I’m always fascinated by new airlines, and it looks like a new airline will be launching shortly in Benghazi, Libya. Let’s take a look at what we know so far about the airline.
Berniq Airways, Benghazi’s new airline
Berniq Airways is a new Libyan airline that will be based in Benghazi. The airline was founded in February 2019, and is privately owned, with the Bank of Commerce and Development owning 40% of the company.
The airline was supposed to launch operations in May 2020, but given the current pandemic, they have delayed launch of service. The airline does already have a legitimate office, at least one plane, and flight attendant uniforms, it would appear.
— M.LNA (@LNA2019M) February 29, 2020
Berniq Airways fleet
Berniq Airways will initially operate a fleet of three Airbus A320 aircraft. Either these are the most comfortably configured A320s ever, or the airline actually has more than 90-110 seats on these planes. 😉
Berniq Airways destinations
While flights aren’t yet on sale, Berniq Airways’ website suggests that the airline will operate flights to the following destinations:
- Alexandria, Egypt
- Amman, Jordan
- Istanbul, Turkey
- Tunis, Tunisia
Berniq Airways marketing
Berniq Airways promises that service will be “second to none,” and the airline has the motto
“but Hillary’s emails!” “we will do things others do but we do them better.” That doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue… they may want to work on that a bit.
I’m not sure I’ll be flying Berniq Airways anytime soon, and for that matter I’m not sure they’ll be flying anytime soon either. But it is cool to see new airlines starting up, and this will be one I’ll keep an eye on over the coming years.
The airline sounds reasonably legitimate to me, even if their website isn’t great. Then again, you never really know nowadays until the inaugural flight takes off.