Daallo Airlines

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Daallo Airlines
Diyarada Ee Daallo
طيران دالو
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1991
Hubs Djibouti-Ambouli International Airport
Fleet size 3
Destinations 6
Headquarters Dubai Airport Free Zone
Al Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Key people Mohamed Abdillahi Abusita (Chairman)
Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin (CEO)
Website www.daallo.com

Daallo Airlines is a Somali-owned airline based at Dubai Airport Free Zone in Al Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[1] With its main hub at the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, the airline operates scheduled services in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.[2][3] Daallo briefly ceased all operations in March 2010,[4] but resumed operations later in the year.[5][6]


Daallo Airlines was established in 1991 in Djibouti by Mohamed Haji Abdillahi Abusita and Mohammed Ibrahim Yassin Olad.[7][8] It began operations on 20 March 1991 with one Cessna aircraft. Soviet aircraft are largely used, although some Boeing and Airbus aircraft have been added, enabling the launch of direct flights between Djibouti and Paris in July 2001, and flights between Djibouti and London in October 2002.

Daallo Airlines D3 is the designated carrier of the Republic of Djibouti. It operates scheduled flights from its hub, based in Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport JIB. The airline operates passenger, cargo, chartered and mail services to destinations in the Horn of Africa and Arabian Peninsula, including Dubai and Jeddah.

As of March 2007, Daallo Airlines had 110 employees. The carrier received new shareholders later in the year, the Dubai World subsidiary Istithmar World Aviation. Founders and owners Mohamed Haji Abdillahi "Abusita" and Mohammed Ibrahim Yasin "Olaad" remained as board members. In December 2008, Terry Fox, who had served as Director of Operations, was appointed Chief Executive Officer. The company maintained unbroken service on its main European route to Paris CDG and London Gatwick from Djibouti until 2009.

In March 2010, all flight operations were suspended, but service resumed later in the year.[5]

In February 2015, Daallo Airlines merged with Jubba Airways to form the African Airways Alliance.[9]


A MyTravel Airways Boeing 757-200 with Daallo Airlines stickers near the front door at Manchester Airport, England (2003).

Daallo Airlines services the following destinations (as of May 2014):[3]

[Base] Base
[T] Terminated destination
City Country IATA ICAO Airport
Addis Ababa Ethiopia ADD HAAB Addis Ababa Bole International Airport [T]
Bosaso Somalia BSA HCMF Bender Qassim International Airport [T]
Djibouti Djibouti JIB HDAM Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport [Base]
Dubai United Arab Emirates DXB OMDB Dubai International Airport
Hargeisa Somalia HGA HCMH Hargeisa International Airport
Jeddah Saudi Arabia JED OEJN King Abdul Aziz International Airport
London United Kingdom LGW EGKK Gatwick Airport [T]
Mogadishu Somalia MGQ HCMM Aden Adde International Airport
Nairobi Kenya NBO HKJK Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Paris France CDG LFPG Charles de Gaulle Airport [T]


There is conflicting information concerning both the historic and current Daallo Airlines fleet. Daallo's official website does not mention the airline's present fleet. However, Airfleets.net shows Daallo currently operating a single Boeing 737-300.[10] Planespotters.net indicates that Daallo is currently operating a single McDonnell Douglas DC-9-30.[11]

Between 1991 and 2002, the airline operated various aircraft including: Tupolev Tu-154, Antonov An-24, Ilyushin Il-18, Boeing 767 and L-410 aircraft.[12] According to other sources, the airline has also operated Boeing 757-200 and 727-200 aircraft with Ilyushin Il-76 and Antonov An-12 aircraft for cargo operations.[13]

The Daallo Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of February 2016): [14]

Daallo Airlines
Aircraft In Fleet Order Passengers Notes
Airbus A321-100 1 0 179 2 originally delivered. One returned to lessor, other stored after in-flight accident[15]
Boeing 737-300 1 0 n/a
Total 2 0

Accidents and incidents[edit]

Date Location Aircraft Registration Aircraft damage Fatalities Description Refs
2 November 2009 Bosaso Antonov An-24 EY-47693 None 0 Two men unsuccessfully attempted to hijack an Antonov airplane operated by Daallo Airlines on a flight from Bosaso to Djibouti. Armed passengers confronted the alleged hijackers when the two men drew their weapons, allowing the pilots to return the plane to Bosaso. None of the thirty passengers were harmed, and the aircraft was undamaged. [16]
13 November 2009 Mogadishu Antonov An-24 None 0 A man tried to board a Daallo Airlines flight in Mogadishu bound for Hargeisa, Djibouti and Dubai carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe. The incident bore similarities to the failed attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 travelling from Detroit to Amsterdam on Christmas Day, 2009. The man was arrested and taken into Somali police custody. [17]
2 February 2016 Mogadishu Airbus 321 SX-BHS Hole in Fuselage, damage from subsequent fire 1 Five minutes after taking off from Mogadishu en route to Djibouti, a bomb exploded aboard Flight 159, opening a hole in the fuselage behind the 2R door. Pilots were able to land the plane at Aden Adde International Airport. Two injuries were reported and one man was claimed to have been pulled from the plane during or after the explosion, landing in the town of Dhiiqaaley near Balad, Somalia. The Islamic militant group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the bombing. [18]



  1. ^ "Contact Us." Daallo Airlines. Retrieved on 21 July 2011. "Corporate Office Dubai Airport Free Zone J 21, Dubai P.O. Box 293515 United Arab Emirates"
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 71. 
  3. ^ a b "Daallo Airlines". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  4. ^ http://www.daallo.biz/news.asp
  5. ^ a b United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "Refworld - Somalia: Names of regional airlines that fly directly into the North, particularly Hargeisa (Somaliland) and Bossaso (also spelled as Bosaso) (Puntland)". Refworld. Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  6. ^ "Daallo Airlines (D3): Find Daallo Airlines Flights & Deals – CheapOair". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  7. ^ DAALLO Airline - Timeline
  8. ^ "Daallo Airlines". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  9. ^ "Regional airlines merge as Somali airspace draws competition". Goobjoog. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Daallo Airlines Fleet | Airfleets aviation". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  11. ^ "Daallo Airlines Fleet Details and History - Planespotters.net Just Aviation". Planespotters.net. 15 April 2003. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  12. ^ "Daallo Airlines". Retrieved 3 February 2016. 
  13. ^ "Soohel". Soohel. Retrieved 2012-08-05. 
  14. ^ "Daallo Airlines Fleet - Airfleets aviation". 
  15. ^ "Daallo Airlines Fleet of A321 (History) - Airfleets aviation". 
  16. ^ "Somali men fail in attempt to hijack plane". Somali News Post. Associated Press. 2 November 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  17. ^ "Somali arrested at airport with chemicals, syringe". AP. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "Somalia: Plane makes emergency landing in Mogadishu after 'explosion' in mid-flight". 
  19. ^ "Report: Man Ejected From Somali Plane in Midair Was Suicide Bomber". 

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