|Founded||3 February 2003|
|Commenced operations||28 October 2003|
|Alliance||Arab Air Carriers Organization|
|Parent company||Air Arabia PJSC|
|Revenue||AED 3.7 billion(FY 2014)|
|Profit||AED 566 million(FY 2014)|
|Total assets||AED 10.574 million (FY 2014)|
|Total equity||AED 5.054 million (FY 2014)|
|Employees||2,302 (Dec, 2013)|
Air Arabia (Arabic: العربية للطيران al-ʿArabiyya aṭ-Ṭayarān) is an Emirati low-cost airline with its head office in the A1 Building Sharjah Freight Center, Sharjah International Airport. The airline operates scheduled services to 170 destinations in the Middle East, North Africa, the Indian subcontinent, Central Asia and Europe to 22 countries from Sharjah, 28 destinations in 9 countries from Casablanca, Fez, Nador and Tangier, 11 destinations in 8 countries from Ras Al Khaimah, and 6 destinations in 4 countries from Alexandria. Air Arabia's main base is Sharjah International Airport. There is also a hub in Ras Al Khaimah , Abu Dhabi and focus cities in Alexandria and Casablanca. Air Arabia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
Air Arabia (العربية للطيران) was established on 3 February 2003 by an Amiri decree issued by Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, the Ruler of Sharjah and member of the Supreme Council of the United Arab Emirates, becoming the first low-fare airline in the Middle East. The airline started operations on 28 October 2003. The airline broke even during first year of being in business. It launched an initial public offering for 55% of its stock early in 2007.
Management and ownership
Air Arabia launched in October 2003 and was the first low-cost carrier in the Middle East. The airline was listed on the Dubai Financial Market and traded under ticker symbol: (DFM: AIRARABIA). The company reported more than AED 19 billion in Q4 2019. The airline broke even in its first year of operation. Air Arabia consists of a group of airlines and companies offering travel and tourism services across the Middle East and North Africa.
The board of directors consists of seven members. The current[when?] board was elected in March 2014 for a period of three years. Arabia closely monitors its board's actions and discourages the trade of shares within the board members. In 2014, the board members did not participate in any trade of Air Arabia Shares.
As of the March 2014 Annual General Meeting, the board members consisted of the following members:
|Sheik Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani||Chairman of the Board|
|Adel Abdulla Ali||Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director|
|Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdullah Al Thani||Independent Director|
|Mr. Samer A. Katerji||Independent Member|
|Sheikh Khalid Bin Issam Al Qassimi||Independent Member|
|Mr. Waleed Al Sayegh||Independent Member|
|Mr. Matar Al Blooshi||Independent Member|
Air Arabia has created joint ventures at four international bases. The following countries have had or still do have JV airlines based there:
Air Arabia Egypt (2010–present) - On 9 September 2009, Air Arabia announced Air Arabia Egypt as a joint venture with Egyptian travel and tourism company Travco Group to be based in Alexandria, Egypt.[dead link] The airline received its operating license on 22 May 2010, with commercial flights beginning 1 June 2010. The fleet in Egypt consists of three aircraft, two operating a scheduled service and one carrying charter traffic from Europe to the Red Sea.
In January 2015 Air Arabia announced the acquisition of a 49% stake in Petra Airlines. The principal shareholder of Petra Airlines, the RUM Group, retain a 51% stake in the airline, which will be rebranded as Air Arabia Jordan in early 2015. The first flights of the new airline took place during the week commencing 18 May 2015, with launch destinations being Kuwait, Sharm El Sheikh, Erbil, and Jeddah. Air Arabia Jordan ended operations in 2018.
Air Arabia Maroc (2009–present) - Air Arabia, in a joint venture with Moroccan investors established Air Arabia Maroc and set up a secondary base in Morocco's largest city, Casablanca. It began operations in May 2009, allowing Air Arabia to expand into Europe and Africa.
The Maroc fleet consists of ten aircraft serving mainly European destinations.
Fly Yeti (2007–2008) - In 2007, Air Arabia opened a base in Nepal's capital Kathmandu to serve Asia and the Middle East, after signing a joint venture agreement with Yeti Airlines. It established a low-cost carrier, Fly Yeti, that provided service to international destinations. Due to the uncertain political and economic situation prevailing in Nepal and lack of local government support, FlyYeti operations were suspended in 2008.
|Turnover (AED m)||181||411||749||1,283||2,066||1,972||2,080||1,796||2,832||3,183||3,729||3,825||3,778||3,739||4,122||4,758|
|Profits (AED m)||N/A||31||101||369||510||452||310||195||424||435||566||530||481||365||-579||1008|
|Number of passengers (m)||0.5||1.1||1.8||2.7||3.6||4.1||4.5||4.7||5.3||6.1||6.8||7.64||8.0||8.5||8.72||9.43|
|Passenger load factor (%)||68||79||80||86||85||80||83||82||82||80||81||79||82||79||81||83|
|Number of aircraft (at year end)||3||5||8||11||16||21||25||29||33||34||39||41||46||50||53||55|
|Number of Destinations||15||23||32||37||44||45||65||69||82||90||100||170|
|Airbus A320-200||52||—||168||The New Livery is currently being applied to the entire Air Arabia Fleet|
|Airbus A320neo||—||73||TBA||Order announced in the 2019 Dubai Air Show |
|Airbus A321neo||—||27||TBA||Order announced in the 2019 Dubai Air Show |
|Airbus A321XLR||—||20||TBA||Order announced in the 2019 Dubai Air Show|
Air Arabia has had the same livery design since its founding in 2003. The aircraft body is painted in three different colors red, grey and white. The tail and each aircraft engine bear the company logo of Sharjah in the form of a bird.
Celebrating 15 years of service in October 2018, a new livery was introduced and was applied to the fleet. The updated logo features a large red bird logo coming down from tail to rear fuselage with grey accents behind its wings and billboard style AirArabia title in English on the front of aircraft with small Arabic title placed next to it above the windows, bird logo also adorns the engines while title in applied on red winglets.
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In 2015, Air Arabia rolled out the AirRewards program, the first loyalty programme by a low-cost carrier in the Middle East and North Africa region. Points can be earned and shared with anyone, AirRewards points act like a currency for the airline.
Air Arabia does not serve alcoholic beverages on its flights.
Accidents and incidents
As of March 2017[update], Air Arabia has not had any fatal accidents or incidents and has a very good safety record.
- 2 November 2013: An Air Arabia Airbus A320-200, registration A6-ANH operating as flight G9-522 from Chittagong to Sharjah with 161 people on board, was climbing from Chittagong when an engine (CFM56) ingested a bird prompting the crew to return to Chittagong for a safe landing.
- 16 March 2014: An Air Arabia Airbus A320-200, registration A6-ANL operating as flight G9-454 from Sharjah to Kozhikode with 171 passengers and 6 crew, was en route over the Arabian Sea southwest of Mumbai when the crew received a smoke indication in one of the cargo holds. The aircraft diverted to Mumbai for a safe landing. Attending emergency services found no trace of fire, heat or smoke.
- 3 May 2014: An Air Arabia Airbus A320-200, registration A6-ABQ operating as flight G9-551 (dep 2 May) from Sharjah to Sialkot with 162 passengers, was en route at FL370 near Multan when the crew needed to shut down the left hand engine (CFM56) and diverted to Multan for a safe landing.
- 30 May 2014: An Air Arabia Airbus A320-200, registration A6-ANQ operating as flight G9-522 from Chittagong to Sharjah with 137 people on board, was climbing from Chittagong's runway 23 when the crew stopped the climb at 7000 feet due to problems with the cabin pressurization and returned to Chittagong for a safe landing on runway 23 about 15 minutes after departure.
- 18 September 2018: An Air Arabia Airbus A320-200, registration A6-ANV performing flight G9-111 from Sharjah to Salalah, was taxiing for departure from Sharjah's runway 30, the aircraft entered the runway for an intersection departure from taxiway B14 and turned into direction runway 12 (opposite to intended direction), takeoff distance available from B14 on runway 12 was 1020 meters/3350 feet instead of 3010 meters/9900 feet in direction of runway 30, including the paved runway end safety area a paved surface of 1150 meters/3760 feet was available in direction of runway 12. The crew commenced takeoff from intersection B14 along direction runway 12, managed to become airborne in time to avoid any obstacles, climbed out to safety and continued to Salalah for a landing without further incident. 
- 28 October 2020: An Air Arabia Airbus A320-214, registration A6-ANS performing flight G9-455 from Kozhikode to Sharjah was en-route when a variation in the cabin air balance was noticed which prompted the pilots to land back at the airport 10 minutes after departure. The issue was fixed and the flight continued its travel a few hours later.
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