Tassili Airlines

Tassili Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
SF DTH Tassili Air
Founded 4 March 1998 (1998-03-04)
Commenced operations 8 April 1999 (1999-04-08)
Operating bases Houari Boumedienne Airport
Fleet size 12
Destinations 21
Parent company Sonatrach
Headquarters Algiers, Algeria
Key people Harchaoui Belkacem
Website www.tassiliairlines.aero

Tassili Airlines (Arabic: طيران الطاسيلي) is a passenger airline based in Algiers, Algeria. It provides scheduled services out of Houari Boumedienne Airport, as well as charter flights on behalf of the Algerian oil industry.[1]


Tassili Airlines was established in 1998 as a joint venture between Air Algérie (49%) and the Sonatrach company (51%). Commercial services were launched on 8 April 1999 with a flight from Hassi Messaoud to Algiers. In 2005 Air Algérie withdrew its funds in the airline, which thus became wholly owned by Sonatrach.

Scheduled destinations

As of December 2015, Tassili Airlines offers scheduled flights to the following destinations:[2]



The Tassili Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of August 2016):[6]

Tassili Airlines
Aircraft In Service Orders Passengers Notes
Boeing 737-800
Bombardier Dash 8-Q200
Bombardier Dash 8-Q400

Additionally, the airline owns several smaller aircraft of the types Beechcraft 1900, Cessna 208 Caravan and Pilatus PC-6, as well as Bell 206 helicopters.[7]

Incidents and accidents

  • On 28 January 2004 at around 21:00 local time, a Tassili Airlines Beechcraft 1900 (registered 7T-VIN) crashed 10 kilometres short of Ghardaïa Airport where it had been scheduled to land completing a chartered flight from Hassi R'Mel Airport. The pilot Mebarki Mohamed had to abort the landing approach because a preceding aircraft had not cleared the runway in time. During maneuvering for reaching the approach path again, the aircraft hit the ground with its right wing, which was subsequently torn off. Of the two passengers and three crew members on board, all but the co-pilot survived the crash.[8]
  • A Tassili Airlines Bell 206 was destroyed by impact and post impact fire when it crashed on an empty lot at Dekakna, about 5km southwest of Douera, Algeria on August 10, 2017. All four on board are believed to have died in the accident. The accident happened in daylight (1020L) and apparently in VMC. According to press reports the helicopter was being used to film the new railway line between Zeralda and Algiers.[9]


  1. "La Compagnie". Tassili Airlines (in French). Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  2. "Destinations". Tassili Airlines (in French). Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  3. http://www.aps.dz/economie/34300-tassili-airlines-lancera-mercredi-une-nouvelle-ligne-alger-tindouf
  4. "Tassili Airlines Adds New French Routes from June 2016". airlineroute. Retrieved 28 March 2016.
  5. Admin, TAL. "Paris CDG à compter du 11 Décembre". www.tassiliairlines.dz (in French). Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  6. "Global Airline Guide 2016 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2016): 4.
  7. Tassili Airlines fleet information at tassiliairlines.dz
  8. Ranter, Harro. "ASN Aircraft accident Beechcraft 1900D 7T-VIN Ghardaïa-Noumérat Airport (GHA)". aviation-safety.net. Retrieved 2017-09-15.
  9. FlightGlobal
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