Afriqiyah Airways arrives earlier than expected

Introduces first flight to Dhaka and Libya!

Flies its second A330 to Manila on July 17
March 13, 2009

Tripoli- Libyan Airline, Afriqiyah Airways, can no longer afford to wait its aircraft delivery as it fast tracked its launch date for Manila service by introducing flight as early as July 17 this year.

The twice weekly flight was supposed to start in September with the arrival of the third A330 as it hopes to fly 4 flights per week direct, but the need for skilled migrant workers from the Philippines for Libya's reconstruction necessitated its expediency said Capt. Sabri Shadi, Afriqiyah Airways President and Chairman.

Manila will be the second long distance route after Johannesburg that will be served by its first A330. It will now have a stop over in Dhaka after it was initially announced to have a stop over in Dubai with the hope of transporting Filipino OFW home. The airline has 5th freedom rights to fly Filipinos out of Dubai. It will eventually fly direct when the third arrive in September.

Filipino workers have been listed as “priority recruits” for a $765-million (about P40 billion) construction project in Tripoli following a bilateral agreement signed by President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Libyan leader Muammar Gadafi in 2006.

There are more than 8,000 legally documented migrant workers in Libya according to DFA working in the construction, medical, and tourism sectors. Official estimates for undocumented ones could easily reach 40,000 as of 2009.

A new Bilateral Air Services Agreement has been negotiated recently between CAB and its Civil Aviation counterpart in Libya paving the way for its flight service.

The first new route to be inaugurated will be Tripoli to Johannesburg where there will be two flights per week and then it will go to Manila afterwards. The next cities to see the new A330 will be thrice-weekly service to both Brazzaville and Kinshasa starting Sept. 7 and three weekly flights to both Beijing and Guangzhou will begin in Oct. 3.

Afriqiyah will take delivery of its first A330-200 in May for routes to Europe particularly London and Paris in June 3 and for Manila and Johannesburg on the second aircraft. Its GE's CF6-80E1 powered engine Airbus A330 aircraft will arrive in the last week of May 2009.

The airline currently operates an all Airbus fleet of A319/320’s and A340. Afriqiyah Airways is 100 percent controlled by the Libyan government.

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