PICTURE: Afriqiyah Airways unveils new livery

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Libyan flag carrier Afriqiyah Airways unveiled its new livery at an event in the Rixos Al Nasr Hotel, Tripoli on 19 December.

The new design features a white fuselage and black tailfin adorned with three blue stripes, representing the neck markings of the Turtle Dove.

A migratory bird distributed across Europe, North Africa and Asia, the Turtle Dove is regarded as a universal symbol for love and devotion.

Afriqiyah's former livery carried the 9.9.99 logo on its tailfin, referencing the date of the Sirte Declaration that established the African Union.

Although excluded from EU airspace under a voluntary ban, the airline hopes to resume European services in January 2013. It will initially target direct flights to Paris, Rome, London and Manchester.

The flag carrier already flies to London Gatwick airport with an Airbus A320 (MSN 741) wet leased from Air Moldova.