Somali Airlines, the erstwhile flag-carrier of Somalia, and once one of the fastest growing airlines on the African continent post-independence is set for a major comeback in 2020.
According to the Somali Minister of Transport, the necessary legislation for the company is ready, while the important knowledge transfer to operate and maintain a fleet of planes is ongoing.
Somali Airlines was popularly known as the White Star Service, flying to and from major destinations in Europe, Asia, America and Africa. It was the first African carrier to have its pilots and ground crew entirely staffed by the country’s own nationals and maintained a working partnership with Lufthansa.
The Somali government plans for a joint-venture with the Somali business community and is looking to establish a new aviation hub for the Somali capital of Mogadishu, while expanding the current Aden Adde International Airport.
Somali Airlines Boeing 707-330B – Alan Lord