Algeria’s government has approved the purchase of 15 new aircraft by Air Algérie, the country’s national carrier, as part of the airline’s fleet renewal and route extension ambitions.
Air Algérie announced plans to add long-haul aircraft models to its fleet and create additional routes to locations in Africa and Asia in a statement made on May 8, 2022.
In addition, ahead of the summer season, the Algerian government authorized Air Algérie’s new flying schedule.
“This program [is] to be published by executive decree,” the statement read.
According to statistics from Planespotters.com, Air Algérie now has a fleet of 55 aircraft with an average age of 14 years. Eight A330-200s, 25 B737-800s, two B737-700s, five B737-600s, and 15 ATR 72s make up its fleet.
According to Newsaero, the airline last updated its fleet in 2016 with the addition of eight Boeing 737 aircraft.
In 2020, the renewal effort was put on hold indefinitely because to the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to a report in the local publication The Maghreb Times, Air Algérie’s fleet replacement plan will cost 250 billion dinars ($1.7 billion). The revitalization plan is part of the airline’s reorganization, which will see the group split into separate entities.
This will include establishing “several subsidiaries dedicated to passenger transport” as well as “an entity dedicated to maintenance in partnership with foreign companies,” The Maghreb Times added.
Air Algérie now operates 75 routes throughout 28 countries, with 44 international and 35 domestic services.