The privately-owned Albanian company became the country’s first airline and national carrier in May 1992, when established through a joint venture between Albtransport, the state-owned road transport company and Tyrolean Airways. The company lay dormant for over a year after Tyrolean withdrew in August 1994, but was relaunched, initially under Kuwaiti private ownership, in October 2005. Albanian seems to have been taken completely by surprise on 10 November 2011 when the Albanian Civil Aviation Authority revoked its AOC. The carrier has publicly questioned the motives behind the ACAA decision, which came just four months after it had granted the carrier a new 15-month AOC. Albanian has stated that it will contest the ACAA’s action and work to have its AOC restored.
Wed, Nov 16 2011 10:51 AM
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