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Air Arabia to open a new hub in Amman, Jordan, will acquire 49% of Petra Airlines

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (United Arab Emirates) (Sharjah) is buying a 49 percent share of Petra Airlines (Amman) and will open a new hub in Amman. Petra Airlines will become Air Arabia Jordan. The airline has issued this statement:

Air Arabia announced today (January 5) that it will open a new international hub at Amman Queen Alia International Airport in Jordan, its fifth fixed-based operation globally, following the acquisition of a 49 percent stake in Petra Airlines. The deal will see the existing principle shareholder of Perta Airlines, the RUM Group, maintain a 51 percent stake. The new partnership will also lead to the creation of Air Arabia Jordan and will reinforce the airline‟s leadership of the low-cost aviation market in the MENA and Levant region.

Following the acquisition and the establishment of the new Air Arabia Jordan, operations are expected to commence in the first quarter of 2015. The newly established carrier, managed by Air Arabia, will follow the carrier’s business model serving as Air Arabia’s fifth hub in the Arab world. Air Arabia Jordan will provide direct service to a range of destinations across the Europe, Middle East and North Africa region from Queen Alia International Airport.

Air Arabia Jordan will serve as Air Arabia’s fifth hub and will follow the same proven value for money business model. Two Airbus A320 aircraft will initially be based at Amman Queen Alia International Airport and the fleet will grow as the business demands. Launch routes will be announced in the coming weeks.

Air Arabia, listed on the Dubai Financial Market, launched service from Sharjah, UAE, in October 2003. Today, the carrier provides service to 100 destinations, spanning Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia, from its four existing hubs in the UAE, Egypt and Morocco.

Petra Airlines is founded in Jordan in 2005 by RUM Group, Jordan’s leading travel and transport group. Petra Airlines currently operates two Airbus A320s.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com. Air Arabia’s Airbus A320-214 A6-ANJ (msn 5143) taxies at the Sharjah hub.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Petra Airlines’ Airbus A320-212 JY-PTB (msn 537) taxies at Antalya, Turkey.

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The 6,000th Airbus A320 Family aircraft is delivered

Airbus (Toulouse) has delivered the 6,000 A320 Family aircraft. Airbus has issued this statement:

This handover involved a Sharklet-equipped A320 received by Air Arabia (Sharjah) during a ceremony at Airbus’ Hamburg, Germany facilities – home to one of three A320 Family final assembly sites worldwide. The jetliner is the 37th A320 Family aircraft received by Air Arabia, a leading low cost-carrier in the Middle East and North Africa regions.

Since the A320’s service entry in 1988, ongoing improvements to the A320 Family developed by Airbus – including engine enhancements, aerodynamic refinements such as the incorporation of Sharklets, and upgrades to its widest-in-class passenger cabin – have resulted in the world’s best-selling and most modern single-aisle product line, with more than 10,200 aircraft ordered to date.

In addition, the company is continuing to apply innovations to the A320 Family with the A320neo (new engine option) – which has captured some 60 per cent market share ahead of its 2015 service entry. These jetliners share 95 per cent commonality with current engine option (CEO) aircraft, while incorporating two new powerplant choices – CFM International’s LEAP-1A and the PurePower PW1100G-JM from Pratt & Whitney – along with Sharklets wingtip devices as standard equipment.

Top Copyright Photo: Gerd Beilfuss/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 A6-ANW (msn 6000) was handed over to Air Arabia (United Arab Emirates) (Sharjah) on March 6 and wears a special emblem.

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RAK Airways is gone, Air Arabia to become the official airline of Ras al-Khaimah

RAK Airways (Ras al-Khaimah) remains grounded as we previously reported and will not return. Air Arabia (Sharjah) will become the official airline of Ras al-Khaimah. The airline signed a strategic partnership today with RAK’s Department of Civil Aviation (DCA).

Ras al-Khaimah is one of the Persian Gulf Arab sheikdoms and part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Its name means “Top of the Tent”. The emirate is in the northern part of the UAE.

Air Arabia today issued this statement:

Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ras Al Khaimah announced today (February 2) that it has signed a strategic partnership with Air Arabia, enabling the airline to become the Emirate’s designated carrier operating services from Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. Connecting Ras Al Khaimah to several destinations in the region, the major new collaboration is set to witness a significant increase in the number of destinations accessible to residents of Ras Al Khaimah and neighboring Northern Emirates.

The launch of partnership between the low-cost pioneer and the Department of Civil Aviation, RAK is expected to support Ras Al Khaimah’s standing as an attractive tourist destination, while acting as a key catalyst for the further economic development of the Emirate. The development also means that Air Arabia now becomes the official carrier of Ras Al Khaimah Emirate.

Describing the partnership as a “unique collaboration,” His Excellency Engr. Sheikh Salem Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Chairman, Department of Civil Aviation (DCA), Ras Al Khaimah said: “Today’s announcement is a natural step in the next stage of Ras Al Khaimah’s aviation development, driven by the Emirate’s steady economy, expanding population, growing industrial activity, and tourism. We are delighted to be entering into a strategic agreement with an extremely successful airline and are confident about the benefits this partnership will bring to the Emirate of Ras al Khaimah.”

He added: “As Ras Al Khaimah continues to position itself as an attractive tourist destination, we are confident that this partnership will help us achieve our long-term goals, benefiting from Air Arabia’s operational track record, impressive network and management expertise.”

Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia said: “Joining hands with DCA, Ras Al Khaimah in this new partnership aims at further developing the aviation industry in the northern Emirates and support Ras Al Khaimah’s ambitious economic plans. The Emirate’s tourism sector is witnessing a strong and steady growth and we are optimistic that this will continue to grow in the years to come.”

Ali continued: “The major collaboration is a true reflection of the strength of the UAE aviation infrastructure and potential growth. Furthermore, we are extremely confident that the launch of Air Arabia’s operations in Ras Al Khaimah Airport will further transform the travel and tourism sectors in the Emirate as well as provide customers with great accessibility and value for money air travel.”

Established in October 2003, Air Arabia PJSC, listed on the Dubai Financial Market, currently operates services to 90 destinations covering the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the Indian Subcontinent from three operating hubs in Sharjah, UAE; Alexandria, Egypt; and Casablanca, Morocco.

The Department of Civil Aviation, Ras Al Khaimah is responsible for operation and regulation of the air transport system in Ras Al Khaimah. The DCA was established in 1974 to support the Emirate’s economic and social development.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Air Arabia). Airbus A320-214 A6-ANB (msn 4524) with special “10 Years” logo celebrating its 10th Anniversary arrives back at the Sharjah hub.

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Air Arabia accepts its first Airbus A320 with Sharklets

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Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (Sharjah, UAE) on January 24 took delivery of its first Airbus A320 with the new Sharklets wing tip device. Airbus delivered the first Sharklet equipped A320 in the Middle East to Air Arabia, which becomes the first operator in the region of the new fuel-saving large wing tip devices.

The company issued this statement:

Air Arabia, the first and largest low cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa, announced that it has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped Airbus A320 aircraft. Air Arabia becomes the first airline in the Middle East to take delivery of Sharklet equipped Airbus A320, further enabling the airline to achieve increased operational efficiency.

Sharklets are an option on new-build Airbus A320 Family aircraft, which are equipped with fuel-saving large wing tip devices. Sharklets are made from light-weight composites, and the newly designed wing-tip devices reduce fuel burn and emissions by improving the aerodynamics of the aircraft significantly.

The delivery of the new aircraft marks yet another step in Air Arabia’s fleet expansion strategy, while creating the industry’s most modern fleet. The new aircraft has gone straight into service across Air Arabia’s network of 82 destinations.

“We are extremely proud to become the first airline in the Middle East region to take delivery of an A320 fitted with Airbus’ new, fuel saving Sharklets,” said Adel Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia. “Air Arabia has a long-standing commitment to operational efficiency and fuel saving. These new wing tip devices will contribute to fulfilling our goal of becoming one of the world’s most efficient and innovative low cost airlines.”

“As a strong advocate for the A320 family, it is fitting that Air Arabia has become the first carrier in the region to benefit from the four per cent fuel saving our new Sharklets deliver,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer, Customers, Airbus. “Air Arabia, with their Sharklet-equipped A320s, can now assure their passengers that they are also travelling on board the world’s most environmentally friendly single-aisle aircraft.”

Air Arabia has now received 15 of the 44 A320 aircraft it has ordered from Airbus in 2007. The delivery of the 44 new aircraft will be completed by 2016, and will more than double the size of Air Arabia’s fleet. It expects to take delivery of seven new A320 aircraft in 2013.

The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family.  All Air Arabia aircraft cabin interiors are fitted with a world-class comfort seats offering highest seat pitch of any economy cabin across the globe and therefore, offering passengers extra leg room to sit back and relax during their flight.

Copyright Photo: Airbus. Airbus A320-214 F-WWIM became A6-ANO on its delivery.

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