Karinou Airlines, based in Bangui, Central African Republic, is a notable airline that began operations in 2012 under the name African Airlines. Initially commencing as a charter operation, the airline rebranded to Karinou Airlines less than a year later, changing its business model to scheduled operations. The airline reportedly started its venture with a capital base of US$100 million. In 2013, after political unrest in Bangui, President Francois Bozizé was reported to have fled to the Democratic Republic of Congo on a Karinou Airlines aircraft.
Karinou Airlines operates scheduled passenger services to a variety of destinations across Africa, including cities in Benin, Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo, with its main hub at Bangui M’Poko International Airport in the Central African Republic.
As of August 2019, the Karinou Airlines fleet consists of 2 operational aircraft: one Boeing 737-200 and one Boeing 737-300. Additionally, there are orders placed for 2 Airbus A319-100 aircraft.
- IATA: U5
- ICAO: KRN