|Founded||4 March 1998|
|Commenced operations||8 April 1999|
|Operating bases||Houari Boumedienne Airport|
|Key people||Sidahmed Tazka |
(Interim Managing Director)
Tassili Airlines (Arabic: طيران الطاسيلي) is an Algerian passenger airline, based in Algiers, 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.
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, since when it has continued its expansion of regional and international routes.
The airline is state-owned, being 100% owned by Sonatrach, the national state-owned oil company of Algeria.
The annual accounts of the state-owned Tassili Airlines do not seem to have been published. A few recently available figures (largely from AFRAA reports) are shown below (for years ending 31 December):
|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||15||15|
As of December 2015, Tassili Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:
The Tassili Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2019):
|Bombardier Dash 8-Q200||4||1||37|
|Bombardier Dash 8-Q400||4||1||74|
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.