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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.

Air Arabia 10 Years logo (Air Arabia)

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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RAK Airways suspends all operations again

RAK Airways (rakairways.com) (Ras Al Khaimah) has again suspended operations as of today (January 1) as it restructures. The airline issued this statement today:

UAE’s RAK Airways announced today (January 1, 2014) the suspension of all operations starting on January 1, 2014 until further notice. In a written statement today, the airline said, ‘The decision for suspending operations was taken following increased pressures on the carrier’s performance due to continuous market conditions, increased operating costs and the impact of the regional political instability on the overall aviation industry.’.

‘‘The board of directors took the decision today to suspend the operations until further notice. We believe this decision is in the best interest of the airline and its shareholders. We will take this time to re-evaluate the best options available for RAK Airways future as well as those that  fit the industry requirements of the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah.”

RAK Airways current network included flights from RAK International Airport to Doha, Peshawar, Islamabad, Lahore, Jeddah, Riyadh, Calicut and Kathmandu.

RAK Airways regrets the inconvenience caused to its customers as a result of this decision. All passengers who have made bookings with RAK Airways will be re-booked on alternative airline or receive full refund for any payments made.

The UAE airline originally launched scheduled passenger operations on November 29, 2007. The airline suspended all operations in 2009, reorganized and resumed operations on October 10, 2010. This is the second suspension of services.

The airline is vowing to reorganize and relaunch operations at a later date.

RAK Airways Cabin Crew (RAK)(LR)

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. RAK Airways (rakairways.com) Airbus A320-214 A6-RKC (msn 2158) is seen at the RKT hub (all others by RAK Airways).

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RAK Airways to operate the first domestic route in the United Arab Emirates

RAK Airways (rakairways.com) (Ras al-Khaimah) will add the first domestic route in the United Arab Emirates. A new route to Abu Dhabi starting on October 3 will bring the capital closer to the residents of Ras Al Khaimah and the Northern Emirates.

With the launch of this first flight to Abu Dhabi, RAK Airways will be the first UAE flag carrier to operate domestic flights and the airline’s route network moves up to 10 destinations.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-214 A6-RKB (msn 3907) is pictured at the Ras al-Khaimah base.

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The RAK Airways system now stretches from Egypt east to Bangladesh.

RAK Airways to introduce “RAK Premiere” for its premium passengers in June

RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) will introduce its new “RAK Premier” service in the first week of June. The new high end service is geared to meet the needs of its premium passengers.

Copyright Photo: Reiner Geerdts.

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RAK Airways leases this Boeing 757-200 from Jet2

RAK Airways (Ras al-Khaimah) has leased in this Boeing 757-200 from Jet2 (Leeds/Bradford).

Copyright Photo: Matt Varley. 757-23N G-LSAK (msn 27973) prepares to depart from Norwich on delivery.

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RAK Airways to fly again to Kathmandu and now Bangkok

RAK Airways (Ras al-Khaimah) will restore the Ras al-Khaimah-Kathmandu route on February 15 (three times a week). The airline will also launched a new long-haul route extending eastward to Bangkok commencing on June 1. The latter route will be operated with four roundtrips a week. BKK will be the company’s 12th destination.

Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Please click on the photo for additional information.

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Air Moldova to operate an Embraer ERJ 190 for RAK Airways

Air Moldova (Chisinau) has painted this Embraer ERJ 190 in RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) colors and is planning to operate the airliner for the Gulf carrier. Previously Air Moldova has operated an Airbus A320 for RAK Airways. This is a new type for the carrier from the United Arab Emirates.

Copyright Photo: Gordon Stretch. The pictured ERJ 190-100LR registered ER-ECB (msn 19000325) was rolled out of the paint shop at Birmingham on November 12 and is pictured before its departure.

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RAK Airways switches to Airbus

RAK Airways (rakairways.com) (Ras Al Khaimah, UAE) has been a Boeing operator since the start. The company is now adding Airbus A320s and is gradually phasing out its Boeing 737s.

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RAK Airways to add Lahore and Peshawar

RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah) is planning to add both Lahore (November 12) and Peshawar (November 15) in Pakistan.

The company is also adding new routes to Kuwait City (November 20) and Khartoum (three times weekly).

Read the full report from Khaleej Times: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Reiner Geerdts.

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Sun Air returns Boeing 757-256 A6-RKA to RAK Airways

Sun Air (Sudan) (Khartoum) has ended the wet lease of Boeing 757-256 A6-RKA (msn 29311) from RAK Airways (Ras Al Khaimah).

Copyright Photo: Reiner Geerdts. Please click on the photo for additional details.