Category Archives: AirArabia

Air Arabia’s 4Q profit rises 7%, $74.6 million for 2011

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (Sharjah) reported a seven percent increase in its net profit for the fourth quarter ending on December 31. The 4Q profit was $21.4 million.

For the full year in 2011, the profit was $74.6 million.

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Air Arabia completes first in-house C Check on its Airbus A320

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (UAE) (Sharjah) has announced it has completed its first in-house C Check maintenance of its own Airbus A320.

The maintenance overhaul was performed at the airline’s new state-of-the-art hangar at Sharjah International Airport according to this article by UAE Interact.

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Air Arabia to fly to Russia

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (Sharjah) has announced it will introduce direct service to Moscow and Yekaterinburg in Russia, beginning on October 14 and 29 respectively. The two new Air Arabia destinations are the first in Russia. Moscow and Yekaterinburg will become the carrier’s fifth and sixth destination in CIS and Russian Federation and its 69th worldwide.

Air Arabia will offer service to Moscow on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sunday, departing from Sharjah International Airport at 09:00 AM and arriving at Moscow (Domodedovo) Airport at 14:00. Return flights will depart from Moscow on the same days at 15:00 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:00.

The carrier will offer service to Yekaterinburg on Wednesday and Saturday departing from Sharjah International Airport at 10:05 and arriving at Yekaterinburg Airport at 16:50. Return flights will depart from Yekaterinburg on the same days at 17:50 and arrive in Sharjah at 20:50.

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Air Arabia’s second quarter profit rose 2% to $13.8 million

Air Arabia’s (airarabia.com) (Sharjah) net profit for the three months ending on June 30, 2011, rose to AED 51 million ($13.8 million), an increase of 2 percent compared to AED 50 million in the corresponding period in 2010.

The airline served 1,161,944 passengers in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of five percent compared to 1,108,310 passengers in the same period last year. In the three months ending on June 30, 2011, Air Arabia’s average seat load factor – or passengers carried as a percentage of available seats – maintained its impressive rate and stood at 82.5 percent.

Air Arabia operates from three main bases in Sharjah International Airport, United Arab Emirates; Mohamed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco and Alexandria airport in Egypt.

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AirArabia selects Sharklets for its new Airbus A320s

AirArabia (AirArabia.com) (Sharjah) has selected Sharklets for 28 out of 44 A320 aircraft ordered. Deliveries of these Sharklet-equipped Airbus aircraft will begin from the second quarter of 2013.

Delivery of AirArabia’s order of 44 Airbus A320s (34 placed in 2007 and 10 in 2008) has already started in the last quarter of 2010.

Sharklets were launched for development in 2009. These new wingtip devices are around 2.5 metres tall and further enhance the efficiency of the popular A320 Family by replacing the aircraft’s current wingtip fence. Offered as an option on new-build aircraft from the end of 2012, the devices reduce fuel burn particularly over longer sectors. As well as increasing payload-range and improving take-off performance, Sharklets result in around 3.5 percent reduced fuel burn over longer sectors, corresponding to an annual CO2 reduction of around 700 tonnes per aircraft.

Air Arabia serves a network of more than 65 international routes across Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.

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Air Arabia gives up on the Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (Sharjah) was planning to launch the Kathmandu-Kuala Lumpur route on December 16, six times a week. However the fast-growing carrier has canceled the route after Nepal Airlines objected to the government according to this report.

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Air Arabia 2Q net profit slips by 44% to $13.6 million

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (Sharjah) reported its net profit for the second quarter dipped by 44 percent to $13.6 million.

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