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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.


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.

Air Arabia (UAE) aircraft slide show:


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

Air Arabia:

Air Arabia photos


Kam Air to transition to an all-Airbus A320 fleet

Kam Air (Kabul, Afghanistan) has announced it will retire and change its Boeing fleet to an all-Airbus A320 fleet. The airline posted this short statement:

Kam Air plans to introduce a fleet of all Airbus A320 aircraft only to replace its existing Boeing fleet.The project to be completed in 6 months.

Top Copyright Photo: Paul Denton/AirlinersGallery.com (all others by Kam Air). Boeing 747-281F 4L-TZS (msn 24576) is pictured at Sharjah wearing a 2012 livery.

Kam Air aircraft slide show: AG Slide Show

Kam Air current fleet:

Kam Air fleet

Kam Air Fleet Photos

Kam Air A320 poster

Route Map:

Kam Air 11.2014 Route Map

Video TV commercial (in Afghan):

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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Copyright Photo: Paul Denton. Airbus A320-214 A6-ABB (msn 2166) climbs away from the SHJ base.

Rayyan Air is operating Boeing 747-21AC AP-BIB

Rayyan Air (Pakistan) is operating this ex-GIRjet Boeing 747-21AC registered AP-BIB (msn 23652, ex EC-KEP) with just “Cargo” titles.

Copyright Photo: Reiner Geerdts. AP-BIB stops at Sharjah.

Azza Transport Boeing 707-330C ST-AKW crashes

Azza Transport Company (Khartoum) lost its Boeing 707-330C ST-AKW (msn 20123) on takeoff at Sharjah today (October 21). The classic airliner crashed two miles from the airport and burned. The airframe was originally delivered to Lufthansa as D-ABUJ on February 27, 1969. Since then it has also served with Condor, United Arab Emirates (A6-DPA), Sudan Airways (ST-AKW) and Ibis Air Transport (P4-AKW) as well as other carriers.  The six crew members died in the crash.

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Air Arabia to form Air Arabia Egypt joint venture

Air Arabia (airarabia.com) (Sharjah) is forming a joint venture (JV) in Egypt with the Travco Group. The new venture will be named Air Arabia Egypt and is due to start operations later this year or early in 2010 with Airbus A320s. Air Arabia will control 40 percent of the stock of the new company.

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