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Airlines

Name: SYPHAX AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: SYA
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: AFRICA
City: TUNIS CARTHAGE
Country: TUNISIA
Employees 127
Web: flysyphax.com
Email: info@syphaxairlines.com
Telephone: +216-74-682-400
Fax: +216-74-682-402
Sita:
Background
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Click below for data links:
SYA-2013-06 - 1st A330-243
SYA-2014-04-TO MONTREAL
SYA-2014-06 - UPDATE-A
SYA-2014-06 - UPDATE-B
SYA-2014-06 - UPDATE-C
SYA-2014-06 - UPDATE-D
SYA-CABIN ATTENDANTS - 2014-06
SYA-ROUTE MAP - 2013-01
SYA-ROUTE MAP - 2014-06

Formed in 2011 and started operations in 2012. Scheduled & charter, domestic, regional & international, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.

Address:
Sfax Thyna International Airport (SFA)
Tunisia, Africa

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 IS TUNIS.

February 2012: Syphax Airlines (SYA) will launch scheduled operations from Sfax Thyna International airport (SFA) in Southern Tunisia later this spring with two ex-Air Berlin (BER) A319-100s. It plans to serve Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) from Sfax and Tunis Carthage International (TUN) as well as Casablanca Mohamed V International (CMN), Istanbul Atatürk/Yesilköy International (IST), Lyon St Exupéry (LYS), Marseilles Provence (MRS), Nice Côte d'Azur (NCE) and Tripoli International (TIP) airports.

April 2012: Tunisair (TUN) unions are criticizing the government which has allocated traffic rights to new start-up Syphax Airlines (SYA) allowing it to operate scheduled services from Tunis Carthage International (TUN) in competition with Tunisair (TUN). In addition, the unions have also threatened not to service (SYA) flights that are supposed to be ground handled by Tunisair (TUN) Handling at Djerba Zarzis International (DJE), Sfax Thyna International (SFA) and Tunis.

May 2012: Syphax Airlines (SYA) has at least temporarily suspended operations with its two A319-100s again on April 29 after major delays and flight cancellations caused by Tunisair (TUN) Handling employees refusing to check-in passengers and service its airplanes as previously threatened by unions.

June 2012: Syphax Airlines (SYA) (CEO), Mohamed Frikha told Tunisian press that (SYA) is planning to offer shares through an initial public offering (IPO) later this year. It plans to eventually add a third A319-100 later this year and an A320-200 by 2015.

December 2012: Syphax Airlines (SYA) operates out of a main base at Sfax Thyna Airport and hubs at Tunis Carthage International Airport (TUN) and Djerba Zarzis Airport and flies to Paris, Tripoli, and Istanbul.

(IATA) Code: FS. (ICAO) Code: SYA - (Callsign - SYPHAXAIR).

Company slogan: "Fly Smart."

Syphax Airlines (SYA) serves 4 countries, 8 destinations and 8 routes.

Main Base: Sfax Thyna International Airport, Sfax, Tunisia.

Hubs: Tunis-Carthage International Airport; and Djerba-Zarzis International Airport.

Destinations:

AFRICA:

* Casablanca - Mohammed V International Airport.

* Tripoli - Tripoli International Airport.

ASIA:

* Istanbul - Sabiha Gokcen International Airport.

* Jeddah - King Abdulaziz International Airport.

EUROPE:

* Lyon - Lyon-Saint Exupery Airport.

* Marseille - Marseille Provence Airport.

* Nice - Cote d'Azur Airport.

* Paris - Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

* Glasgow - Glasgow International Airport.

* London - London Gatwick Airport.

* Newcastle - Newcastle Airport.

Syphax airlines (SYA) also plans to open new routes to several destinations in North and South America, plus South Africa as well, when (SYA) receives the new A330 in April 2013.

January 2013: Syphax Airlines (SYA) has announced plans to lease a first A330-200 or A330-300 from April 2013 to launch long-haul services from Tunis Carthage International (TUN) to Canada and China according to press reports in Tunisia with the initial destinations likely to be Beijing Capital (PEK) and Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL) airports. It then plans to add a second A330 in 2014 with Brazil, South Africa and the USA also being considered as potential destination markets. (SYA) currently operates two A319-100s on international routes from Tunisia to France, Libya, and Turkey.

Syphax Airlines (SYA) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for six new A320 airplanes. The (MOU) covers three A320ceo and three A320neo airplanes. If converted, the order would be worth more than >$500 million at list prices.

(SFA) Chairman, Mohamed Frikha said (SFA) also wants to add options for a further four airplanes.

(SFA) has also placed an order for (CFM) International’s (LEAP-1A) (A320neo) and (CFM56-5B) engines (A320ceo) to power the new airplanes. The firm engine orders are valued at $145 million at list prices.

Exact delivery dates have not been confirmed, but are expected to begin in 2015 or 2016. A320neo airplane deliveries are expected to begin in 2019, according to (CFM).

Syphax operates a fleet of two leased (CFM56-5B)-powered A319s and plans to introduce five additional leased A320ceos over the next few years, according to (CFM).

Launched in 2011, Syphax Airlines (SYA) began operating in April last year. Based at Sfax Thyna Airport (SFA), it describes itself as the first private Tunisian “hybrid” airline. It also operates from a secondary hub at Tunis Carthage Airport and from Djerba Zarzis Airport. (SYA) flies to Paris, Tripoli, and Istanbul.

March 2013: Syphax Airlines (SYA) expanded its offering from Tunisian Sfax (SFA) with services to Casablanca (CMN) on 15 March. Twice-weekly flights are now offered by (SYA) on the 1,700 km route to Morocco.

(SYA) will add an ex-Emirates (EAD) A330-200 (348) to its fleet later this spring ahead of its planned launch of long-haul services. According to Tunisian press reports, Syphax (SYA) is considering routes to Beijing Capital (PEK) and Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL) from Tunis Carthage International (TUN) but no official plans have been made public as of yet.

May 2013: Syphax Airlines ((IATA) Code: FS, based at Sfax Thyna International airport (SFA)) (SYA) is planning to use its Initial Public Offering (IPO), due later this year, as a means of raising much needed capital to help support (SYA)'s ambitious regional and international expansion plans, company (CEO), Mohamed Frikha, has said. With 45.45% of the company up for grabs, Mr Frikha said that the investment was driven by rising confidence in Tunisia's rebounding economy. Once enough capital is raised, (SYA) plans to launch three weekly flights to the UK departing from Tunis Carthage International (TUN) and Sfax Thyna International (SFA), a daily flight to Italy and an "almost" daily flight to Germany, taking it head to head with local rival, Tunisair (TUN). Twice weekly flights to Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED) along with flights to Abidjan Felix Houphouet Boigny (ABJ) and Ouagadougou (OUA) are due in late 2013 with Beijing Capital (PEK) and even Tokyo Narita New Tokyo International (NRT) a possibility during the course of next year. North American operations will include once weekly flights to Montréal Pierre Elliott Trudeau International (YUL) and New York John F Kennedy International (JFK) with Rio de Janeiro Galeão Antônio Carlos Jobim International (GIG) also on the cards. (SYA) aims to make use of ideal geographic location to become a hub connecting the western hemisphere with the eastern. During the course of this year, Syphax (SYA) also plans to invest in a Dassault Aviation (Paris Le Bourget (LBG)) Falcon for use on charter operations.

(SYA) serves 4 countries, 6 destinations and 7 routes.

June 2013: Syphax Airlines (SYA) has provisionally committed to three A320neos and three A320ceos, Airbus (EDS) confirmed at the 2013 Paris Air Show in Paris Le Bourget. The agreement follows a meeting of the Tunisia - European Union (EU) Economic Advisory Council in Dar Dhiafa, Carthage, in January, in which two contracts worth $600 million/TND 900 million were inked involving the six airplanes along with four options. Delivery of the first A320ceo is due in 2015, while the A320neo are scheduled to begin delivery in 2019. According to "The African Aviation Tribune," as part of the deal, Airbus (EDS) is to set up a design and production facility in Tunisia specializing in aerospace electronic systems.

A330-243 (0345, TS-IRA - - SEE PHOTO - - "SYA-A330-243 - 2013-06"), ex-(F-WJKG), delivery.

July 2013: Livingston Air ((IATA) Code: JN, based at Milan Malpensa) (LDI) has, since late June, been leasing out one of its five A320-232s, (2210, EI-EUA), to Syphax Airlines (SYA). The addition takes (SYA)'s summer fleet signings to three with an A320-232 (2645, SP-ACK), from Bingo Airways ((IATA) Code: BGY, based at Warsaw Chopin) (BIN) and another, (258, 9A-CTF) from Croatia Airlines ((IATA) Code: OU, based at Zagreb) (CRH) having already begun operations earlier on.

(SYA) has confirmed its order with Airbus Industrie (EDS) to buy three A320neo and three A320ceo, having signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) regarding the deal at lat month's 2013 Paris Air Show. Powered by (CFM) engines, the airline will take delivery of its first A320ceo in 2015, while the first new A320neo aircraft are scheduled to arrive in 2019.

August 2013: Syphax (SYA) has at long last been granted authorization to use its A330-200, TS-IRA (345, TS-IRA) by the Tunisian authorities (Office de l'Aviation Civile et des aéroports de Tunisie - (OACA)) following weeks of costly inactivity in Tunis where it has been undergoing scrutinization checks. "BusinessNews Tunisia" states the delays, related to the airplane's maintenance plan, have since been resolved, with Tunisair (TUN) Technics to now be responsible for the airplane's maintenance, while operational checks, and storage of spare parts will be provided by AirFrance Industries (AFI) as initially agreed. Syphax (SYA) Chairman, Mohammed Frikha had originally stated that he did not trust Tunisair (TUN) to cover (SYA)'s Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) requirements given the tense relations between the two airlines. The A330 will tentatively be deployed onto planned long-haul routes (Beijing Capital, Montréal Trudeau among others) in autumn of this year, though in the meantime, it will be used to service high demand routes on the airline's busy summer schedule.

Currently, Syphax serves 4 countries, 7 destinations and 8 routes.

November 2013: Syphax Airlines (SYA) grew its international offering last week with the launch of services from Tunis (TUN) to two Libyan cities on November 4th. Daily flights are now offered on the route to Tripoli (TIP) in competition with Tunis Air (TUN) (four times daily), Libyan Airlines (LAA) (twice-daily) and Afriqiyah Airlines (AQY) (ten weekly). In addition, four weekly services to Benghazi (BEN) commenced, competing against the same set of airlines, which provide respectively, thrice-daily, 10 times weekly and four times weekly services on the route. All flights are operated by Syphax Airlines (SYA) using narrow body Airbus (EDS) airplanes.

May 2014: Syphax Airlines (SYA), the private hybrid Tunisian carrier, grew its international offering with the addition of a new route from Tunis (TUN) to Montreal (YUL) on April 24th - - SEE ATTACHED - - "SYA-2014-04-TO MONTREAL." The 6,788 km sector to the largest city in the Canadian province of Quebec will be operated weekly (Fridays), utilizing (SYA)’s 278-seat A330-200s. (SYA)’s third route from Tunis, as it already flies to Paris CDG (daily) and Tripoli (five times weekly), will face no competition from other carriers.

June 2014: SEE ATTACHED - - "SYA-2014-06 - UPDATE-A/B/C/D."

August 2014: Syphax Airlines ((IATA) Code: FS, based at Sfax) (SYA) has been given the go-ahead to start Beijing Capital flights after the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) granted (SYA) the requisite traffic rights. While he had previously hoped to commence its maiden Far Eastern scheduled flights as early as November of this year, Syphax (SYA) (CEO), Mohamed Frika said the inaugural flights will now only likely launch early next year.

In anticipation of the launch, Syphax (SYA) will operate two promotional flights to Beijing and Guangzhou in October this year.

At present, the Tunisian airline (SYA) operates a largely Euro-centric route network with a single A330-200 plying its sole long haul route (a weekly, Tunis to Montréal Trudeau flight).

July 2015: News Item A-1: Syphax Airlines ((IATA) Code: FS) (SYA) has canceled an order for three A320-200s placed in mid 2013 in the face of stiff competition from local state-backed carrier Tunisair (TUN) and an uncertain tourist market hit hard by recent terror attacks.

Syphax Airlines (SYA) has announced the grounding of its A319-100 fleet effective July 30th. A company lawyer said (SYA) was experiencing "financial difficulties" and that flights had been "temporarily" suspended "until solutions are found."

(IATA) instructed airlines and travel agencies to stop doing business with Syphax (SYA) on July 29 after the Tunisian carrier was unable to settle its dues with the industry association.

August 2015: Syphax Airlines (SYA) has temporarily suspended all flights to and from Tunisia as of July 30, following the “sudden and surprising decision” by (IATA) to suspend it from the (IATA) Billing & Settlement Plan (BSP).

(IATA) said the Tunisian airline had been suspended from the (BSP) due to “non-compliance with the Passenger Agency Conference Resolutions concerning payment of outstanding overdue balances.”
(IATA) said it was “regrettable that we had to take this decision, which is in accordance with the rules established by (IATA) member airlines.”

On its website, (SYA) said it is doing all possible to minimize disruption, especially in view of the summer holiday season, and said it would keep passengers informed of developments.

September 2015: Syphax Airlines (SYA) is set to resume operations after it secured TND20 million/USD10.17 million in recapitalization funding. (CEO) Hatem Chabchoub told local media outlets that flights would recommence from September 17 onwards with service to Istanbul Atatürk as well as Umrah charters to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

(SYA) founder, Mohamed Frikha, who has already contributed TND27 million/USD13.87 million from his own resources, said part of the funds will be used to settle outstanding staff salaries as well as reimburse travelers whose flights were cancelled back in July.

(SYA) suspended operations in late July citing financial difficulties that had rendered it difficult to settle its debts. It subsequently parked its pair of A319-100s at Sfax.

Frikha has blamed his airline's woes on its perceived links with Tunisia's Ennahda Islamist movement, as well as the Libyan crisis, wherein a large proportion of its business emanated with Libyan businessmen.

October 2015: Tunisia's Syphax Airlines (SYA) has been put into judicial administration.


ACCORDING TO AIRLINER WORLD IN http://www.airlinerworld.com
IN 2015, SYPHAX AIRLINES WAS LISTED AS ONE OF THE AIRLINE FAILURES
ACCORDING TO THE GLOBAL AIRLINE GUIDE.

Fleet:
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Click below for photos:
SYA-A319-100 - 2013-01
SYA-A319-100 - 2013-05
SYA-A319-100 - 2014-08

October 2015:

2 +1 ORDER A319-112 (CFM56-5B) (3853, /09 TS-IEF, "KARAMA" (DIGNITY); 3872, /09 TS-IEG, "AL HORRIA" (FREEDOM)), EX-(BER)/(HAU) 2012-03, EX-(D-AHIN; & D-AHIO), 3853 REPAINTED INTO SPECIAL "TRANSPORTEUR OFFICIAL DES AIGLES DE CARTHAGE" TITLES 2013-06. 3872; LST (TAP) 2014-07. TWO CLASS, 8 TO 14 PREMIUM, 124 TO 150 ECONOMY.

0 ORDERS (2015-02) A320ceo (CFM56-5B) & 3 ORDERS (2019-02) A320neo (LEAP-1A) + 6 OPTIONS. 3 ORDERS CANCELED.

1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1/F) (258, /91 9A-CTF "RIJEKA"), EX-(F-OKAI), (CRH) LST (SYA) 2013-07. 164Y.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2210, /04 EI-EUA), (LDI) LST (SYA) 2013-07. 168CY.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2645 /06 SP-ACK), (BIN) LST (SYA) 2013-07. 174Y.

1 +1 ORDER A330-243 (0345, TS-IRA, 2013-06 "AL QODS" - - SEE PHOTO - - "SYA-A330-243 - 2013-06"; 0348), EX-(F-WJKG), EX-(EAD), (ILF) LSD, 28 PY; 250Y.

Management:
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Click below for photos:
SYA-1-MOHAMAD FRIKHA-C - 2014-06
SYA-1-MOHAMED FRIKHA-L-2014-06

MOHAMED FRIKHA, FOUNDER, & CHAIRMAN

HATEM CHABCHOUB, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).

 
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