadishu, Sanaa and Taizz. From April 1974 Air Djibouti had two airplanes of the Douglas DC-6 type, which operated on charter flights to Europe as well as for cargo shipments to Nairobi. The remaining Douglas DC-3 were replaced in 1975 by two De Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otters. The newly independent Republic of Djibouti took a 62.5% share in the company in 1977. The state later acquired a 90% stake in the carrier when in early 1981 it bought additional shares from Air France. Air Djibouti ceased operations in 2002.


Air Djibouti was set to relaunch service in late 2015 and 2016[needs update] with Chairman Aboubaker Omar Hadi and CEO Mario Fulgoni. The company is also supported by South Wales based Cardiff Aviation.[7][8] In late 2015 Air Djibouti relaunched service with a Boeing 737 freighter. The government wishes to establish the country as a regional logistics and commercial hub for trade in East Africa, and chose to relaunch the airline as part of this plan.[8][9] The airline started regional services with the Boeing 737-400 on 16 August 2016 and planned to introduce two British Aerospace 146-300 aircraft before the end of 2016.[10][needs update]


As of November 2016, Air Djibouti served the following list of destinations.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Djibouti Djibouti City Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport Hub [11]
Ethiopia Addis Ababa Addis Ababa [11]
Ethiopia Dire Dawa Dire Dawa International Airport [11]
Somalia Berbera Berbera Airport [11]
Somalia Hargeisa Hargeisa Airport [11]



In August 2016 (2016-08), a 167-seater Boeing 737-400, owned by Cardiff Aviation, became Air Djibouti's first aircraft to be operated following the carrier's relaunch. [1][12][13]

As of August 2016, the Air Djibouti fleet consists of the following aircraft:

Aircraft In service On order Capacity Notes
Boeing 737-400 1 167[12] Operational since August 2016
Boeing 767-200ER 1[12] TBD Former SilverJet aircraft, to be delivered Nov 2016
British Aerospace 146-300 2[10] TBD to be delivered September/October 2016
Total 1 3

Historic Fleet[edit]

In the 1960s, the airline operated Douglas DC-3s, a Beechcraft Model 18, and a Beechcraft Musketeer.[3] 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.[14]

From 1998 onwards, the Air Djibouti fleet consisted of a single Airbus A310 aircraft.[15]

Before operations were suspended Air Djibouti operated 1 Airbus A310 and 5 Boeing 737-200 aircraft.

Accidents and incidents[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cardiff Aviation Delivers First Boeing 737 For New Air Djibouti Commercial Fleet". CAPA Centre for Aviation. 12 August 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-08-21. 
  2. ^ Dron, Alan (11 August 2016). "Africa's Air Djibouti continues re-fleeting". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 2016-08-21. African flag carrier Air Djibouti has taken delivery of its first Boeing 737 as it prepares to launch commercial operations. 
  3. ^ a b "World Airline Survey", Flight International, 13 April 1967, p.554 (online archive version) retrieved 6 April 2011
  4. ^ Air Djibouti entry at
  5. ^ Encyclopedia of African Airlines, Ben R. Guttery , Jefferson 1998
  6. ^ "air france - boeing - 1984 - 0530 - Flight Archive". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Reuters Editorial (2 September 2015). "Air Djibouti, back from bankruptcy, sets sights on air freight". Reuters. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  8. ^ a b "Air Djibouti to commence cargo operations in late 2015". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Djibouti has relaunched its national airline, with backing from Iron Maiden's lead singer - Business Insider". Business Insider. 4 August 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "Air Djibouti Returns". Airliner World (October 2016): 10. 
  11. ^ a b c d e "Air Djibouti frontpage". Air Djibouti. Retrieved 18 November 2016. 
  12. ^ a b c Hoyle, Craig (10 August 2016). "PICTURE: Reborn Air Djibouti's first 737 gets airborne". London: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 21 August 2016. 
  13. ^ Hoyle, Craig (9 August 2016). "Cardiff Aviation to deliver Air Djibouti 737-400". Cardiff: Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 2016-08-21. 
  14. ^ "World Airline Survey", Flight International, 22 March 1973, p.435 (online archive version) retrieved 6 April 2011
  15. ^ "Air Djibouti Fleet Details and History". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "F-OCKT Accident Description". Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved 14 February 2011. 
  17. ^ Harro Ranter (17 October 1977). "ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter registration unknown Tadjoura Airport (TDJ)". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Air Djibouti at Wikimedia Commons