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FXX-2012-09 - TAILS OF FELIX
Formed and started operations in 2008. Felix Airways (FXX) A K A Al-Saeeda Airways. Domestic, regional and international, scheduled and charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Al - Hasaba Street
P O Box 8104
January 2008: Yemenia Airways (YEM) and the Jeddah-based Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector announced that Felix Airways (FXX), also known as (A K A) Al-Saeeda Airways, has been established with a lauch capital of $80 million. Services were launched with a flight between Sana'a and Aden. Felix Airways (FXX) is managed by minority shareholder and national flag carrier, Yemenia (YEM).
January 2012: Felix Airways (FXX) is a regional airline serving all major towns and cities within Yemen, with extensions to Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman and Egypt. (FXX) has replaced flag carrier, Yemenia (YEM) in operating all domestic services.
(IATA) Code: FO - 569. (ICAO) Code: FXX.
Parent organization/shareholders: Yemeni and Arab Investors (75%) and Yemenia (YEM) (25%).
Main Base: Sana'a Airport (SAH).
September 2012: Yemen’s first privately owned airline, Felix Airways (FXX), is set to launch a fleet renewal program, moving away from its low-cost carrier (LCC) business model.
(FXX) said it will replace its two Bombardier (BMB) CRJ200s with DHC-8-Q400 NextGen turboprops for its domestic services, resulting in reduced fuel costs and +50% more seating capacity.
(FXX) also plans to acquire two Airbus (EDS) airplanes (either the A319 or A320) to replace a pair of Bombardier CRJ700s. It said the larger airplanes will help it establish a regional hub operation at Aden International Airport. It plans to add up to four new destinations in each of the next three years. Acquisition of further Airbus (EDS) airplanes is possible.
(FXX), launched in 2008, intends to move from a (LCC) to a hybrid business model, which will include some facets of a full-service airline. It also plans to participate in a Global Distribution System (GDS), initiate e-ticketing and embark on a series of interline and code share agreements.
(FXX) plans to significantly restructure its operation by moving from regional jets to narrow body and turboprop airplanes. It currently operates two CRJ-200s and two CRJ-700 on domestic routes in Yemen and regional services to Bahrain, Djibouti, Saudi-Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). (FXX) plans to add two DHC-8-400s to replace its CRJ-200, mainly used on domestic services and to replace its CRJ-700s by either A319-100s or A320-200s.
January 2013: Felix Airways (FXX) has taken delivery of two MA600 freighters, making (FXX) the launch customer for the cargo variant of the MA60 60-seat turboprop. The airplanes will be used to export seafood and agricultural products from Yemen.
The MA600F, manufactured by China’s Xi’an Aircraft Industrial Corporation, launched its first flight in October.
The two MA600Fs are part of a deal for six of the type that are being acquired by Yemen’s Ministry of Transportation & Communications and will be (FXX)’s first dedicated freighters. The destination of the other four airplanes is not yet known. Felix Airways (FXX) is part-owned by the Yemeni government.
The ministry is hoping Xi’an will establish a spares center for the type in Aden, Yemen’s main commercial center.
(FXX) is undertaking a fleet renewal program. It operates two Canadair CRJ-200s and two CRJ-700s, but said in September it would replace the CRJ-200s with Bombardier (BMB) DHC-8-Q400 NextGen turboprops for domestic services and would consider the Airbus (EDS) A319 or A320 as replacements for the larger CRJ-700s.
December 2014: Felix Airways ((IATA) Code: FO, based at Sanaa) took delivery of its maiden 737-300 at a ceremony held at Sanaa on Thursday, December 4. 737-300 (29244, SU-KHO), which is wet-leased from Egypt's Alexandria Airlines ((IATA) Code: XH, based at Cairo International), has been used on flights to Abha in Saudi Arabia.
The arrival of the jet marks the first phase of management's 5-year turnaround strategy for (FXX). (CEO) Engineer Abdullah M Shaaban Bin Silm told the local press that while Felix (FXX) has historically relied on Bombardier ((IATA) Code: BBA, based at Montréal Trudeau) equipment operating two CRJ-200s and two CRJ-700s on domestic as well as regional flights, it now plans to operate a fleet of eight 737s by 2019.
In terms of its network, Felix (FXX) is preparing to launch a number of new routes to destinations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the Horn of Africa, and east Asia. It is also planning to introduce direct flights between Sharjah and the remote island of Socotra.
April 2015: CRJ200ER destroyed in air strike by Saudi Arabian attack on April 29th at Yemen airport.