Established in 2004, Badr Airlines is a Sudanese carrier that has operated everything from passenger flights to cargo missions to humanitarian aid services. Previously known as Sarit Airlines until 2004, the privately-owned carrier has a small fleet of just 14 aircraft. A portion of these aircraft are actually flying on wet lease, operated by other airlines on behalf of Badr. Let’s take a closer look at this little-known airline and its operations.
A mainly 737 fleet
“Small aircraft, large aircraft; heavy aircraft for both Passenger traffic and cargo,” this is how Badr’s website describes its fleet. The full fleet breakdown is as follows:
- 1 737-300
- 6 737-500s
- 5 737-800s
- 2 IL-76TDs
According to data from ch-aviation, the airline has 14 aircraft in its fleet- 11 of which are “wet-leased in.” This includes Badr’s 737-300, all of its 737-800s, and five out of its six 737-500s.
The term wet lease in this context means that relevant aircraft are operated by other carriers under their own respective Air Operators Certificates on behalf of Badr Airlines. Looking at Badr’s wet lease fleet, it appears that the following carriers operate flights for the airline under this arrangement:
- Mid Africa Aviation
- Air Explore
- MyWay Airlines
The airline’s fleet is mainly Boeing 737s but also includes a pair of Ilyushin IL-76s. Photo: Badr Airlines
Connecting the MENA region
With its position in the northern portion of Africa, Badr Airlines has its aircraft connecting cities in the MENA (Middle East-North Africa) region to destinations in sub-Saharan Africa. When looking at where its aircraft have been flying recently, the airline’s most frequent destinations appear to be Cairo, Doha, Dubai, Istanbul, and Jeddah. Indeed, Cairo and Jeddah currently see multiple Badr flights per day to and from Khartoum.
However, the airline also regularly operates service to a number of destinations within Sudan, as well as between Khartoum and various cities across Africa.
A look at Badr’s most frequent services. Photo: GCMap.com
Cargo and humanitarian operations
“Through accurate regular and charter services the company has gained a good reputation as a carrier for a variety of customers in both the governmental and the private sector,” the airline boasts on its website.
Badr Airlines goes on to note that it has been called upon to operate “air relief projects” in the Southern and Western portions of Sudan while also serving national oil development projects.
In serving this sector, the airline claims to have provided technical and complex air transport operations for oil company equipment between Port Sudan and various pumping station locations.
The airline has also operated flights for UN Peacekeepers, including extensive air support during the first six months the African Union’s deployment in the Darfur region. This also included the first deployment of Rwandan peacekeeping troops to Darfur.
Presumably using its IL-76TD aircraft for cargo operations, the airline has operated humanitarian aid transport services for organizations like the WFP (World Food Programme), UNICEF, MSF (Doctors Without Borders), FAO (UN Food and Agriculture Organization), and the Red Cross. Considering the challenging environments these organizations find themselves in, it’s natural that Badr also prides itself in its Short Take of and Landing Operations (STOL), which are required across the region.
Did you know about Badr Airlines before reading this article? Let us know by leaving a comment.
A glimmer of light on the horizon as European countries begin dropping travel restrictions one by one.
About The Author