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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 2001. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
IMMEUBLE MAGHREBIA, TOUR A
TROISEME ETAGE, RUE DE L'ARTISANAT, CHARGURIA II
2035 TUNIS CARTHAGE, TUNISIA
TUNISIA (REPUBLIC OF TUNISIA) WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1956 AND COVERS AN AREA OF 163,610 SQ KM. THE POPULATION IS 9 MILLION. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC. THE CAPITAL CITY IS TUNIS.
NOVEMBER 2001: FORMED BY A LOCAL HOTEL GROUP, WHO PLAN TO INITIATE OPERATIONS BY SPRING 2002, WITH 2 LEASED 737-300'S. TO OPERATE EXCLUSIVELY FROM THE ISLAND OF DJERBA TO THE MAIN EUROPEAN TOURIST-ORIGINATING AIRPORTS. DJERBA IS SEEN AS A NICHE MARKET WITH COMPETITION COMING FROM EUROPEAN-BASED CHARTER AIRLINES, RATHER THAN THE DOMESTIC TUNISAIR (TUN), AND NOUVELAIR (NOU), WHO FLY MAINLY FROM TUNIS, AND MONASTIR.
FEBRUARY 2002: (CORPORATE TELEPHONE: (216) 7180-1074).
(CORPORATE FAX: (216) 7180-1714).
2 737-33A'S (25010; 25032), EX-VIRGIN EXPRESS (EBA), ANSETT (AWW) LEASED. MAINTENANCE WILL BE DONE BY TUNISAIR (TUN).
APRIL 2002: (TELEPHONE: +216 (1) 801 074). (FAX: +216 (1) 792 966).
OWNERS: KARTHAGO GROUP (58%); BANKS, INSURERS & TOUR TRADE INVESTORS (42%).
MAY 2002: PLANS TO HAVE 4 AIRPLANES IN SERVICE BY 2003, & 120 EMPLOYEES.
January 2003: Agreement with tour operator, Nouvelle Frontieres to carry some 54,000 passengers to Djerba, Monastir, and Tunis, from Lyon, Nantes, and Paris.
March 2003: 1 737-3Q8 (26309), ex-Continental (CAL), Ansett Worldwide (AWW) leased.
April 2003: (Telephone: +216 (71) 94 01 32).
(FAX: +216 (71) 94 19 01).
May 2003: 737-33A (1955-24790, TS-IEE), Ansett Worldwide (AWW) medium-term leased, 148Y.
April 2004: A320-211 (234, JY-JAR), Air Aqaba (JOR) wet-leased.
April 2005: 120 employees.
May 2005: 737-322 (24655, TS-IEJ), ex-United Airlines (UAL), Wilmington Trust leased.
June 2005: 737-31S (29116, TS-IEG), ex-dba (DBA), Deutsche Structured Finance leased.
February 2006: KoralBlue (KBL), a new Egyptian airline, 75% owned by the owner of Tunisian Karthago Airlines (KAG), is planning to launch operations in May. The airline is looking to operate flights from Egyptian resorts such as Hurghada and Sharm El Sheik to destinations in Europe. Koral (KBL) could use some of Karthago (KAG)'s 737-300s and is looking at possibly leasing a pair of A320s.
September 2006: French slot coordinator (COHOR) said it reallocated a pool of 2,460 slots at Paris Orly (ORY) to Air Berlin (BER), Elysair and Karthago Airlines (KAG) on an annual basis. The pool includes slots reserved for Public Service Obligations, especially the route to Epinal, that were returned by French authorities. It also includes slots made available for reallocation by other carriers, including Corsairfly (COR). (BER) benefited from its new-entrant status and received 1,248 slots for 12-times-weekly flights to Dusseldorf. Business class (C) carrier Elysair was allocated 624 slots for six-times-weekly service to Newark and Karthago (KAG) received 588 slots for flights to Tunisia.
April 2008: Karthago Airlines (KAG) is a privately owned charter airline operating between Tunisia and Europe.
(IATA) Code: 5R. (ICAO) Code: KAJ (Callsign - KARTHAGO).
Parent organization/shareholders: Karthago Group (58%); & banks, insurers, and tour trade investors (42%).
Subsidiary: KoralBlue (KBL).
Main Base: Djerba Airport (DJE).
Hubs: Monastir Habib Bourguiba Airport (MIR), & Tunis Carthage International airport (TUN).
International, scheduled destination: Moscow.
November 2008: Nouvelair (NOU) and Karthago Airlines (KAG) have pooled their resources in what has been termed a "merger." However, the move will result in Karthago (KAG) becoming a wholly-owned subsidiary of NouvelAir (NOU).
Tunisian Transport Minister, Abderrahim Zouari formally revealed the plan in October at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Tunis.
FOR FUTURE REFERENCE, SEE (NOU).