Tassili Airlines

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Tassili Airlines
Tassili Airlines logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded4 March 1998 (1998-03-04)
Commenced operations8 April 1999 (1999-04-08)
Operating basesHouari Boumedienne Airport
Fleet size15
Parent companySonatrach
HeadquartersAlgiers, Algeria
Key peopleSidahmed Tazka [1]
(Interim Managing Director)

Tassili Airlines (Arabic: طيران الطاسيلي‎) is an Algerian passenger airline, based in Algiers, that is owned by Sonatrach, the national state-owned oil company of Algeria.

Founded in 1998, Tassili now provides scheduled services out of Houari Boumedienne Airport, as well as its charter flights and helicopter services, that were originally mainly for the Algerian oil industry.[2]


Tassili Airlines was originally established in 1998 as a joint venture between Air Algérie (49%) and the Sonatrach company (51%), both of which are government-owned. Commercial services were launched on 8 April 1999, with a flight from Hassi Messaoud to Algiers.

In April 2005, Air Algérie withdrew its funds in the airline, which thus became wholly owned by Sonatrach.

Tassili Airlines became a member of AFRAA in 2014,[3] since when it has continued its expansion of regional and international routes.

Corporate affairs[edit]


The airline is state-owned, being 100% owned by Sonatrach, the national state-owned oil company of Algeria.[3]

Business trends[edit]

The annual accounts of Tassili Airlines do not seem to have been published. Recent available figures (largely from AFRAA reports) are shown below (for years ending 31 December):

A Tassili Airlines Boeing 737-800, pictured in 2018
2016 2017 2018
Net profit
Number of employees (at year end) 1,338 1,403 1,477
Number of passengers (m) 0.2 0.8 1.8
Passenger load factor (%) 58
Number of aircraft (at year end) 12 12 15
Notes/sources [4] [5] [3]


As of December 2015, Tassili Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:[6]



A Tassili Airlines Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 in Algiers

The Tassili Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):[10]

Tassili Airlines fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800 7 155
Bombardier Dash 8-Q200 4 1 37
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 4 1 74
Total 15 2

The airline also owns several types of smaller aircraft, including Beechcraft 1900, Cessna 208 Caravan and Pilatus PC-6, as well as Bell 206 helicopters.[11]

Accidents and incidents[edit]

  • On 28 January 2004, at around 21:00 local time, a Tassili Airlines Beechcraft 1900 (registered 7T-VIN) crashed 10 kilometres short of Ghardaïa Airport where it had been scheduled to land completing a chartered flight from Hassi R'Mel Airport. The pilot Mebarki Mohamed had to abort the landing approach because a preceding aircraft had not cleared the runway in time. During manoeuvring for reaching the approach path again, the aircraft hit the ground with its right wing, which was subsequently torn off. Of the two passengers and three crew members on board, all but the co-pilot survived the crash.[12]
  • On 10 August 2017, a Tassili Airlines Bell 206 was destroyed by impact and post-impact fire when it crashed on an empty lot at Dekakna, about 5 km southwest of Douera, Algeria All four on board are believed to have died in the accident. The accident happened in daylight (1020L) and apparently in VMC. According to press reports the helicopter was being used to film the new railway line between Zeralda and Algiers.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tassili Airlines: Sidahmed Tazka, nouveau DG par intérim". algerie-eco.com (in French). Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  2. ^ "La Compagnie". Tassili Airlines (in French). Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "AFRAA Annual Report 2019" (PDF). AFRAA. 2019.
  4. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2017" (PDF). AFRAA. 2017.
  5. ^ "AFRAA Annual Report 2018" (PDF). AFRAA. 2018.
  6. ^ "Destinations". Tassili Airlines (in French). Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  7. ^ http://www.aps.dz/economie/34300-tassili-airlines-lancera-mercredi-une-nouvelle-ligne-alger-tindouf
  8. ^ "Tassili Airlines Adds New French Routes from June 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  9. ^ Admin, TAL. "Paris CDG à compter du 11 Décembre". www.tassiliairlines.dz (in French). Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  10. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 4.
  11. ^ "Tassili Airlines fleet information at tassiliairlines.dz". Retrieved Sep 18, 2020.
  12. ^ Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 1900D 7T-VIN Ghardaïa-Noumérat Airport (GHA)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  13. ^ FlightGlobal

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