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|Hubs||Tunis-Carthage International Airport|
|Airport lounge||Espace Previlige|
|Fleet size||35 (+10 orders)|
|Destinations||66 airports (65 cities)|
|Key people||Rabah Jerad (CEO)|
Société Tunisienne de l'Air, or Tunisair (Arabic: الخطوط التونسية) is the flag carrier airline of Tunisia. Formed in 1948, it operates scheduled international services to European, African and Middle Eastern destinations. Its main base is Tunis-Carthage International Airport. The airline's head office is in Tunis, near Tunis Airport.1
Tunisair is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
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In 1948, the Tunisian government reached an agreement with Air France and Tunisair was created. It started operations in 1949. By 1957, the number of shares held by Air France were decreased and the Tunisian government became the largest shareholder in Tunisair. In its early years of operation, the title used on its aircraft was Tunis Air.
The first jet-powered equipment was added in 1961 when the twin-engined Sud Caravelle was introduced to the fleet. The first of Tunisair's higher capacity Boeing 727 tri-jets was delivered in February 1972.
By 1990, 2 Airbus A320 aircraft were added to its fleet. During 1993-1998, Tunisair began to expand its services across Europe by starting flights to Prague, Budapest, Warsaw, Bratislava, Lisbon, Linz, Salzburg, Graz, Moscow, Beirut and Stockholm. Only Beirut and Stockholm are served by regular scheduled flights, Lisbon is seasonal. The rest are served by charter flights. The Moscow flight has been discontinued, even in charter.
On 21 October 1998, Tunisair celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its creation, and beginning to retire their Boeing 727s.
In 1999, Tunisair and Air France signed an agreement to form an alliance. That agreement was set to end on 4 January 2010.
The Tunisair fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of June 2013):2
|Airbus A300-600||3||0||28||235||263||To be phased out when A330s enter service3|
Tunisair's head office is located on Route X near Tunis-Carthage Airport in Tunis.4 When the company first started in 1948, its head office was at 1 Rue d'Athènes in Tunis.5 In August 1972 the airline moved to 113 Avenue de la Liberté to accommodate the employees of Tunisair's main departments.6 In November 1991 the airline moved to its current head office.7
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