A Tunisian-made airplane, widely reported as the first-ever, is on display at the Engineering School of Sousse, a coastal city southeast of Tunis.
The plane was manufactured locally by Oxygà¨ne Aéronautique, a newly-established company.
Engineer Ferid Kamal and his two brothers began the project. Engineers from schools in Sousse, Monastir, and Sfax have worked on the plane.
The project began two years ago and was unveiled Wednesday. The governor of Sousse and the French Ambassador to Tunisia attended the event, newspaper Al Chourouk reported.
The plane is made from carbon fiber and aluminium, and it will cost around 86,000 dinars (52,000 US dollars), Oxygene manager Ferid Kamal told Tunisia Live.
The airplane measures six meters long and eight meters wide and weighs 275 kilograms. It operates with a single engine and has two passenger seats, Kamal added. Its maximum speed can reach 250 kilometers per hour and its time of flight without refueling is 1200 kilometers.
He said the plane could be used for tourism, agriculture, advertising, or in aviation schools.
We want this airplane to be accessible to the masses – it is very affordable.
Safa Ben Said is a former content production manager at Tunisia Live newsroom. She has received her master's degree in English communication from the Higher Institute of Languages of Tunisia. Safa speaks Arabic, English, and French.