Société Tunisienne de l’Air, or Tunisair (Arabic: الخطوط التونسية) is the flag carrier airline of Tunisia. Formed in 1948, it operates scheduled international services to European, African and Middle Eastern destinations. Its main base is Tunis-Carthage International Airport. The airline’s head office is in Tunis, near Tunis Airport.
Tunisair is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization. In 1948, the Tunisian government reached an agreement with Air France and Tunisair was created. It started operations in 1949. By 1957, the number of shares held by Air France were decreased and the Tunisian government became the largest shareholder in Tunisair. In its early years of operation, the title used on its aircraft was Tunis Air. On 21 October 1998, Tunisair celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of its creation, and beginning to retire their Boeing 727s. In 1999, Tunisair and Air France signed an agreement to form an alliance. That agreement was set to end on 4 January 2010. Tunisair’s head office is located on Route X near Tunis-Carthage Airport in Tunis. When the company first started in 1948, its head office was at 1 Rue d’Athènes in Tunis. In August 1972 the airline moved to 113 Avenue de la Liberté to accommodate the employees of Tunisair’s main departments. In November 1991 the airline moved to its current head office.
Tunisair flies to destinations across Africa, Asia and Europe. Its main base is Tunis-Carthage International Airport.