Category Archives: Air Arabia (Sharjah)

Air Arabia to resume direct flights to Kuala Lumpur

Air Arabia (Sharjah) will resume its nonstop flights to Kuala Lumpur, the capital city of Malaysia.

The direct flights will connect Sharjah International Airport with Kuala Lumpur International Airport with a frequency of three weekly flights starting on March 20, 2023 which will increase to daily flights in June 2023.

Schedule to Kuala Lumpur International Airport, effective March 20, 2023 (all times local):

Flight Departure Time Arrival Time Aircraft Frequency
G9 802 Sharjah 14:50 Kuala Lumpur 02:00 Airbus A321 Mon/ Wed/ Fri
G9 803 Kuala Lumpur 03:00 Sharjah 06:50 Airbus A321 Tue/Thu/Sat
G9 800 Sharjah 21:40 Kuala Lumpur 09:10 Airbus A321 Thu/Fri/Sat
G9 801 Kuala Lumpur 10:10 Sharjah 13:25 Airbus A321 Fri/Sat/Sun

Air Arabia operates a fleet of Airbus A320 and A321neo-LR aircraft, the most modern and best-selling single aisle aircraft in the world. The cabin configuration across Air Arabia’s fleet provides added comfort with one of the most generous seat-pitch of any economy cabin.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Arabia (UAE) Airbus A321-211 WL N229WG (A6-ATI) (msn 7903) ZRH (Rolf Wallner). Image: 959019.

 

 

Air Arabia commences its direct flights between Sharjah and Bergamo

Air Arabia marked the inauguration of its direct flights from Sharjah to the city of Bergamo in Italy.

An event was held at Sharjah International Airport ahead of the inaugural flight and the aircraft was received at Milan Bergamo Airport with a traditional water cannon salute and ceremony.

Photo: Marco Finelli.

The Airbus A321neo arrived from Sharjah a few minutes late and was welcomed by a beautiful, completely cloudless day. After landing the arrival was celebrated with the traditional water cannon salute and a rainbow made the event more beautiful.

Photo: Marco Finelli.

The new direct flights will connect Sharjah International Airport with Milan Bergamo Airport with four weekly flights, effective from December 7, 2022.

Schedule to Milan Bergamo Airport, effective 7 December 2022 (all times local):

Flight  Departure  Time  Arrival  Time  Aircraft  Frequency 
G9 710 Sharjah 6:45 Milan 10:45 Airbus A321 Wed/Sun
G9 711 Milan 11:45 Sharjah 21:00 Airbus A321 Wed/Sun
G9 712 Sharjah 21:55 Milan 01:55 Airbus A321 Mon/Thu
G9 713 Milan 02:55 Sharjah 12:10 Airbus A321 Tue/Fri

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy with photos.

DAL Group and Air Arabia announce joint venture to launch a new airline in Sudan named Air Arabia Sudan

Air Arabia has made this announcement:

Sudan’s most innovative and customer-focused conglomerate, DAL Group, and Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier operator, have announced the planned launch of “Air Arabia Sudan”, a joint-venture company to be based in Khartoum International Airport.

Air Arabia Sudan will follow the value-added product offering operated by Air Arabia Group. The ticket pricing model will be best-in-class and accessible to all income-groups, which empowers travelers to save and spend more wherever they may decide by paying for only the services they want.

Air Arabia Sudan will operate a fleet of new Airbus A320 aircraft. All aircraft cabin interiors will be fitted with world-class comfort seats, offering one of the industry’s most spacious economy cabin seat pitches. Air Arabia’s signature online and mobile phone application-based user interfaces, the product experience, from ticket purchase to punctual arrival at the travel destination, will be quick, convenient and reliable.

Based in Khartoum, the new company will adopt the low-cost business model operated by Air Arabia Group across its existing network. Work on securing the relevant approvals and licenses is scheduled to commence shortly. More details regarding route network, fleet size and composition, scheduled services and other matters are expected to be communicated in due course.

Air Arabia to open a new route to Bergamo from Sharjah

Air Arabia (UAE) has announced a new route from its Sharjah hub (near Dubai) to Bergamo, Italy (near Milan).

The route will be launched on December 7, 2022 and will operate four days a week.

Marco Finelli reporting from Italy.

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Air Arabia reports a solid first half of 2022, net profit of AED 451 million

Air Arabia (PJSC), the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier operator, today reported a strong first half (January to June) 2022 as recovery in demand for air travel continued.

Air Arabia reported a net profit of AED 451 million for the first six months ending June 30, 2022, compared to AED 44 million registered in the corresponding first half 2021. In the same period, the airline posted a turnover of AED 2.24 billion, a 110 per cent increase compared to the corresponding first half of last year.

More than 5.2 million passengers flew with Air Arabia between January and June 2022 across the carrier’s five hubs, an increase of 131 per cent compared to the same period last year. The airline’s average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – increased by 11 per cent during the first six months of 2022 and stood an average at 79 per cent.

During the second quarter ending June 30, 2022, Air Arabia registered a net profit of AED 160 million, compared to AED 10 million net profit reported for the same period last year. The company’s turnover for the second quarter of 2022 increased by 125 per cent as demand for air travel increased registering an AED 1.11 billion, compared to AED 496 million in the corresponding period last year.

More than 2.7 million passengers flew with Air Arabia between March and June 2022 across the carrier’s five hubs, an increase of 195 percent compared the same quarter last year. The airline’s average seat load factor increased by 13 per cent during the second quarter of 2022 and stood at an impressive average of 79 per cent.

During the first half of the year, Air Arabia added 6 new aircraft to its fleet and expanded its network by launching 16 new routes across its hubs in the UAE, Morocco, and Egypt. Air Arabia also unveiled the brand identity of its latest two ventures “Fly Arna” and “Fly Jinnah’ in Armenia and Pakistan respectively.

In June, Fly Arna received it Air Operating Certificate and in July, the carrier celebrated the launch of its operations with direct flights connecting Yerevan to Hurghada and Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt.

In the first half of the year, Air Arabia fully resumed its city check-in across the UAE and was named “Airline of the year” at the Air Transport Awards 2022. In March, the carrier won the “Four-Star Low-Cost Carrier 2022” rating by APEX – The Airline Passenger Experience Association.

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Air Arabia (UAE) expands into Turkey with new routes

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) Airbus A320-214 WL A6-ANZ (msn 6166) ALA (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934120.

Air Arabia (UAE) (Sharjah) is expanding.

The carrier will start the Sharjah – Antalya, Turkey route on July 1, 2022.

In addition, the carrier will also commence the Sharjah – Bodrum, Turkey route also on July 1, 2022.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) Airbus A320-214 WL A6-ANZ (msn 6166) ALA (Rob Finlayson). Image: 934120.

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Air Arabia to help launch a new national airline in Armenia

Air Arabia has made this announcement:

The Armenian National Interests Fund (ANIF) and Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) operator, have announced the signing of an agreement to launch Armenia’s new national airline. The agreement will see the establishment of an independent joint venture company that will operate as a low-cost passenger airline with Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport (EVN) as its base.


The announcement was made following a signing ceremony and a press conference held at Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport and attended by H.E Tigran Avinyan, Deputy Prime Minister of Armenia and H.E Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of Air Arabia.

The new national airline will serve the strategic vision of Armenia’s fast-growing travel and tourism sector as well as contributes to the country’s economic growth, while providing Armenians with a reliable and value for money air travel.

The name of the airline will be decided by the people of Armenia through an open competition that starts today and lasts for four weeks, whereby Armenian’s wishing to participate can send their name suggestions to nametheairline@anif.am. The last day for participating is August 14, 2021 after which the company’s board of directors will go through received suggestions and select the
final name.

Based in Yerevan, the new company will adopt the low-cost business model operated by Air Arabia. Work on securing the Air Operating Certificate (AOC) – which allows the airline to start operating- will commence shortly. More details about the launch date, fleet, and destination network will be announced in due course.

Over the course of the past decade, Armenia has recorded some impressive gains as its tourism industry begins to recognize its full potential. The Armenian travel and tourism sector contributed to nearly 11.8 percent of the country’s GDP in 2019 and accounted for 12.5 per cent of the total employment.

Air Arabia orders 120 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, including XLRs

Airbus has made this announcement:

Air Arabia, the Middle East and North Africa’s first and largest low cost carrier, has signed a firm order for 120 Airbus aircraft comprising 73 A320neos, 27 A321neos and 20 A321XLRs. The agreement was signed at the 2019 Dubai Airshow in the presence of Air Arabia’s Chairman Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Adel Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer Air Arabia and Guillaume Faury, Airbus Chief Executive Officer.

Air Arabia is an all Airbus operator with a total fleet of 54 A320 Family aircraft including the A321LR. All aircraft will feature a comfortable single-class cabin with one of the most generous seat pitches today.

The A321XLR is the next evolutionary step from the A321LR which responds to market needs for even more range and payload, creating more value for the airlines. From 2023, it will deliver an unprecedented Xtra Long Range of up to 4,700nm – 15% more than the A321LR and with 30% lower fuel burn per seat compared with previous generation competitor aircraft.

Image: Airbus.

Air Arabia to launch nonstop flights between Sharjah and Vienna

Air Arabia (Sharjah, UAE) has announced the launch of nonstop flights between Sharjah and Vienna, capital of Austria, starting on September 15, 2019.

The nonstop six-hour flight to Vienna, popularly known as the ‘City of Music’, will initially operate four times a week, on Sundays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and will increase to daily flights starting mid-December.

Flights on Fridays and Sundays depart Sharjah International Airport (SHJ) at 17:35 hours local time arriving at Vienna International Airport (VIE) at 21:50 hours local time. The return flights depart Vienna International Airport at 22:40 hours arriving in Sharjah the next day at 06:20 hours local time.

Flights operating on Saturdays depart Sharjah International Airport at 07:25 hours local time arriving at Vienna International Airport at 11:40 hours local time. The return flights depart Vienna International Airport at 12:30 hours arriving in Sharjah at 20:10 hours local time.

On Wednesdays, flights are scheduled to depart from Sharjah International Airport early in the morning at 07:15 hours local time arriving at Vienna International Airport at 11:30 hours local time. The return flights depart Vienna International Airport at 12:20 hours arriving in Sharjah at 20:00 hours local time.

Air Arabia currently operates flights to more than 170 routes across the globe from four hubs located in the Middle East and North Africa.