Syphax Airlines

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Syphax Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 2011
Ceased operations 2015[1]
Hubs Sfax–Thyna International Airport
Secondary hubs Tunis–Carthage International Airport
Fleet size 2
Destinations 13
Company slogan Fly Smart
Headquarters Sfax, Tunisia
Key people Mohamed Frikha

Syphax Airlines was[2] a scheduled airline with its head office and main base at Sfax–Thyna International Airport in Sfax, Tunisia.[3] It served destinations in the Mediterranean.


The airline was incorporated as a limited company in 2011 by businessman Mohamed Frikha, Founder and CEO of Telnet, with a capital of 10 million dinars ($6.3m). Originally the airline planned to operate services only from Sfax, but the Tunisian aviation authorities gave them permission to fly from all airports in Tunisia. The first scheduled services were launched on 29 April 2012 using two Airbus A319 aircraft. Despite growth in services and passenger numbers the airline had after-tax losses of 14.53m dinars ($9.2m) in the first year of operation.[4]

In December 2012 an Airbus A330-200 lease contract was announced and the aircraft delivered in June 2013, eventually operating services to Montreal.[4] These widebody operations came to an end in 2015 with the return of the aircraft to its lessor.[5] On 15 January 2013 the airline ordered 3 Airbus A320neo and 3 A320ceo narrowbody aircraft, at a list price of some $600m and with delivery starting in 2015.[4][6] These orders were cancelled in June and August 2015 respectively due to the airline's deteriorating financial situation.[7]

In July 2015, Syphax Airlines suspended all operations stating financial difficulties.[8] However, the airline announced a resumption of services by September 2015 after sourcing new funding.[9]



Syphax Airlines Airbus A319-100

As of September 2015, the Syphax Airlines fleet includes the following aircraft:[10]

Syphax Airlines Fleet
Aircraft Total Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A319-100 2 150 150 currently stored
Total 2


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  3. ^ "Contact Us." Syphax Airlines. Retrieved on 1 January 2013. "Headquarters Address: Sfax Thyna International Airport – 3018 Sfax – Tunisia" – in French: "Siège Social Adresse: Aéroport International Sfax Thyna – 3018 Sfax – Tunisie"
  4. ^ a b c "Syphax Airlines. Tunisian Regional Start-up". Airliner World: 60–63. June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Syphax Airlines". Airliner World: 13. March 2015. 
  6. ^ - Tunisia’s Syphax Airlines orders the A320neo and the A320ceo
  7. ^ "Airbus announces August order book changes". Retrieved 2015-09-12. 
  8. ^ - Financially ailing Syphax Airlines suspends operations 31 July 2015
  9. ^ - Tunisia's Syphax Airlines to resume operations this month 8 September 2015
  10. ^ - Syphax Airlines retrieved 16 September 2015

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