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Tunisair is an international scheduled service airline and is a flag carrier for Tunisia.
Tunisair was established in October 1948 as Tunisia's flag carrier and now operates 32 state-of-the-art aircraft (Boeing and Airbus) including A320, A319 and Boeing 737s. Tunisair is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation.
The airline main base is the Tunis-Carthage International Airport, located in the Tunisian capital Tunis.
Tunisair serves destinations located in Europe, Africa and the Middle East, to more than 100 destinations. These include Manchester, London, Paris, Brussels, Basle, Nantes, Bordeaux, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille, Toulouse, Nice, Lyon, Geneva, Amsterdam, Dusseldorf, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Strasbourg, Munich, Vienna, Rome, Palermo, Marseille, Alger, Tunis, Tripoli, Casablanca, Benghazi, Cairo, Beirut, Damascus, Kuwait, Dubai, Jeddah, Nouakchott, Dakar, Bamako and Abidjan.
Tunisair is the flag carrier and largest airline in Tunisia, and in 2016 the airline operated half of all seats flown to and from the North Africa nation according to OAG schedules.
The airline has a fleet of 26 aircraft when looking made-up of: three A319s; 13 A320s; two A330-200s; seven 737-600s; and one 737-700. It also shows that the airlines has an order for one CRJ 900, two ATR 72-500s and one ATR 72-200, suggesting that the airline’s future markets will be closer to home. Between January and August last year, Tunisair carried just over two million passengers.
Traffic has grown 7.5% from just under 1.89 million. With this traffic increase, 2016 is shaping up to be the first year since 2012 where passenger numbers have grown, with statistics from the airline’s website showing that it carried 20% more passengers in 2012 than the sum transported in 2011.
For destinations within Tunisia, Europe and North Africa, Tunisair allows its passengers in economy class 1 piece of baggage of up to 23 kg and in business class 2 pieces of baggage.
For destinations in Middle East and West Africa, passengers in economy class are entitled to 2 pieces of baggage of up to 23 kg and business class passengers are entitled to 3 pieces of baggage of up to 23 kg.
Passengers are entitled to 1 piece of carry-on baggage in economy class and 2 pieces of carry-on baggage in Business Class.
Frequent Flyer Program
Tunisair operates a frequent flyer program called Fidelys which rewards regular passengers with Tunisair.
The program aims at rewarding passengers by allocating Miles at a compensation for flying with Tunisair.
Fidelys also enables them to benefit from a wide range of advantages and exclusive Awards.
There are three levels of loyalty program for Fidelys: Classic Card, Silver Card and Gold Card.
Tunisair reported a 7.4% growth in commercial activity by the Q3 of 2016. July 2016 grew by 25.9% compared to July 2015, result of the operation expansion carried in the last months, which consisted of new routes and increased frequency of existing flights. However Tunisair's growth is opposite to local market behaviour, as air navigation in Tunisian airports decreased by 9.4% in the last year. Passenger increase of the airline grew by 9.4%, and additional traffic increased in almost twice as passengers.
Tunisair was the first Airbus A319 customer in the Arab World and Africa when it purchades Three units in 1997 along with four Airbus A320s. By the beginning of the century the fleet consisted of seven Boeing 737s, three Airbus A319s and four Airbus 320s. From then on the company has purchased several second hand aircrafts and recently in 2008 made a huge purchase of 16 Airbus aircrafts.
Tunisiair resumed its flights to and from Moscow in July 2016. Tunisia has become one of the most important entry routes to Africa, and a gateway to North Africa. During April and May of 2016, Sheremetyevo passenger traffic flow has increased by 2.5 times in contrast to the same period in 2014. In 2014 and 2015 Sheremetyevo came second in punctuality of flights in the category of medium airports.
Tunisair has multiple existing cooperation agreements and commercial partners. A recent one worth mentioning is with Algerian Air Algerie. By this deal, carriers will receive benefits that include shared aircraft maintenance expenses, flight operations, joint purchasing and staff training. This economy of scale will help the finances of both carriers and as a result help allocate funds for other activities as expansion or fleet improvement. They will also cooperate in flight scheduling, passenger and cargo commercial agreement and IT expenses. In October 2016, Tunisair announced it would not reposition itself as the Group's Low Cost Carrier despite initial plans to do so. In November 2016, Tunisair stated passengers increased 8.6% year-on-year to 2.6 million during the first 10 months of 2016. Passenger load factor increased 2.1 ppts to 70.4% during the period.
Tunisair eyes charter flights for next year
Tunisair’s UK boss has confirmed the carrier is working on launching charter flights from a number of British airports to destinations throughout Tunisia in time for next summer. The UK Foreign Office amended its travel advice for Tunisia on July 26, no longer advising against travel to most of the country. It enables holidaymakers to return to areas including tourist resorts such as Sousse, where 30 British holidaymakers were killed in a terror attack in 2015. Tunisair is currently the only carrier flying direct from the UK to the North African country. Zakaria Fathallah, director for UK & Ireland, told TTG there was “a big probability” more flights could begin “from April or May 2018 from Gatwick and other regional UK airports to any Tunisia airport”. Fathallah named Enfidha and Monastir – both near to Sousse – as possible destinations for the charter flights, adding that the services could run once or twice per week, and that the Tunisian flag-carrier is also considering using larger aircraft on the UK-Tunisia routes it currently operates. He added that Tunisair would be open to working with Thomas Cook and Tui “if they need aircraft to Tunisia”, and is planning to run tour operator roadshows in the new year. However, Fathallah maintained that there would be no decision on a potential summer 2018 charter programme before trade show WTM London in November: “There are a lot of conditions to consider and it is too early to confirm anything yet.”
Tunisair annunced passenger traffic is up 23% in July 2017
Tunisair passenger numbers increased 22.7% year-on-year to 384,272 in Jul-2017. Load factor increased from 70.6% in Jul-2016 to 76.5% in Jul-2017. The European market grew 5.9% and accounted for 75.8% of total traffic. The African market grew 26.4% to account for 14.1% of the total. North America (Montreal) traffic increased by 56.3% and made up 1.84% of the total. Other markets grew 19.1% and made up 8.2% of the total.
Tunisair annunced it was to resume regular flights Sfax-Paris from 30th October 2017.
Tunisair regional representative Issam Kchaou said Tunisair will operate three flights a week (every Monday, Wednesday and Friday), recalling that the company only provided one or two flights a week before suspending its activities in October 2013. The new air service will replace the flight currently scheduled by Tunisair Express (subsidiary of Tunisair), while offering preferential and promotional rates, knowing that the capacity (passengers) will increase from 87 to 126 seats, according to the same source. The flight from Thyna-Sfax airport will be made at 7 am and the return time is set at 8:25 pm on the same day.
Tunisair announced it was renewing its fleet of rolling stock as part of its new commercial policy aimed at promoting its freight activity and in order to best meet its customers’ expectations in terms of quality of service provided, security and safety. Tunisair’s additional investment program for 2017 also includes the reception of four additional tractors and four lifts, as well as a volume and weight detection device.
Tunisair signed a partnership agreement with Tunisia Africa Business Council (TABC)
The Tunisair CEO welcomed this agreement and stressed the commitment of the national company to continue to work towards the rapprochement of Tunisia with Africa, especially Sub-Saharan Africa. Tunisair, whose current network includes 10 African cities, intends to launch several new services in order to develop its connection traffic via its Tunis hub. The company will launch its first Tunis-Conakry flight with a frequency of two weekly flights to the Guinean capital. In addition, the line to Cotonou (Benin) will be launched before the end of the current year. This link will operate 2 flights per week via Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).
In March 2017, Tunisair announed that it was starting to see a traffic resurgence after years of decline. Tunisair is the flag carrier and largest airline in Tunisia, and in 2016 the airline operated half of all seats flown to and from the North Africa nation. It has a fleet of 26 aircraft when looking at ch-aviation data, made-up of: three A319s; 13 A320s; two A330-200s; seven 737-600s; and one 737-700. It also shows that the airlines has an order for one CRJ 900, two ATR 72-500s and one ATR 72-200, suggesting that the airline’s future markets will be closer to home. Between January and August last year, Tunisair carried just over two million passengers. When we compare that eight-month period with the same one in 2015, traffic has grown 7.5% from just under 1.89 million. With this traffic increase, 2016 is shaping up to be the first year since 2012 where passenger numbers have grown, with statistics from the airline’s website showing that it carried 20% more passengers in 2012 than the sum transported in 2011.
In April 2017, Tunisair announced it will wet-lease a B737-400 from Lithuanian ACMI/Charter operator Grand Cru Airlines. LY-CGC (msn 23870) was deployed into service on April 13 and has since been used on flights from Tunis to each of Lyon St. Exupéry and Cairo Int'l. The majority state-owned Tunisian carrier's narrowbody fleet currently entails four A319-100s, seventeen A320-200s, and seven B737-600s used on regional North African and Continental European operations as well as flights to Saudi Arabia.
May 2017 - Tunisair is set to boost cooperation with Mauritania Airlines International following consultative talks between company representatives in Tunis last week.
A press release to the Tunis Afrique Presse agency says the two carriers discussed opportunities for the development of trade relations in several areas including the conclusion of commercial tariff agreements as well as cooperation in the field of aircraft leasing and aeronautical medicine. The two carriers will also cooperate on route and network development while coordinating their respective flight schedules.
Tunisair has a history of cooperation with the Mauritanians. Up until 2010, it owned a 51% stake in MAI's predecessor, the now defunct Mauritania Airways
For its part, MAI operates 2 B737-500s, 1 B737-700, 1 B737-800, and 1 ERJ-145 on scheduled flights to Nouadhibou and Zouerate locally and Abidjan, Bamako, Casablanca Int'l, Conakry, Dakar, and Tunis regionally. Though it is one of the few African carriers to have been removed from Europe's blacklist, its European network consists only of flights to Las Palmas in the Canary Islands. In April 2017, Tunisair announced a five-year digital services agreement with Jeppesen, a Boeing Company. Jeppesen will provide Tunisair with FliteDeck Pro electronic flight bag (EFB) on iPad, tailored charting services and OpsData aircraft performance management tools. Jeppesen OpsData will provide Tunisair with on demand aircraft performance analysis for their mixed Boeing and Airbus fleet to enhance flight efficiency. The use of FliteDeck Pro on iPad will increase situational awareness for Tunisair, using real-time, data driven flight information. FliteDeck Pro also significantly reduces flight preparation time and overall pilot workload.
In June 2017, Tunisair announced a component MRO Contract with Tunisair Technics. The multi-component repair agreement with one of North Africa’s leading airlines, covers over 300 part numbers, and ensures that high quality repairs will enable the airline to continue to fly safely and on time. AJW Technique, AJW’s MRO facility based in Montreal, will continuously analyse component and sub-component reliability data against the specific flight characteristics of the operator to deliver the optimum support programme throughout the term. The agreement will be the second major support contract for the North African region, where AJW Technique’s expertise has been rapidly recognised as at the forefront of the industry offering.
In June 2017, Tunisair Express announced a total of 136,484 seats for the 2017 summer season on the Djerba line (an average of 115 seats per day), with a 73% increase over the capacity put in place during the summer of 2016 and 45% compared to the summer of 2015. Tunisair Express will operate at an average of 6 flights per day between Tunis and Djerba, thanks to the operation of a 130-seat aircraft in addition to its fleet.
In June 2017, Tunisair announced the intention of opening a direct line linking Tunisia and Cameroon. The Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui also invited local investors to discover opportunities for cooperation and partnership with their Tunisian counterparts, underlining the Tunisian government's desire to ensure an entrepreneurial climate encouraging investment.
Tunis-Cathage International Airport
Tunis-Carthage International Airport is the airport with international scheduled flights for the city of Tunis in Tunisia. The airport stands as a hub for Syphax Airlines, TunisAir Express and Nouvelair, in addition to Tunisair. The airport is named after the historical wonder of city that was Carthage. The airport sees an annual traffic of four million passengers every year.
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Tunisair is the National Flag Carrier of Tunisa.
Tunisair Flights Based at Tunis-Carthage International Airport is a well-established scheduled service and charter carrier. Tunisair operate flights to Algiers, Oran, Cairo, Benghazi, Tripoli, Casablanca, Djerba, Gafsa, Monastir, Sfax, Tabarka, Tozeur, Tunis, Abidjan, Bamako, Nouakchott, Dakar, Beirut, Amman, Jeddah, Damascus, Dubai, Vienna, Linz, Brussels, Bordeaux, Lyon, Marseille Nice, Paris, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Berlin, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Athens, Budapest, Milan, Palermo, Rome, Luxemburg, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Lisbon, Bucharest, Belgrade, Barcelona, Madrid, Geneva, Zurich, Istanbul, and London Heathrow.
Tunisair Flights to Tunis
With its home airport named after the Phoenician city of Carthage, Tunisair represents the small, by African standards, country of Tunisia in a way that all Tunisians should be proud. Modern, efficient, friendly and punctual Tunisair carries mainly holidaymakers to a land which is forty percent Saharan desert but which once spawned the mighty Hannibal. Monastir is the airport nearest most of the Tourist centres and Djerba is a popular tourist destination on a Mediterranean island in the south of the country.
Tunisair operates a mixed Airbus/Boeing fleet of 18 Airbus and 11 Boeing 737 aircraft. Orders have also been placed for a further six Airbus’
Tunisair - New Flights to Prague from Tunis On 17 May 2016, Tunisair began operations from Tunis, Tunisia to Prague, Czech Republic.
Merger for Tunisair Express with Tunisair Tunisair Express's operations suffered from excessive delays brought on by a shortage of reliable aircraft.
Tunisair Boost Seat Capacity On Tunis-Marseille Flights Tunisair have increased the number of seats available on their Tunis - Marseille route following the cessation of flights by "Air Méditerranée".
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