Daallo Airlines is a Somali-owned airline based at Dubai Airport Free Zone in Al Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates.[1] With its main hub at the Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport, the airline operates scheduled services in the Horn of Africa and the Middle East.[2][3] Daallo briefly ceased all operations in March 2010,[4] but resumed operations later in the year.[5]

Daallo Airlines
Diyarada Ee Daallo
طيران دالو
IATA ICAO Callsign
Commenced operations20 March 1991 (1991-03-20)
HubsDjibouti-Ambouli International Airport
Fleet size2
HeadquartersDubai Airport Free Zone
Al Garhoud, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Key peopleMohamed Abdillahi Abusita (Chairman)[citation needed]
Mohamed Ibrahim Yassin (CEO)[citation needed]


Daallo Airlines was established in 1991 in Djibouti by Mohamed Haji Abdillahi Abusita and Mohammed Ibrahim Yassin Olad.[6][7] It began operations on 20 March 1991. At March 2000, the carrier had 42 employees; its fleet was composed of two Antonov An-24RV, one Let 410 UVP-E and two Tupolev Tu-154M that served Berbera, Borama, Bossaso, Dire Dawa, Djibouti, Dubai, Hargeisa, Jeddah, Mogadishu, and Sharjah.[8] Soviet aircraft were largely used, although some Boeing and Airbus aircraft had been added, enabling the launch of direct flights between Djibouti and Paris in July 2001, and flights between Djibouti and London in October 2002.[citation needed]

Daallo Airlines D3 is the designated carrier of the Republic of Djibouti.[citation needed]

As of March 2007, Daallo Airlines had 110 employees. The carrier received new shareholders later in the year, the Dubai World subsidiary Istithmar World Aviation. Founders and owners Mohamed Haji Abdillahi "Abusita" and Mohammed Ibrahim Yasin "Olaad" remained as board members. In December 2008, Terry Fox, who had served as Director of Operations, was appointed Chief Executive Officer. The company maintained unbroken service on its main European route to Paris CDG and London Gatwick from Djibouti until 2009.

In March 2010, all flight operations were suspended, but service resumed later in the year.[5]

In February 2015, Daallo Airlines merged with Jubba Airways to form the African Airways Alliance.[9]


A MyTravel Airways Boeing 757-200 with Daallo Airlines stickers near the front door at Manchester Airport, England (2003).

Daallo Airlines services the following destinations (as of December 2018):

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Djibouti Djibouti Djibouti–Ambouli International Airport Base [10]
Ethiopia Addis Ababa Addis Ababa Bole International Airport Terminated [citation needed]
Ethiopia Dire Dawa Aba Tenna Dejazmach Yilma International Airport Terminated [8]
France Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport Terminated [citation needed]
Kenya Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport [10]
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport [10]
Somalia Bosaso Bosaso Airport [10]
Somalia Galkayo Abdullahi Yusuf Airport [10]
Somalia Garowe Garowe Airport [10]
Somalia Hargeisa Hargeisa Airport [10]
Somaliland Berbera Berbera Airport Terminated [8]
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport Base [10]
United Kingdom London Gatwick Airport Terminated [citation needed]
Somalia Mogadishu Aden Adde International Airport [10]


The Daallo Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of June 2019): there is conflicting information concerning both the historic and current Daallo Airlines fleet. Daallo's official website does not mention the airline's present fleet. However, Airfleets.net and Planespotters.net show Daallo currently operating a single Boeing 737-300 5Y-KQB.[11][12] Daallo's website appears to offer an additional Beechcraft 1900D as available for charter.[13]

Daallo Airlines
Aircraft In Fleet Order Passengers Notes
Airbus A321-100 1 179 2 originally delivered. One returned to lessor, other stored after in-flight incident[14]
Boeing 737-300 1 n/a
Total 2

Between 1991 and 2002, the airline operated various aircraft including: Tupolev Tu-154, Antonov An-24, Ilyushin Il-18, Boeing 767 and L-410 aircraft.[15] According to other sources, the airline has also operated Boeing 757-200 and 727-200 aircraft with Ilyushin Il-76 and Antonov An-12 aircraft for cargo operations.[16]

Accidents and incidentsEdit

Date Location Aircraft Registration Aircraft damage Fatalities Description Refs
2 November 2009 Bosaso Antonov An-24 EY-47693 None 0 Two men unsuccessfully attempted to hijack an Antonov airplane operated by Daallo Airlines on a flight from Bosaso to Djibouti. Armed passengers confronted the alleged hijackers when the two men drew their weapons, allowing the pilots to return the plane to Bosaso. None of the thirty passengers were harmed, and the aircraft was undamaged. [17]
13 November 2009 Mogadishu Antonov An-24 None 0 A man tried to board a Daallo Airlines flight in Mogadishu bound for Hargeisa, Djibouti and Dubai carrying powdered chemicals, liquid and a syringe. The incident bore similarities to the failed attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 travelling from Detroit to Amsterdam on Christmas Day, 2009. The man was arrested and taken into Somali police custody. [18]
2 February 2016 Mogadishu Airbus A321 SX-BHS Hole in Fuselage, damage from subsequent fire 1 Five minutes after taking off from Mogadishu en route to Djibouti, a bomb exploded aboard Flight 159, opening a hole in the fuselage behind the 2R door. Pilots were able to land the plane at Aden Adde International Airport. Two injuries were reported and one man was claimed to have been pulled from the plane during or after the explosion, landing in the town of Dhiiqaaley near Balad, Somalia. The Islamic terrorist group Al-Shabaab later claimed responsibility for the bombing. [19]



  1. ^ "Contact Us Archived 22 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine." Daallo Airlines. Retrieved on 21 July 2011. "Corporate Office Dubai Airport Free Zone J 21, Dubai P.O. Box 293515 United Arab Emirates"
  2. ^ "Directory: World Airlines". Flight International. 3 April 2007. p. 71.
  3. ^ "Daallo Airlines". Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 1 September 2010. Retrieved 10 April 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ a b United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. "Refworld - Somalia: Names of regional airlines that fly directly into the North, particularly Hargeisa (Somaliland) and Bossaso (also spelled as Bosaso) (Puntland)". Refworld. Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Daallo Airlines". www.daallo.com. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Daallo Airlines". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "World airline directory—Daallo Airlines". Flight International. 157 (4722): 79. 4–10 April 2000. Archived from the original on 17 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Regional airlines merge as Somali airspace draws competition". Goobjoog. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 18 February 2015.
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Schedule". Daallo Airlines. Retrieved 30 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Daallo Airlines Fleet | Airfleets aviation". Airfleets.net. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  12. ^ "Daallo Airlines Fleet Details and History - Planespotters.net Just Aviation". Planespotters.net. 15 April 2003. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  13. ^ "Daallo Airlines". www.daallo.com. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Daallo Airlines Fleet of A321 (History) - Airfleets aviation".
  15. ^ "Daallo Airlines". Retrieved 3 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Soohel". Soohel. Retrieved 5 August 2012.
  17. ^ "Somali men fail in attempt to hijack plane". Somali News Post. Associated Press. 2 November 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2011.
  18. ^ "Somali arrested at airport with chemicals, syringe". AP. 30 December 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2014.
  19. ^ "Somalia: Plane makes emergency landing in Mogadishu after 'explosion' in mid-flight".
  20. ^ "Report: Man Ejected From Somali Plane in Midair Was Suicide Bomber". Archived from the original on 4 February 2016.

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