RAK Airways

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RAK Airways
RAK Airways logo.png
IATA
RT
ICAO
RKM
Callsign
RAKAIR
Founded 2006
Ceased operations 2014
Operating bases Ras Al Khaimah International Airport
Fleet size 2
Destinations 11
Company slogan Small fares. Big deals.
Headquarters Ras al-Khaimah, U.A.E.
Key people HH Sheikh Saud bin Saqr al Qasimi (Chairman)
Website rakairways.com

RAK Airways was[1] the national airline of Ras Al Khaimah, one of the seven states in the United Arab Emirates.[2] After ceasing operations in 2009, the airline relaunched in 2010 with a new livery and under new management.[3] On 1 January 2014, the airline suspended all its flights but announced thet may resume at a future date after a restructuring process.[1][4]

History[edit]

RAK Airways was founded in 2006 and launched operations in early 2007.[3] The carrier was hard hit during the financial crisis of 2007-2010 and ceased operations in 2009.

In 2010 the airline announced that it would be resuming operations with a "value-for-money" business model, aiming to position itself between full-service and low-cost carriers.[5]

In February 2011, it was revealed that RAK Airways was planning on launching flights to between five and nine new destinations. Though it acknowledged the difficulty of securing slots at several of the destinations due to rival carriers in the UAE, it announced that it was finalizing a codeshare agreement with an Asian carrier and that it would also be increasing the size of its fleet.

In 2013, RAK Airways launched flights to Islamabad, Pakistan; and Amman, Jordan.[6]

RAK Airways announced the immediate suspension of all operations on 1 January 2014, citing economic considerations.[7][1]

Destinations[edit]

In December 2013, RAK Airways served the following destinations:[8]

Country City Airport Notes Reference
India Kozhikode Calicut International Airport
Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport
Pakistan Islamabad Benazir Bhutto International Airport
Pakistan Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport
Pakistan Peshawar Bacha Khan International Airport
Qatar Doha Doha International Airport
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport
Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid International Airport
United Arab Emirates Ras al-Khaimah Ras Al Khaimah International Airport Base

Bus operations[edit]

RAK Airways also operated bus services from Ras al Khaimah to other UAE destinations Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Al Ain, Ajman, Fujairah, Sharjah, Umm al Quwain, and Khor Fakkan.

Fleet[edit]

RAK Airways Airbus A320-200 in 2012

As of August 2013, the RAK Airways fleet consisted of the following aircraft and had pending orders for Boeing 737 next-generation :[9]

RAK Airways Fleet
Aircraft In Fleet Notes
Airbus A320-200 2
Total 2

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to RAK Airways at Wikimedia Commons