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Flynas
طيران ناس
Logo flynas.png
IATA
XY
ICAO
KNE
Callsign
NAS EXPRESS
Founded 2007 (2007)
Commenced operations February 2007 (2007-02)
Operating bases
Fleet size 33
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 changed its name from Nasair to Flynas in November 2013 (2013-11).[5][6]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Key people[edit]

As of May 2014, the CEO position is held by Raja Azmi,[7] who was appointed in June 2013 (2013-06),[8] succeeding Francois Boutellier.[6]

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]

Destinations[edit]

Main article: Flynas destinations

Assiut and Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt became served by the carrier for the first time in 2009, with flights to the latter initially operated on a seasonal basis.[9] In 2011, the airline started services to three cities in Turkey: Adana, Antakya and Istanbul.[10] Also that year, Lahore in Pakistan became the second city served in the country, after Karachi.[11] 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.[12]

In February 2014 (2014-02), Flynas introduced its Global Flight Routes program, aimed at offering affordable rates to passengers for flights between Jeddah and points in Africa, Asia and Europe,[13] and at carrying religious tourists to Saudi Arabia.[14] 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).[15] Medium-haul routes to Karachi and Lahore and long-haul services to Jakarta and Kuala Lumpur were also planned to start that month, followed by Casablanca, Manchester and Islamabad[16] in May the same year, all of them using Airbus A330 equipment.[8] Flights to Iran were also due to commence by the same time.[17]

Manchester became the airline '​s second destination in the United Kingdom on 7 May 2014 (2014-05-07).[7][18] Cairo was made part of the route network in June 2014 (2014-06), making the Egyptian capital the carrier '​s seventh destination in the country.[19] In late June 2014 (2014-06), it was announced the airline will also serve London-Gatwick from Riyadh starting 27 July the same year.[20] A month later, it was informed that services to Manchester would be discontinued starting August 2014 (2014-08), just after three months of operations.[21][22] That month, the Indian market was expected to be served for the first time with flights to Hyderabad, followed by Calicut in September 2014 (2014-09).[23] Plans were also to serve France next as well as China, Philippines, Nigeria and South Africa later on.[8] Flynas also expected to serve the US market in 2015.[24]

Manchester was removed from the carrier '​s list of destinations in early August 2014 (2014-08).[25] In October 2014 (2014-10), Al-Qassim was incorporated to the route network.[26] Also that month, the airline announced the cancellation of most of its long- and mid-haul services owing to poor performance.[14][27][28]

The carrier also performs Hajj services.[29]

Codeshare agreements[edit]

A codeshare agreement with Etihad that dates back to 2012 (2012) sees Flynas placing its code on a number of flights operated by Etihad that radiate from Abu Dhabi.[30]

Fleet[edit]

A Nas Air Airbus A320.

In March 2014 (2014-03),[31] Flynas incorporated the first of three Airbus A330s the carrier would lease from Portugal '​s Hi Fly. These aircraft, two –200s and one –300, would be used to start long-haul services.[32] As of October 2014, the Flynas fleet consists of the following aircraft:[33]

Flynas fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Passengers Notes
J Y Total
Airbus A320-200 24 20[citation needed] 8 168 180[34] One aircraft stored in China
180 180[34]
Airbus A330-200 1 12 323 335[4] On lease from Hi Fly
Airbus A330-300 3 ? Two lease from Hi Fly; one one lease from AirAsia X
Boeing 747-400 2 ? On lease from Lion Airlines
Boeing 747-400M 1 ? On lease from Eaglexpress Air Charter
Boeing 767-300ER 2 ? On lease from EuroAtlantic Airways
Total 33 20

They also plan to add Airbus A350 in the future.[8]

Previous types operated for scheduled services include Boeing 737-500, Embraer 190LR and Embraer 195AR, besides others leased for temporary hajj flights.[35]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  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 4 July 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 Shane, Daniel (14 November 2014). "Rebranded Nasair aiming for 20m passengers by 2020". arabianbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  7. ^ a b Cox, Charlotte (9 May 2014). "Saudia Arabian flight touches down in Manchester for first time". Manchester Evening News. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Morris, Martin (4 July 2009). "Nasair launches new routes". arabianbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  10. ^ Sambidge, Andy (16 March 2011). "Saudi low cost carrier launches flights to Turkey". arabianbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 18 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Saudi's Nasair launches new Pakistan route". arabianbusiness.com. 19 June 2011. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  12. ^ "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. 
  13. ^ "Flynas launches Global Flight Routes program". Arab News. 4 February 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Dron, Alan (28 October 2014). "Flynas abandons long-haul program". Air Transport World.  Archived 29 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ "Flynas launches new service to London Gatwick airport". Arab News. 12 April 2014. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  16. ^ [1]
  17. ^ Altuwaijri, Nada (18 December 2013). "Saudi low-cost carrier plans expansion into Europe, Asia". Al Arabiya News. 
  18. ^ "Inaugural Flynas flight touches down at Manchester". Arabian Aerospace. 7 May 2014. Archived from the original on 9 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Flynas touches down in Cairo with daily non-stop flights". Al Bawaba. 3 June 2014. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. 
  20. ^ Sambidge, Andy (29 June 2014). "Saudi's flynas set to launch London Gatwick flights". arabianbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  21. ^ Dron, Alan (28 July 2014). "Middle Eastern carriers drop routes". Air Transport World.  Archived 29 July 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Ellis, Dominic (23 July 2014). "Saudi’s Flynas To Drop Manchester In August". Gulf Business. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. 
  23. ^ "Saudi budget airline Flynas to begin operations next month". The Economic Times. 25 July 2014. Archived from the original on 25 July 2014. 
  24. ^ "ROUTES: Flynas to start US flights in 2015". Flightglobal. 7 April 2014. Archived from the original on 9 June 2014. 
  25. ^ Graham, James (5 August 2014). "Flynas axes Manchester service". TheBusinessDesk.  Archived 7 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  26. ^ "Al-Qassim is newest Flynas destination" (Press release). Flynas. 16 October 2014.  Archived 24 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ "Official statement from flynas regarding Global Flight Program flight suspension" (Press release). Flynas. 15 October 2014.  Archived 29 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  28. ^ "flynas W14 Network Changes". Airline Route. 24 October 2014.  Archived 24 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  29. ^ Garba, Kabir Alabi (29 September 2014). "Nigerian Pilgrims in High Spirit, Commend Officials for Improved Services". AllAfrica.com (Madinah). The Guardian.  Archived 15 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  30. ^ Sambidge, Andy (1 October 2012). "Etihad inks codeshare deal with Saudi's nasair". arabianbusiness.com. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. 
  31. ^ "Flynas receives first Airbus 330 plane as part of fleet expansion". Arab News. 29 March 2014. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  32. ^ Dron, Alan (1 April 2014). "Flynas takes delivery of first A330". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  33. ^ "Flynas fleet". ch-aviation GmbH.  Archived 24 October 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  34. ^ a b "Flynas Fleet". Flynas. Archived from the original on 1 April 2014. 
  35. ^ [2]

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