Al Maha Airways (subsidiary of Qatar Airways) (Riyadh) will soon take delivery of its first Airbus A320. The first A320 has been painted at Toulouse pending delivery. The new domestic carrier of Saudi Arabia will launch operations “soon” according to its website. Previously the new subsidiary was expecting to enter the Saudi market in November.
Al Maha means “Oryx” in Arabic, the symbol of Qatar Airways.
Copyright Photo: Eurospot/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 F-WWBV (msn 6347) departs from Toulouse today (October 29) on a test flight. Green is the national color of the Kingdom. The first Airbus A320 will become HZ-ALA on delivery.
Al Maha, the new subsidiary of Qatar Airways (Doha), will start scheduled passenger operations in neighboring Saudi Arabia no later than the third quarter of this year with Airbus A320s according to this report by Bloomberg. Al Maha will use the same logo of Qatar Airways but in green to match the colors of Saudi Arabia. Al Maha will operate with 10 Airbus A320s in the first year. The fleet is expected to grow to around 50 aircraft.
The airline is named after the al-Maha deer known for its beautiful eyes. Qatar Airways logo (above) is based on the Oryx, a genus consisting of four large antelope species. Three of them are native to the arid parts of Africa, and the fourth to the Arabian Peninsula according to Wikipedia.