Welcome to Albanian Airlines

Albanian Airlines was an airline based in Tirana, Albania. It operated scheduled international services until 11 November 2011. Its main hub was Tirana International Airport "Nënë Tereza".



The airline was established in May 1991 under the name of Arberia Airlines, and was the private airline of politicians for communist Albania. It was later renamed to Albanian Airlines in May 1992 and started open operations to the public on 20 June 1995. It was formed as a joint venture between the Albanian state-owned Albtransport and Tyrolean Airways of Austria flying a single Austrian registered, De Havilland Canada Dash 8 – 102 (MSN 242). Tyrolean opted out of the relationship in 1997, taking back the single Dash 8.


Albanian Airlines was privatised in the same year and sold to Kuwait-based M.A. Kharafi & Sons Group. As a result, it was restructured in 1997 when its operations were based on a single Airbus A320 aircraft leased from Shorouk Air of Egypt. By 2001 it operated a fleet of four Tupolev Tu-134aircraft on scheduled services from Tirana to Bologna, Frankfurt, Istanbul, Pristina, Rome and Zürich. In July 2001, Albanian Airlines started upgrading its fleet by gradually removing its Tupolev aircraft and acquired its first BAe 146.

Advanced Contruction Group

In August 2008, Albanian Airlines was purchased by the Advanced Construction Group (ACG) Sh.p.k. in Tirana, Albania, by the President Yahia Farwati, who purchased 100% of capital from the Kuwaiti-based M.A. Kharafi & Sons Group.With this investment came a new logo, addition of destinations, and an addition of aircraft to the existing fleet. On 9 October 2009, it was announced that Albanian Airlines would soon open new destinations to Paris, Amsterdam, Milan, Rome, Jeddah, Beijing and later the USA.



Albanian Airlines operated the following scheduled international services.


Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport


Peretola Airport


Malpensa Airport


Galileo Galilei Airport 


Orio al Serio Airport 


Atatürk International Airport


Fleet Details

In October 2011, the Albanian Airlines fleet consisted of the following aircraft with an average age of 22.5 years

ZA-ASA Albanian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82
ZA-ASA Albanian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82
ZA-ASA Albanian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82
ZA-ASA Albanian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82
ZA-ASA Albanian Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-82
PH-KXM Albanian Airlines Fokker F50
OE-LLI Albanian Airlines De Havilland Canada DHC-8-102 Dash 8
ZA-MAN Albanian Airlines British Aerospace 146-300
ZA-MAN Albanian Airlines British Aerospace 146-300


Albanian Airlines


Its mission is to offer a secure, efficient, qualitative, reliable and punctual air service.