(Somalicurrent)- Somalia’s Federal Government began preparations to relaunch the national carrier -Somali Airlines-, after 22 years of absence from the air.
Somali Airline stopped operation in 1991 after the outbreak of the civil war in the country, but the carrier will resume its operations the end of next year, Somali Current can reveal.
Sources with in the government confirmed that the carrier will begin operations with four new airplanes.
One of the four planes, which is Boeing 737/400 cargo airliner purchased by Somali Government from SAMair, Slovakian company, is scheduled to be transferred from Budapest to Mogadishu the end of December.
The plane has painted into the Somali Airlines’ distinctive colours ahead of its delivery to the capital.
Somali Airline began operations in July 1964, in co-ownership deal by Somalia and Alitalia – the national airline of Italy, but it became fully state-owned company in 1977.
The Somali government has several times reiterated its commitment to revive the national carrier, Somali Airlines, after long absence.
Somali Airlines was established in 1964 and offered flights to both local and international destinations, but it discontinued operations when the civil war erupted in the country.