Flynas

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Flynas
طيران ناس
IATA
XY
ICAO
KNE
Callsign
NAS EXPRESS
Founded 2007 (2007)
Commenced operations February 2007 (2007-02)
Operating bases
Fleet size 24
Destinations 23
Company slogan The Kingdom's First Low-Cost Airline
Parent company National Air Services
Headquarters Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Key people
  • Ayed Al Jeaid (Chairman)
  • Raja Azmi (CEO)
Website www.flynas.com

Flynas (Arabic: طيران ناس‎) formerly Nas Air, is a domestic and international low-cost airline based in Saudi Arabia, the country's first and only budget airline.[1] The company's head office is located on the first floor of the Al Salam Centre in Riyadh.[2]

History[edit]

Saudi Arabian Airlines was the only airline in the country until 2006, when budget carriers Nas Air and Sama Airlines got their licenses from the government.[3] Nas Air was founded in 2007 (2007).[4] Operations started in February that year.[3]

The company rebranded to Flynas in November 2013.[5]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Key people[edit]

As of April 2014, the CEO position is held by Raja Azmi,[6] who was appointed in June 2013 (2013-06).[7]

Ownership[edit]

As of April 2014, Flynas is owned in its majority by National Airline Services Holding (63%); the balance is held by Kingdom Holding.[1]

Operational facts[edit]

  1. Serving passengers with 950 weekly flights 
  2. Covers 88 routes both within and outside Saudi Arabia
  3. Since the launch of its operations, flynas transported more than 12 million passengers through more than 110,000 flights

Destinations[edit]

In February 2013 (2013-02), flights to Yanbu from Dammam were launched. Also that month, the airline started flying from Dammam to Khartoum, with the Sudanese capital becoming the first international destination ever to be linked to the Saudi city.[8]

Flynas became the first low-cost carrier to serve the Saudi Arabia-UK market when it launched the JeddahLondon-Gatwick service, its first European long-haul route, in April 2014 (2014-04).[6] Medium-haul routes to Karachi and Lahore and long-haul services to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur are also planned to start that month, followed by Casablanca, Manchester and Islamabad[9] in May the same year, all of them using Airbus A330 equipment.[7] Flights to Iran are also due to commence by the same time.[10]

Flynas expects to serve the US market in 2015.[11] Plans are also under way to serve France and India next as well as China, Philippines, Nigeria and South Africa later on.[7]

Codeshare[edit]

Flynas has codeshare agreement with the following:

Fleet[edit]

A Nas Air Airbus A320.

In March 2014 (2014-03),[12] Flynas incorporated the first of three Airbus A330s the carrier will lease from Portugal's Hi Fly. These aircraft, two –200s and a –300, will be used to start long-haul services.[13] As of April 2014, the Flynas fleet consists of the following aircraft:[14]

Flynas fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 20 20[citation needed] 8 168 180[15]
180 180[15]
Airbus A330-200 2 12 323 335[4] On lease from Hi Fly
Airbus A330-300 1 TBA On lease from Hi Fly
Boeing 747-400 1 0 496 Operated by Eaglexpress
Total 24 20

They also plan to add Airbus A350 in the future.[7]

Previous types operated for scheduled services include Boeing 737-500, Boeing 747-400M, Embraer 190LR and Embraer 195AR, besides others leased for temporary hajj flights.[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Rashad, Marwa (2 April 2014). "Saudi budget carrier flynas says to become profitable this year". Reuters. Archived from the original on 4 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Contact Us." Nas Air. Retrieved on 3 December 2010. "1st Floor, Al Salam Centre Prince Mohammed Bin Abdulaziz Street (Tahlia), Olaya Riyadh, Saudi Arabia." Address in Arabic: "مركز السلام، الدور الأول شارع الأمير محمد بن عبد العزيز (التحلية) ، العليا. الرياض، السعودية"
  3. ^ a b Sobie, Brendan (19 December 2007). "Saudi market opens up further". Flightglobal. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Saudi Arabia's flynas long-haul LCC to Europe and Asia, introducing a new low cost alternative". Centre for Aviation. 16 March 2014. Archived from the original on 2 April 2014. 
  5. ^ Moores, Victoria (12 March 2014). "Saudi’s Flynas seeks to renegotiate its A320 order". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "Flynas launches new service to London Gatwick airport". Arab News. 12 April 2014. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c d Jasper, Chris (11 March 2014). "Saudi Carrier Flynas Keen on A350 Deal as Airbus Order Reviewed". Bloomberg. Archived from the original on 14 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Nasair launches its first flights from Dammam to Yanbu and Khartoum, launched a new sales office in Jubail to serve Nasair customers in the region" (Press release). Flynas. 25 February 2013. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  9. ^ [1]
  10. ^ Altuwaijri, Nada (18 December 2013). "Saudi low-cost carrier plans expansion into Europe, Asia". Al Arabiya News. 
  11. ^ "ROUTES: Flynas to start US flights in 2015". Flightglobal. 7 April 2014. Archived from the original on 16 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Flynas receives first Airbus 330 plane as part of fleet expansion". Arab News. 29 March 2014. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Dron, Alan (1 April 2014). "Flynas takes delivery of first A330". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  14. ^ "Flynas fleet". ch-aviation GmbH. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  15. ^ a b "Flynas Fleet". Flynas. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  16. ^ [2]

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