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Formed in 2006 and started operations in 2007. Low cost carrier (LCC), domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
PO Box 305161
Riyadh 11361, Saudi Arabia
SAUDI ARABIA: POPULATION: 24 MILLION. POSSESSOR OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL RESERVES - LOOKS TO THE WEST FOR TECHNOLOGY. YET AS PROTECTOR OF ISLAM'S HOLIEST CITIES, MECCA AND MEDINA, IT IS PROFOUNDLY CONSERVATIVE, ADHERING TO A STRICT INTERPRETATION OF SUNNI ISLAM. THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1932. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 2.1 SQ KM, AND THE CAPITAL CITY IS RIYADH. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
November 2005: Jeddah-based National Air Services (NTJ) announced plans for a low-cost carrier (LCC), Nas Air (NAZ), the 1st privately owned carrier in Saudi Arabia. (NTJ) started premium services 3 months ago between Jeddah and Riyadh using A320s and now wants to tap the thrifty end of the market. Initial services will link Jeddah, Riyadh and Damman using 4 A320s. Longer-term plans call for flights to most of the country's 26 major airports using 16 airplanes.
August 2006: Saudi Arabia's General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) confirmed that 6 companies are pursuing licenses to operate as commercial air carriers as part of the drive to liberalize air transport in the kingdom. 2 are low-fare start-up "Sama" (SMA) and business and corporate transport specialist National Air Services (NTJ) with its Nas Air (NAZ). (GACA) identified the remaining 4 as travel group Al-Tayar, the Al-Mamlaka company operating as "Burj Airlines," Petrogal operating as "Al-Watan Airlines" and the Saudi Ikhwan trading company. Application evaluation will continue until September 30 with a decision scheduled by year end.
December 2006: NasAir (NAZ), of the UAE, will inaugurate service from Asmara (Eritrea) to Nairobi via Khartoum (Sudan). The airline will operate 2 flights a week.
February 2007: 1st A320-214 (2123, EC-ISI), ex-Air Asturias (ATS), (LTE) Volar wet-leased, delivery - see photo.
June 2007: National Air Services (NTJ) of Saudi Arabia signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) for 20 A320 family airplanes for its NasAir (NAZ) budget carrier, which launched operations in February.
October 2007: NasAir (NAZ) began flights on 21 public service obligation routes.
November 2007: National Air Services (NTJ) of Saudi Arabia confirmed its order for 20 A320s on the opening day of the 10th Dubai Air Show, and in so doing also confirmed its intention to challenge Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) on the domestic front and, eventually, other carriers around the region. The airplane order, first announced at this summer's Paris Air Show, also includes 18 purchase rights and represents the manufacturer's 1st A320 sale in the kingdom. (NTJ), which launched 8 years ago as a business jet operator, started its "NasAir (NAZ)" low-cost commercial subsidiary in February. It now offers a variety of custom aviation services, including the scheduled airline. It is committed to acquiring $4 billion worth of airplanes, comprising orders for the A320s and a 60 business jets of various types, President Taher Agueel said. Delivery of the A320s is expected to commence in 2012.
(NAZ) currently operates 365 weekly flights aboard 5 leased A320s and 2 737s, to 21 destinations, hubbing at Riyadh, but operating some point-to-point services, Agueel said. (NAZ) will add 4 additional leased A320s shortly, and also is close to announcing an E-Jet acquisition. He said that the low-cost market in Saudi Arabia has developed "beyond our expectations, big time" and that (NAZ)'s load factor is "pushing" 80% LF. He added that (NAZ) also is pleasantly surprised by its Internet penetration and now is selling nearly 30% of its tickets online, which he claimed is "impressive" in that market. (NAZ) will be in position to launch international flights early next year, and is awaiting approval from Saudi authorities. Agueel said Dubai, Cairo, Beirut and Damascus will be likely destinations.
1 day after placing its A320 order, Saudi Arabia's National Air Services (NTJ) signed a contract for 5 Embraer E190s, plus 5 options and 12 purchase rights with Embraer (EMB), and a separate agreement with (GECAS) (GEF) for 3 more E190s and 2 E195s. The airplanes will be operated by its (NAZ) low-fare airline. The 5 firm airplane orders are worth $172.5 million at list prices (based on January economic conditions), and the deal could reach $759 million if all options and purchase rights are exercised, Embraer said. The airplanes will be configured in a single-class layout with 114Y seats on the E190, and 118 on the E195. The first will arrive in February from (GECAS) (GEF). "We have a very aggressive development plan and we need the right airplanes to achieve it," (NAZ) (CEO) Ed Winter said. "The Embraer E-Jets family has a proven operational background in the Middle East. This, combined with the versatility of these airplanes, which are in operation with other budget and mainline airlines, as well as regional carriers, convinced us that the Embraer E190 and the Embraer E195 are the perfect airplanes for our operations."
December 2007: A320-212 (0445, EC-JTA), ex-(A40-EH), (LTE) leased.
January 2008: A320-214 (3361, VP-CXZ), delivery.
February 2008: A320-214 (3396, VP-CXY), delivery.
March 2008: A320-214 (3425, VP-CXX) and E190-200SR (0157, HZ-NOA), deliveries.
April 2008: A320-214 (3475, VP-CXW), and E190-200SR (0169, HZ-NQB), deliveries.
July 2008: NasAir (NAZ) began international flights from Jeddah and Riyadh to Beirut; Amman; and Alexandria.
January 2009: NasAir (NAZ) took delivery of 3 new 110-seat E190s (0232, VP-CQW) from Embraer (EMB), the Arab Air Carriers Organization reported. (NAZ) now operates 14 airplanes and signed a maintenance support agreement covering them with Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK).
February 2009: A320-214 (3787, VP-CXS), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased.
April 2009: CIT Aerospace (TCI) delivered a new (CFM56-5B4/P)-powered A320-232 (3817, VP-CXT) to Nas Air (NAZ).
May 2009: A320-214 (3894, VP-CXR), (CIT) Group (TCI) leased.
June 2009: 2 E190s (0157, UR-WRG; 169), leased to Windrose (WRC).
February 2010: (SITA) deployed the world's 1st Common Use Self-Service kiosks with an Arabic interface at Sharjah International, the parties announced. Passengers flying Air Arabia (ABZ), NasAir (NAZ), Sama (SMA), Air India (AIN)/(IND) and Jet Airways (JPL) are using the kiosks. (SITA) also is providing Web check-in for Air Arabia (ABZ) under a five-year deal.
November 2010: NasAir (NAZ) has begun flights from Riyadh and Jeddah to Dubai.
February 2011: NasAir (NAZ) launched a new route from Damman to Dubai.
March 2011: NasAir (NAZ) has launched new flights to 3 major cities in Turkey: Istanbul, Antakya and Adana using Embraer E190 airplanes. (NAZ) will operate 11 scheduled weekly flights from Riyadh and Jeddah airports, bringing the number of its international destinations to 21 cities.
May 2011: Egyptair (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering will provide NasAir (NAZ) with heavy maintenance checks for 5 of its A320s.
June 2011: NasAir (NAZ) launched flights to Karachi, Pakistan.
July 2011: NasAir (NAZ) as Saudi Arabia's 1st low cost carrier (LCC) offers ticket less, no-frills, single-class domestic services to an extensive domestic network, together with a growing regional network that includes Amman, Alexandria, Beirut, Dubai, Khartoum, and Sana'a. (NAZ) also operates business class (C) VIP shuttle and charter flights under the "Al Khayala" brand.
(IATA) Code: XY - 593. (ICAO) Code: KNE.
Parent organization/shareholders: National Air Services (NTJ) (100%).
Main base: Riyadh King Khalid International airport (RUH).
(NAZ) operated its 1st flight to Islamabad, Pakistan.
January 2012: Egyptair (EGP) Maintenance & Engineering was selected by NASAir (NAZ) to provide heavy maintenance checks for 8 A320s and 6 E190s, lasting until the end of 2012.
February 2012: NasAir (NAZ) as a division of the NasAir Group, operates two 737-200s out of Asmara, Eritrea: 737-2Q8 (21960, E3-NAS "Dalia" - - SEE PHOTO TAKEN AT DUBAI 2011-12 - - "NAZ-737-2Q8 - 2011-12"), and 737-268 (21276, E3-NAM "Nadia).
Telephone: +291 1200700. FAX: +291 1117622.
Nasreddin Ibrahim, Head
P O Box 11915
(IATA) Code: UE - 770. (ICAO) Code: NAS - (Callsign - NASAIRWAYS).
May 2012: NasAir (Eritrea) (NAS), based at Asmara Yohannes IV airport (ASM) has wet-leased A320-200 (428, E7-SKA) from we wet-leased (ACMI) specialist SkyBosnia (based at Tuzla International airport (TZL)). NasAir (NAS) operates from (ASM) to Dubai International (DXB), Entebbe/Kampala International (EBB), Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED), Juba (JUB), Khartoum (KRT) and Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) airports.
June 2012: Sky Wings (GSW) has wet-leased its A320-200 (376, SX-BTP) to nasair (NAZ), which operates 9 A320-200s by itself but regularly adds third party capacity for charter services during the Umrah and Hajj pilgrimage seasons.
August 2012: Nasair (NAZ) has wet-leased 2 737-800s (32693, VT-SGE and 33699, VT-SGS) from Indian low-cost carrier (LCC) Spicejet (ROJ) for the upcoming Hajj season.
October 2012: Nasair (NAZ) is in talks for additional partnerships after signing a code share deal with Etihad Airways (EHD) and listing for the first time on a Global Distribution System (GDS) system.
“We started discussion with (EHD) a long time ago,” (NAZ) (CEO) Francois Bouteiller said. “There was some discussion about an equity partnership, but it’s not on the table at this stage. It is a partnership, not an exchange of stakes or shares.”
The (EHD) deal covers 26 routes across the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. “In the near future, we will announce some more partnerships,” Bouteiller said.
(NAZ)’s new listing on Amadeus Travelport and Sabre will also boost traffic, he added.
Nasair (NAZ) is working to “tighten up” its international and domestic network. “There will be a few new destinations to announce fairly shortly,” he said. (NAZ) is also planning to add frequencies and switch from smaller Embraer E190/E195s to an all-A320 fleet.
However, Bouteiller remains frustrated at local market access issues. “I wish we could make some changes. The country has been discussing for a few years about deregulation, lifting fare caps issues and opening up airports and traffic rights. That is something required for expansion. We wish that would move along, but I think increasing domestic demand is putting pressure on this regulation, which is nonsense.”
Nasair (NAZ) is planning to phase out its 6 E190s and 2 E195s, and grow to a single-type fleet of 40 A320s within 4 years to bring down operating costs.
(NAZ), which launched in February 2007, currently operates 16 airplanes to six cities in Saudi Arabia and 21 international destinations in the region.
The E-Jets, which were used on domestic routes, are too small to meet growth demands.
(NAZ) (CEO) Francois Bouteiller said, “Today, with our expansion from 700,000 to 3 million passengers in just 3 years, we need more seats and more capacity. We will be phasing out the Embraers gradually, probably within the next 24 months.”
(NAZ) has 2 bases (Riyadh and Jeddah) with A320s and E-Jets. “Having 2 airplane types at 2 bases is like having 4 airplane types, which is nightmare to manage. Having one fleet will definitely improve our bottom line and unit costs.”
The changes come as (NAZ) enters a rapid development phase. “Today, we operate 16 airplanes,” Bouteiller said. “We will increase that number year-on-year for the next 4 years to reach in the vicinity of 40 airplanes, so we will almost double our fleet.”
Bahrain Air (BAZ) and Saudi Arabia’s NasAir (NAZ) have reached a code share agreement. The move comes ahead of Saudi Arabia’s plans to announce licenses for new competitors in the Kingdom’s domestic market and just a week after (NAZ) signed a similar tie-up with the (UAE)’s Etihad Airways (EHD).
Under the first phase of the deal, (NAZ) will place its code on (BAZ) flights operating from Dammam to Beirut and Khartoum. This is due to take effect in the forthcoming winter schedule, subject to regulatory approvals. “We are optimistic that this tie-up will be a win-win for both our carriers,” (BAZ) (CEO) Richard Nuttall said. “We see this as the start of a more extensive collaboration that will bring benefits to customers of both carriers.”
(NAZ) is a budget carrier, while (BAZ) positions itself as a hybrid, calling itself a premium value airline. Both airlines operate route networks throughout the Gulf and North Africa, with (BAZ) going additionally to the Indian sub-continent and the Levant. “Both our customers will benefit from increased flights at competitive fares,” (NAZ) (CEO) François Bouteiller said. “This additional code share agreement marks another milestone in the development of [the] Nas Air (NAZ) network and particularly out of Dammam.”
January 2013: Situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh King Khalid International Airport serves the capital of Saudi Arabia, the urban center of a region with a population of almost 7 million. Inaugurated for operations in 1982, the airport has four terminals as well as one of the world’s highest Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers. 4 new routes were launched in Riyadh in the 1st week of 2013.
The last decade has seen commercial passenger traffic grow by +64.5% at Riyadh, a figure that corresponds with the trends in the region, and in 2011 (which is the last year, for which full traffic data is available from (GACA)) 14.8 million passengers traveled through the airport.
While the split between domestic and international segments is almost even, the latter has shown far more dynamic growth. Taking 2002 as base year, a +33.2% increase was noted in 2011 for domestic traffic, whereby the figure >115% for international. However, examination of year to year figures shows more moderate a difference (respectively, 8% and 11%).
While a total of 25 international destinations from Riyadh are served with at least daily frequencies, 15 of those offer 2x-daily or more departures. Selection of the 12 top international routes from the Saudi capital in terms of frequency includes almost exclusively regional routes with the notable exception of Delhi and Mumbai in India, and Istanbul in Turkey. Dubai is 3x- as big as the next busiest destination, which is Cairo. Located <800 km to the east of the Saudi capital, Dubai is the busiest destination from Riyadh in terms of frequencies – Saudia (SVA), Nas Air (NAZ), flydubai (FDB) and Emirates (EAD) provide a combined 109 weekly departures.
Saudia (SVA) is the largest airline operating in Riyadh, and in January 2013, it will provide around 60% the airport’s total capacity. According to the half year figures published earlier in 2012, (SVA) grew almost +20% network-wide year to year, carrying >12 million passengers between January and June last year. In Riyadh, Saudia (SVA) operates a network of 66 destinations, of which about a 3rd are short domestic routings of up to 1,000 km.
The only other airline to fly domestically from Riyadh is NasAir (NAZ), Saudi Arabia’s own low-cost carrier (LCC), which offers services to 5 destinations across Saudi Arabia, including 43x-weekly frequencies on the country’s busiest air route from Riyadh to Jeddah (on which Saudia (SVA) offers 135 weekly departures). Having grown its weekly seat offering by 54% compared to the same month a year before, NasAir (NAZ) provided 12% of Riyadh’s domestic capacity in January 2013.
The 1st week of 2013 saw the arrival of the 3rd Indian carrier (the 1st being Air India (AIN)) to Riyadh with the launch of SpiceJet (ROJ)’s daily service from Delhi, but also brought about 3 new routes from Shaheen Air (SHN).
February 2013: NasAir (NAZ) will launch 2 domestic and 2 international routes ahead of its summer 2013 schedule. On the domestic front, (NAZ) will serve Riyadh - Taif and Dammam - Yanbu with 3x-weekly flights each, beginning on February 18.
Its new international services comprise a 3x-weekly service from Taif to Kuwait, as well as a new service from Dammam to Khartoum, Sudan.
NasAir (NAZ) will compete with Bahrain Air (BAZ) on the Dammam - Khartoum route.
Bulgaria Air ((IATA) Code: FB, based at Sofia International (SOF)) (LZB) will wet-lease 2 of its 3 A320-200s (2540, LZ-FBC) and (2596, LZ-FBD) to Saudi-Arabian low-cost carrier (LCC) nasair (NAZ) (Saudi Arabia). Bulgarian charter carrier Air VIA ((IATA) Code: VL, based at Sofia International (SOF)) (VIM) currently also already operates 2 A320-200s on behalf of (NAZ) with a 5th A320-200 being wet-leased by the Saudi carrier from Holidays Czech Airlines ((ICAO) Code: HCC, based at Prague Ruzyne (PRG)).
Helvetic Airways ((IATA) Code: 2L, based at Zurich Kloten (ZRH)) (OAW) is about to take delivery of its 1st leased A319-100 (1886) currently being prepared for the Swiss carrier at Sofia International (SOF). It will use the ex-nasair (NAZ) (Saudi Arabia) A319-100 for charter services from Berne (BRN) and Geneva Cointrin (GVA) on behalf of Swiss tour operator Kuoni.
nasair (Saudi Arabia) ((IATA) Code: XY, based at Riyadh King Khalid (RUH)) (NAZ) has wet-leased the only 747-400 (25701, 9M-MPD) of Malaysian charter carrier, Eaglexpress Air Charter (based at Kuala Lumpur International (KUL)). It is currently using the 747-400 on charter flights carrying pilgrims between Malaysia and Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED).
April 2013: Dubai World Central’s passenger terminal was completed in 2012 and will open its doors to passenger airline services on October 27.
Nasair (NAZ) plans 50x-weekly flights between Dubai and a number of Saudi cities. (NAZ) flies 21 A320s and Embraer E190s.
Wizz Air (WZZ) will offer A320 service from Dubai to Central and Eastern Europe.
Dubai World Central, Dubai’s second airport, offers an A380-capable runway, 64 remote airplane stands and has an annual passenger capacity of 7 million.
“The introduction of passenger services from Dubai World Central is the first step in the long-term development of the airport and will provide an attractive alternative to travelers. We are equally thrilled to welcome our launch airlines Wizz Air (WZZ) and Nasair (NAZ). We look forward to announcing additional airlines and services in the months to come,” Dubai Airports (CEO) Paul Griffiths said.
Dubai World Central has been a dedicated cargo airport since mid-2010, serving 36 scheduled and charter airlines handling 219,092 tonnes of freight and 16,317 airplane movements last year.
May 2013: nasair (NAZ) grew its domestic coverage at the start of this month, as it started flying on the 1,100 km domestic route from Dammam (DMM) to Taif (TIF) in the Mecca Province of Saudi Arabia. Beginning on 1 May, (NAZ) offered a 3x-weekly schedule between the 2 destinations. The E190-operated service faces competition from Saudia (SVA)’s daily flights.
June 2013: Jazeera Airways ((IATA) Code: J9, based in Kuwait) (JZI) has leased out 1 of its 12 A320-200s (2569, 9K-CAA), to nasair (Saudi Arabia) ((IATA) Code: XY, based at Riyadh) (NAZ). According to (NAZ) (CEO) François Bouteiller, the added airplanes are part of a strategic long term plan to expand the Saudi low cost carrier (LCC)'s international route network as a means of offsetting its unprofitable Saudi domestic network, where it competes with the heavily subsidized state carrier, Saudia (SVA).
A320-214 (3868, VP-CXO), ex-(OE-IBV), (GEF) leased and A320-214 (2776, VP-CXM), ex-(EC-JSB).
July 2013: A320-214 (4055, VP-CXK), ex-(M-ABGC), (GEF) leased and A320-214 (5716, VP-CXJ), ex-(D-AVVM).
December 2013: flynas (NAZ), the Saudi Arabian low cost carrier (LCC) formerly known as NASAir, has commenced 6 new routes from Madinah (MED), 3 international and 3 domestic. The longest of the 6 new routes is the 3x-weekly, international connection to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW), while the shortest sector is almost the most competitive, namely the 341 km domestic route to Jeddah (JED). The six new routes flown by A320s are:
Madinah (MED) to Damman (DMM), 7x-weekly, vs Saudia (SVA) 16x-weekly;
to Gizan (GIZ) 3x-weekly; to Jeddah (JED), 14x-weekly, vs (SVA) 61x-weekly; to Amman (AMM), 3x-weekly, vs Royal Jordanian (RJA), 4x-weekly; to Hatay (HTY), 3x-weekly; and to Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen (SAW), 3x-weekly.
Flynas (NAZ), Saudi Arabia’s national carrier, will launch its Business Class (C) Service starting Wednesday (January 1st) with competitive fares on all of its flights.
flynas (NAZ) will offer an exclusive Business Class (C) cabin, which comprises 8 premium seats with a generous seat pitch of 48 inch and extra-wide arms space of 40 inch, which allows the guest to freely relax with flexibility in changing various reclining positions and enjoying comfortable arm and foot rests.
(NAZ) also provides other features for Business Class (C) guests, which include a variety of free hot meals and snacks on board, two pieces of baggage at 25 kg each. Additional features include free access to executive lounges in the airports, and greater flexibility for the guest in last minute cancellations or flight changes.
Wael Al-Sarhan Director Marketing & Communication at flynas (NAZ), said: “Our new identity is supported by a suite of new services to meet the needs of our guests, including pre-booked meals, increase in baggage weight up to 20 kg in addition to launching new destinations. The introduction of Business Class (C) is part and parcel and an integral part of our 20 X 20 strategy targeting our goal of carrying 20 million passengers yearly by 2020.
Al-Sarhan added: “We invite our guests to try our Business Class (C) and enjoy all of its features with competitive fares. We keep our promise to our guests to be ‘simply better’ in everything, making flying an enjoyable and comfortable experience appropriately priced for all of our guests.”
Since its launch in 2007, (NAZ) has carried >12 million passengers on 110,000 flights, with the highest rate of passenger growth recorded in 2013, when the passenger load hit >3 million. The recent re-branding and service upgrades have given (NAZ) the capability for further growth as the airline continues to expand by adding key destinations to its local, regional and international route map.
January 2014: flynas (NAZ), the Saudi Arabian low cost carrier (LCC), has started flights between the country’s capital Riyadh (RUH) and the Kuwaiti capital, Kuwait City (KWI). The 4x-weekly operation becomes (NAZ)’s fourth connection to Kuwait, joining existing flights from Jeddah (9x-weekly flights), Taif (4x-) and Madinah (2x-). The A320-operated service will face significant competition from the incumbents; Saudia (SVA) (10x-weekly services), Kuwait Airways (KUW) (seven) and Jazeera Airways (JZI) (four).
February 2014: flynas ((IATA) Code: XY, based at Riyadh) (NAZ) has retired the E190 from its fleet. The last of the Brazilian twinjets left the (NAZ)'s fleet in late October 2013 leaving it with twenty A320-200s and a single 747-400M on lease from Eaglexpress Air Charter ((ICAO) Code: EZX, based at Kuala Lumpur International). In recent months, flynas (NAZ) has undergone a major strategic shift which has seen it rebrand from nasair (Saudi Arabia), and introduce a new business (C) class product. (NAZ) also announced plans for long-haul routes to London and Paris to be served with an undisclosed number of leased A330s. According to flynas (NAZ)'s in-flight magazine, it also shows Casablanca International, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Karachi International, Kozhikode, Kuala Lumpur International, Lahore and Manchester International as other new planned international destinations.
April 2014: Previously an all-A320 operator, flynas (NAZ)((IATA) Code: XY, based at Riyadh) (NAZ) has taken delivery of its first of three A330s on lease from Hi Fly ((IATA) Code: 5K, based at Lisbon) (LXA) at a ceremony held at Riyadh on Saturday, March 28. (LXA), the Portuguese wet-lease (ACMI) specialist said (NZA) is leasing two A330-200s (494, CS-TRR & 1008, CS-TFZ), and an A330-300 (127, CS-TRI).
(NAZ), which is switching its business model from a low-cost carrier (LCC) to a hybrid model, is launching services to several new mid- and long-haul destinations: from Jeddah to Casablanca International, Islamabad, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Karachi International, Kuala Lumpur International, Lahore, London Gatwick, and Manchester International.
flynas (NAZ) continues to break away from the shackles of the traditional low-cost carrier (LCC) model, with +2 more long-haul routes, both starting on April 8th, and joining its recently launched operation to Kuala Lumpur. (NAZ)’s Jeddah (JED) hub was connected to London Gatwick (LGW) as well as Karachi (KHI), with only the latter encountering any direct competition. Saudia (SVA) (nine times weekly) and Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) (six) will be the combatants on the 2,881 km sector to Karachi, whereas to London Gatwick there will be no competition. However, both British Airways (BAB) and Saudia (SVA) do operate daily services from Jeddah into London Heathrow (LHR). Both new routes are flown thrice-weekly and are operated by the (LCC)’s 331-seat A330s.
The (LXA) leased A330s will be operated in a three-cabin, 327-seat configuration, comprising 12C business class, 24PY premium-economy class, and 291Y economy class seats.
flynas (NAZ) currently operates 24 airplanes to 12 countries, and serves 29 destinations, 52 routes and 99 daily flights.
July 2014: Royal Jordanian (RJA) and Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ) have announced they are dropping routes due to the stresses facing smaller Middle East carriers compared with the region’s giants.
(RJA), the Jordanian national airline, which has suffered increased costs from having to route flights around neighboring Syria due to the ongoing civil war there, will cease services to Mumbai (September 10), Lagos (October 10) and Delhi (October 31). This follows a series of service suspensions to Accra, Alexandria, Colombo, and Milan in April and May. Additionally, it has transferred its Sharm El Sheikh scheduled service to charter subsidiary, Royal Wings.
Announcing the route closures, Royal Jordanian (RJA) Chairman, President & (CEO) Nasser Lozi said the move was due to the “aggressive growth of regional competition,” as well as increased operating costs.
Major operators, such as Emirates Airline (EAD) and Etihad Airways (EHD), are sharply ramping up their services to Indian destinations.
Royal Jordanian (RJA) said it was facing difficulties due both to continuing instability in the region and high fuel prices. Lozi noted (RJA) had also been forced to suspend operations to no fewer than 7 destinations in the Middle East and North Africa due to security concerns over the past 2 years: Damascus, Aleppo, Tripoli, Benghazi, Misrata, Mosul, and Tel Aviv.
(RJA) has been in the red for the past few years and 2014’s figures will not be helped by the string of closures and suspensions.
(RJA) is awaiting the arrival of its Boeing 787s, which it sees as an important weapon in keeping a competitive edge. The 1st is due to arrive in August and 5 should be on line by the end of the year.
Meanwhile, flynas (NAZ) has announced it will drop its 3x-weekly Jeddah - Manchester routes from August 1, just 3 months after it inaugurated the route. The privately owned Saudi airline announced the service in March, using leased Airbus A330s as part of a major expansion plan into mid- and long-haul services.
With the 3-day Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Fitr beginning Monday, nobody from flynas (NAZ) was available to comment on reasons for the decision, but Saudia (SVA) met the launch of (NAZ)’s Manchester service by relaunching its own 3x-weekly, Jeddah - Manchester service around a week before the 1rst (NAZ) flight.
However, (NAZ) has said it remains committed to the UK market. flynas (NAZ) started its 3rd long-haul service into the UK this summer, with the launch of 2x-weekly services between Riyadh (RUH) and London Gatwick (LGW) on July 27th. The 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays) route, joins the Saudi Arabian (LCC)’s existing 3x-weekly operation to Jeddah launched in April from the London airport. Flown by its 331-seat A330-200s, the airport pair will encounter no direct competition, however, both British Airways (BAB) and Saudia (SVA) fly the city pair daily, but between London Heathrow (LHR) and Riyadh.
E190-100LR (0233, VP-CQX), ferried to Amman.
August 2014: A320-214 (2182, VP-CXD), EX-(B-6029), AerCap (DEA) leased.
October 2014: Saudi hybrid carrier, flynas (NAZ) has scrapped its entire portfolio of long-haul services and will revert to its core business of regional flights in the Middle East. Poor load factors were blamed for the change of course.
The demise of its Global Flight Routes Program comes less than a year after it was initially announced. (NAZ) was particularly seeking to carry religious tourists to Saudi Arabia and to use its Jeddah hub as a transit point between Europe and the Far East.
In March, (NAZ) announced it would start flights to Jakarta in Indonesia and Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, as well as to London Gatwick and Manchester in the UK. The last of those services survived for only three months before flynas (NAZ) pulled the plug.
The new routes were served with leased Airbus A330s. (NAZ) saw the long-haul routes as a way of building scale and helping it compete with larger local rivals.
On its website, flynas (NAZ) said it had suspended “all long-haul flight services on its Global Flight Routes Program, including all flights to London Gatwick. All passengers with tickets for the affected routes would receive a refund or alternative flights with other carriers. At (NAZ), we are constantly reviewing our route network to enhance operational efficiency and ensure that we continue to deliver value for money and an exceptional guest experience. As the load factors on the above routes have not met the company’s commercial expectations, (NAZ) is concentrating on enhancing its performance by focusing strongly on its successful domestic and regional services.”
November 2014: Saudi Arabia hybrid carrier, flynas (NAZ) has appointed a new (CEO) just weeks after it announced it was pulling back from its ambitious plans for a network of long-haul flights.
August 2015: News Item A-1: flynas ((IATA) Code: XY, based at Riyadh) (NAZ) has supplemented its Hajj charter fleet with a 747-400 (24065, PK-LHG) sourced from Indonesia's Lion Airlines ((IATA) Code: JT, based at Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta) (MLI). which joins another 747-400 (25628, 9M-ACM) leased from Malaysia's Eaglexpress Air Charter ((ICAO) Code: EZX, based at Kuala Lumpur International), an A330-300 sourced from AirAsia X (ASX) and a 757-200 wet-leased from Spain's Privilege Style ((IATA) Code: P6, based at Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan) (PVG) on Hajj duty for the Saudi carrier.
As previously announced, euroAtlantic Airways ((IATA) Code: YU, based at Lisbon) (MAE) will also base seven airplanes (1 777-200ER and 6 767-300ERs) out of Jeddah for flynas (NAZ) to ferry pilgrims from India, the (CIS) and Africa for the pilgrimage's duration.
News Item A-2: flynas (NAZ) currently operates airplanes to 12 countries, to 24 destinations on 45 routes and 138 daily flights.
2 A330-343E (952, 9M-XXA; 1433, 9M-XXK), ex-(F-WWKR & F-WWCS), AirAsia X (ASX) leased.
December 2015: flynas (NAZ) has launched services from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to the Kingdom of Bahrain, with the 1st of its 3x-weekly flights from Riyadh (RUH) landing at Bahrain (BAH) on December 1. 2 days later, (NAZ) began operations from Jeddah (JED) to the same (GCC) destination, again 3x-weekly. The new services to Bahrain expands (NAZ)’s reach to 26 destinations throughout the region. Bahrain is also the 3rd destination to be added to the flynas (GCC) network after Dubai and Kuwait.
January 2016: flynas (NAZ), the Saudi Arabian low cost carrier (LCC), has begun flights on its 4th route to Sudan on January 5, namely a 4x-weekly operation from Dammam (DMM) to Khartoum (KRT). The 2,153 km sector joins (NAZ)’s existing flights from Jeddah, Riyadh, and Madinah to the Sudanese capital, and reinforces flynas (NAZ)’s operation at Dammam, which is its 3rd largest in terms of weekly seats (behind Riyadh and Jeddah). Flown by (NAZ)’s A320 fleet, the route will face no direct competition.
March 2016: flynas (NAZ) started a new domestic city pair from the capital of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh (RUH), to Al Jouf (AJF) in the north of the country on March 8. The Saudi Arabian low cost carrier (LCC) started another domestic route with its A320 fleet from Riyadh to Al Qurayyat. The 842 km sector from the capital to Al Jouf will be flown 3x-weekly, and faces direct competition from flag carrier Saudia (SVA), which flies the city pair 24x-weekly. The new route becomes the 21st domestic service offered by (NAZ).
August 2016: 747-4F6 (28959, 9M-AZB), ex-(5N-RDK), wet-leased from Eaglexpress Air.
December 2016: Francois Bouteiller Chief Executive Officer (CEO) left FlyNas (NAZ) to take a similar position at a new local low cost carrier (LCC) called Salam Air (SLM).
January 2017: Saudi Arabian hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ) has ordered 80 Airbus A320neo family aircraft and taken purchase rights on a further 40. At list prices, the order is worth $8.6 billion. The 80 firm orders will be delivered between 2018 - 2026.
Making the announcement January 16, (NAZ) also revealed it is planning an Initial Public Offering (IPO). “We also look forward to being the 1st airline in Saudi Arabia to be successfully listed in the Saudi stock exchange.
A319-112 (1872, VP-CYF), ex-(HC-CKM), AerCap (DEA) leased.
October 2017: "Saudi Arabia Re-establishes Iraq Air Links" by
Alan Dron email@example.com, October 19, 2017.
Saudi hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ) operated the 1st direct flight between Riyadh and the Iraqi capital Baghdad October 17, ending a 27-year gap in services between the 2 countries.
Services ceased at the time of the 1st Gulf War in 1990, when Saddam Hussein’s Iraqi regime invaded Kuwait.
It took until August 2017 for the atmosphere between the 2 Arab nations to warm sufficiently for them to sign an (MOU) on the resumption of direct air services. An agreement was signed this week in Baghdad allowing the start of services.
Flynas (NAZ) said it plans to start flights between several Saudi and Iraqi cities “in the coming weeks,” without giving further details.
The 1st commercial flight occurred October 18 when a (NAZ) A320 arrived at Baghdad International Airport. Film on the airline’s Twitter feed showed the aircraft taxiing in to the traditional water-arch salute.
November 2017: flynas (NAZ) has now added its 2nd international route from Abha (AHB) in SW Saudi Arabia, with it beginning a weekly (Thursdays) A320-operated service to Dubai (DXB) on November 30. The 1,524 km sector joins (NAZ)s only other non-domestic route to Cairo, and the 9 inter-Saudi Arabian services it also flies from the airport.
Fellow low cost carrier (LCC) flydubai (FDB) provides robust competition on the city pair, with it already operating an 18x-weekly rotation from the (UAE) mega-hub.
April 2018: "Saudi’s Flynas Looks to Dry-lease Market for Pilgrimage Surge" by Alan Dron (firstname.lastname@example.org), April 30, 2018.
flynas (NAZ) again plans to increase its exposure to the long-haul sector, as it seeks to take advantage of growing numbers of religious travelers to the country.
(NAZ) had a brief foray into the long-haul market in 2014, when it launched services to several Far East nations, as well as to the UK and Morocco, using leased Airbus A330s. The venture was halted within months, when load factors failed to live up to expectations.
“We’re looking at returning to the long-haul market on a dry-lease basis,” flynas (NAZ) Senior VP Commercial Paul Byrne said.
“It’s a matter of economics more than anything. Previously, we used wet-lease quite heavily for the Haj [pilgrimage] period, which is around 4 to 5 weeks’ flying. The amount of money we paid for those would almost pay for a year’s dry lease.”
Dry-leasing is becoming an even more attractive option because of the growth in religious travel to the Muslim shrines in Mecca and Medina, whose facilities have recently been expanded to allow them to handle more pilgrims. Additionally, Saudi authorities have extended the period during which Muslims can perform the 2nd pilgrimage, the Umrah, to 10 months of the year. As a result, (NAZ)’s plans to move back to long-haul operations have “more to do with the pilgrimages than changing the business model per se,” Byrne said.
“Umrah starts in mid- to late October this year and we would look to be in a position to be flying these [dry-leased] planes by then.”
Flynas (NAZ) operates a fleet of Airbus A320s; commonality between the A320 and A330 allows swift conversion of crews between the 2 types.
(NAZ) is scheduled to start receiving the 1st of an order for 80 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft this year. If (NAZ) decides to expand its own fleet into the long-haul sector, the contract with Airbus contains the option of switching some of the ordered aircraft to the longer-ranged A321neoLR or even A330s, he said.
Deliveries of the 1st A320neo had been somewhat delayed by delays of engines from manufacturers to Airbus at Toulouse and Hamburg, he added, but (NAZ) has still expected to receive at least 1 aircraft by year-end.
May 2018: Turkish Technic (THY) has a 5-year flynas (NAZ) contract to provide Airbus A320 component pooling.
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NAZ-737-2Q8 - 2011-12
NAZ-A320 - 2014-10
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1 737-2Q8 (JT8D-15A HK) (642-21960, /80 E3-NAS "DALIA" - - SEE PHOTO TAKEN AT DUBAI 2011-12 - - "NAZ-737-2Q8 - 2011-12"), 2006-12, EX-(EX-214). 124Y.
1 737-268 (JT8D-15) (468-21276, /76 E3-NAM "NADIA"), ITEK AIR LEASED 2009-04. STORED. 8F, 112Y.
0 737-7AJ BBJ (CFM56-7B26) (1217-33499, /02 HZ-MF2), WINGLETS. LEASED. RTND (NTJ). (VIP).
0 737-7FG (CFM56-7B26) (1204-33405, /02 HZ-MMF1), WINGLETS. LEASED. RETURNED (NTJ). (VIP).
2 737-800 (CFM56-7B) (32693, VT-SGE; 33699, VT-SGS), ROJ) WET-LEASED FOR HAJJ SEASON 2012-08.
0 747-400 (25701, 9M-MPD), EAGLEXPRESS AIR CHARTER WET-LEASED 2013-02 FOR TRANSPORTING PILGRIMS.
1 747-4F6 (28959, 9M-AZB), EX-(5N-RDK), EAGLEXPRESS AIR LEASED 2016-12.
2 +18 ORDERS A319-100 (1872, VP-CYF, 2017-01;1886) WET-LEASED TO (OAW) FOR CHARTER SERVICES 2013-02, EX-(HC-CKM).
18/18 ORDERS A320-200 (CFM56-5B) FAMILY AIRPLANES. 180Y:
1 A320-200 (376, SX-BTP), (GSW) WET-LEASED 2012-07.
1 A320-200 (2569, 9K-CAA), (JZI) WET-LEASED 2013-06.
80/40 ORDERS (2018-02) A320neo (CFM56-5B) FAMILY AIRPLANES
0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (438, /93; 445, /93 EC-JTA (SEE PHOTO), EX-(GUL), OASIS INTERNATIONAL LEASING LSD. (LTE) WET-LEASED 2007-12. RETURNED. 180Y.
2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2776, VP-CXM; 5716, VP-CXJ), 2013-07. 180Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2123, /03 VP-CXU, 2010-08 - SEE PHOTO), EX-(ATS), (LTE) WET-LEASED. (GEF) LEASED 2010-08. 180Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2182, VP-CXD), EX-(B-6029), AERCAP (DEA) LEASED 2014-08. 180Y.
2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3868, VP-CXO; 4055, V-CXK), EX-(OE-IBV; & M-ABGC), (GEF) LEASED 2011-07. 180Y.
4 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/3) (3361, /08 VP-CXZ, 2008-01; 3396, /08 VP-CXY, 2008-02; 3425, /08 VP-CXX, 2008-03; 3475, /08 VP-CXW, 2008-04), (ILF) LEASED. 180Y.
2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3787, /09 VP-CXS, 2009-02; 3894, /09 VP-CXR, 2009-05), (TCI) LEASED. 180Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3817, /09 VP-CXT), (TCI) LEASED 2009-03. 180Y.
1 A320-232 (5158, LZ-MDR), AIR VIA (VIM) WET-LEASED 2013-04.
1 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (261, 9M-AZL), EX-(G-SMAN) GUGGENHEIM LEASED 2015-11.
2 A330-243 (TRENT 772B-60) (494, CS-TRR; 1008, /09 CS-TFZ), EX-(JMA), (ILF) LEASED 2009-04. ALL WHITE COLORS, (LXA) LEASED 2014-04. 42C, 288Y
1 A330-322 (PW4168) (087, /95 CS-TQF; 127, CS-TRI), 087; RETURNED. 127 (LXA) LEASED 2014-04. 12C, 24PY, 291Y.
2 A330-343X (952, 9M-XXA; 1433, 9M-XXK), AIRASIA X (ASX) LEASED 2015-08.
0 EMBRAER E190-200AR (CF34-10E7) (0157, /08 VP-CQS; 0169, /08 HZ-NQB; 0217, /08 VQ-CQZ; 0227, /08 VQ-CQY; 0232, /08 VP-CQW, 2009-01; 0233, /08 VP-CQX), (GEF) LEASED. FOR (NAZ) OPERATIONS. 0157; 169; LEASED TO WINDROSE (WRC) 2009-06 AS (UR-WRG). ALL 6 RETIRED BY 2013-10. 110Y.
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NAZ-ABDULLAH GHANEM AL GHANEM-2011-07
NAZ-BANDER ABDULRAHMAN AL MOHANNA-2011-07
NAZ-FAHAD AL RUBAYA-2011-07
NAZ-NAIEM AL SHABANAH-2011-07
NAZ-SULIMAN ABDULLAH AL HAMDAN-2011-07
SULIMAN ABDULLAH AL-HAMDAN, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) NAS HOLDING.
Mr Al-Hamdan is a well known, top Saudi executive with a proven record of achievements in the banking sector of Saudi Arabia. Mr Al-Hamdan is the former Deputy Managing Director of the Saudi British Bank (SABB) where he was responsible for all customer-facing Departments in the Bank, including Corporate & Commercial Banking, Private Banking, the entire Branch Network, plus Institutional Banking.
Mr Al-Hamdan holds a Master of Business Administration with concentration on Two Majors: Management & Organization, and Marketing from The University of New Haven, Connecticut, USA.
BANDER ABDULRAHMAN AL MOHANNA, (CEO) NAS HOLDING.
Mr Al-Mohanna joined the company in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) to lead the Financial department of the company and has since been elevated to Deputy (CEO) (NAS) Holding.
Mr Al-Mohanna acquired a Master of Science in Actuarial & Financial Mathematics Degree from The University of Michigan –Ann Arbor in 2002.
In 1998, he earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from The American University in Washington DC. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (in 1993).
SIMON STEWART, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) COMMERCIAL AIRLINES, EX-EASYJET (EZY).
Simon is the (CEO) of nasair (NAZ). His background is principally with low cost airline operations having spent the last 12 years with easyJet (EZY) in a number of senior managerial roles and as a line Captain. He was previously responsible for the implementation and development of the (EZY) Safety Management System (SMS) and Fatigue Risk Management System (FRMS). He has been a member of the (ICAO) (FRMS) Sub-committee and is currently on the (ICAO) (FRMS) Task Force generating guidance material for member states. He is a founding member of the world’s 1st (FRMS) International Forum and also initiated a 3-year research program with (NASA) Ames Research Center on (FRMS) development. He has published 8 papers on (SMS) and (FRMS) in airline operations and is documenting his work as part of his postgraduate studies at City University London.
TAHER AGUEEL, PRESIDENT.
JASON HOLT, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).
PAUL BYRNE, Senior VP Commercial.
NAIEM AL SHABANAH, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR GROUP HUMAN RESOURCES (HR) & ADMINISTRATION.
Mr Al Shabanah is a graduate of King Saud University in 1990 (Bachelor in Psychology). Naiem has attended several seminars, workshops, and specialized training courses in Human Resources Management and Organizational Behavior both inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
MANSOOR AL-HARBI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
FAHAD AL RUBAYA, DIRECTOR GROUND OPERATIONS, EX-(SVA).
Mr Al Rubaya has >25 years experience with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA). He joined nasair (NAZ) in 2007 in the capacity of a Regional Manager – Western Province for the Ground Operations Department. Fondly called “Abu Abdullah”, he is known for his calm and quiet nature when providing effective solutions to complex issues.
Mr Al Rubaya was instrumental in the successful launch of several new markets by ensuring that the Ground Handling aspects at these stations operate seamlessly.
WAEL AL-SARHAN, DIRECTOR MARKETING & COMMUNICATION.
ABDULLAH GHANEM AL GHANEM, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO).
Mr Abdullah Al Ghanim graduated in 1993 as a Computer Engineer from The College of Computer & Information Technology at K.S.U. He later joined (SABB) Information Technology (IT) department in 1994 as a project leader for (ATM) systems, and was assigned as an (IT) Development Manager in 2001. During that time, he was in charge of heading a team responsible for all mission critical systems of the bank, such as the (ATM) system, Call Center, Internet Banking, B2B, (SADAD), credit card system, Website and Intranet.
TURKI ABDULLAH AL JAWINI, GENERAL SALES DIRECTOR.
Mr Turki Abdullah Al Jawini holds a bachelor’s degree in (CIS) from Clarion University, PA and a Diploma in Financial Planning from the Institute of Banking in Riyadh. This, along with a mixture of career experiences ranging from various industries such as Media, Banking and Investment makes Mr Turki an ambassador of diverse business entities. His tenure at nasair (NAZ) began as Deputy Director Ground Operation Service, where he raised the level of customer satisfaction.
Mr Turki now oversees the international sales force and key account managers for an operation that serves markets reaching throughout the Middle East, North Africa and into South Asia.