“Syphax Airlines” the new airline based in Sfax-Thyna Airport, announced, Wednesday, the signing of a contract for the purchase of two Airbus A319, for a total sum of $ 55 million (82.5 million dinars), to form the fleet of the company ahead of its launch.
“Syphax Airlines” said in a statement, it will be able to begin operations in March 2012, two months ahead of the date originally announced in May 2012, following the purchase of these two aircraft, the acquisition of its information and booking system with the American firm “Radixx” the development of technical, commercial and operational structures and recruitment of the majority of its crews and commercials.
The first aircraft will arrive on the tarmac of the airport of Sfax Thyna February 29, 2012 and is named “Karama ‘(dignity), referring to the Revolution in Tunisia. The second aircraft will arrive March 14, 2012, Sfax and will carry the symbolic name of “Hurria” (freedom). These two Airbus A319s will each have a capacity of 150 seats.
The contract was signed Tuesday at the Ministry of Transport by Mohamed Frikha, President and CEO of Syphax Airlines and officials of the German supplier “Flight Wölbern Invest Gmbh & Co.”
“Syphax Airlines” is a limited company whose capital is 10 million dinars. The company had announced the creation of 150 jobs, 80% of which among university graduates.
It will specialize mainly in international flights with eight daily flights from Sfax Thyna International Airport bound for several cities in France, Italy, Belgium, Libya, Turkey and Morocco.