Southern Star Airlines
Southern Star Airlines was a domestic airline based in Juba, the capital and largest city of South Sudan. Southern Star Airlines was founded since the independence of the country in July 2011. The airline owned only one aircraft, which was one de Havilland Canada DHC-8-100, registration . Southern Star Airlines' inaugural flight took place on 20 August 2011. However, after only two months of "erratic operations", the airline closed, shut down all operations, and gave away its one and only aircraft to the Kenyan-based airline ALS.
|Company slogan||The Southern Pride|
|Headquarters||Juba, South Sudan|
|Key people||Ahmad Issa (Chairman & MD)|
Southern Star Airlines formed in 2011 shortly after its independence from Sudan. Ahmad Issa was appointed as the chairman and managing director of the company when it formed. The airline acquired one Bombardier Dash 8 for the airline, registration 5Y-BZI. The aircraft, previously leased to airlines such as Piedmont Airlines, Sakhalin Aviation, and TMK Air Commuter, was first leased to Piedmont Airlines back in 1988, and eventually was leased to Southern Star Airlines on August 2011. The first flight from the airline took place on 20 August 2011. The airline maintained steady operations, but two months into its business, the airline shut down all of its operations. The sole aircraft of the airline was leased to ALS - Aircraft Leasing Services on December 2011. The aircraft has been with that airline ever since.
All of Southern Star Airlines destinations were exclusively inside of South Sudan. The destinations Southern Star Airlines served were Juba (landing at Juba International Airport), Malakal (landing at Malakal Airport), Rumbek (landing at Rumbek Airport), Aweil (landing at Aweil Airport), and Wau (landing at Wau Airport).
When the airline shut down in October 2011, its fleet consisted of only one aircraft:
|Aircraft type||Registration||Number owned||Status|
|De Havilland Canada DHC-8-100||5Y-BZI||1||Leased to Aircraft Leasing Services|
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