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Khalifa Airways

Khalifa Airways was a passenger and cargo airline based in Algiers, Algeria and founded in June 1999.

In October 2002 Boeing announced agreement on the lease of 2 Boeing 777-200 aircraft to Khalifa Airways to be delivered in late 2002 for use on routes from Algeria to African, European and transatlantic destinations. It is assumed these leases never took place.

However, Khalifa Airways had stopped most flying by mid-March 2003 after it failed to meet lease payments. In the Arab press in March 2003 it was reported that Khalifa Airways was only operating "a dozen aircraft at the most" out of the 30 it previously had in its fleet.Lufthansa and Pegasus (4 Boeing 737s) reclaimed their aircraft, and aircraft on order were cancelled. The Bank of Algeria had appointed an administrator to manage the affairs of Khalifa Bank (also owned by Abdelmoumene Rafik Khalifa), thus denying funds to the airline to meet lease payments and insurance. By April 2003 the remaining last 8 aircraft were grounded as insurance contracts expired.

Khalifa Airways had stopped most flying by mid-March 2003 after it failed to meet lease payments. In the Arab press that month it was reported that the airline was only operating "a dozen aircraft at the most," out of the 30 it previously had in its fleet. Lufthansa and Pegasus (4 Boeing 737s) reclaimed their leased aircraft, and aircraft on order were cancelled. The Bank of Algeria had appointed an administrator to manage the affairs of Khalifa Bank (also owned by Abdelmoumene Rafik Khalifa), thus denying funds to the airline to meet lease and insurance payments. By April 2003, the 8 remaining aircraft were grounded as insurance contracts expired. The airline was liquidated by a French court on 10 July 2003 after it failed to make a 5 million Euro payment to creditors.

Khalifa Airways is also known for having been the sponsor of the Olympique de Marseille from 2001 to 2003.

On March 22, 2007, the International Herald Tribune reported that the company's founder had been convicted in absentia and sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the 2003 failure of Khalifa Bank and associated companies, including Khalifa Airways

Services

    * Algiers-Amman-Dubai.
    * Algiers-Barcelona.
    * Algiers-Basle/Mulhouse.
    * Algiers-Beijing (in project)
    * Algiers-Lahore
    * Algiers-Johannesburg.
    * Algiers-Karachi
    * Algiers-London
    * Algiers-Peshawer
    * Algiers-Madrid.
    * Algiers-Marseille.
    * Algiers-Mumbai (in project).
    * Algiers-Moroni.
    * Algiers-New York-Montreal (in project).
    * Algiers-Nantes.
    * Algiers-Islamabad
    * Algiers-New York-Toronto.
    * Algiers-Paris.
    * Algiers-Seoul.
    * Algiers-Tokyo (in project).
    * Algiers-Tripoli.
    * Algiers-Tunis




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