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Formed in 1998. Started operations in 2005. D B A "Al-Khayala." Established by Saudi aviation company, National Air Services. Executive, corporate, charter, jet airplane services.
PO BOX 18118
Jeddah 21415, 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.
September 2004: Joint venture of NetJets Inc, Gulfstream Aerospace, & Makshaff Services Ltd.
2 A319-112's (1086, F-OHJX; 1124, F-OHJY), BNP Paribas leased. Will be deployed on (NTJ)'s Al-Khayala business class (C) shuttle service between the Saudi capital Riyadh and the main business center, Jeddah (see photo).
August 2005: Besides charter services, also leases airplanes to NetJets Middle East (NJF), a fractional ownership program, in which an owner purchases a portion of the shares in an individual airplane and contract National Air Services (NTJ) to manage it.
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.
National Air Services (NTJ) has placed an order for 5 A318 Elite airplanes. Delivery will begin in the last quarter of 2006. The airline also took options for an additional 5 airplanes. The A318 corporate jetliner carries between 14 to 18 (F) passengers and has a range of up to 4,000 miles/6,400 km.
December 2005: NetJets Europe (NEU) has launched "NetJets 10," which allows 100 customers from December until April, to take to the skies in a business jet with a short-term commitment of just 10 hours. For 35,000 pounds, NetJets Europe (NEU) 10 holders can fly to destinations across Europe and pay only for hours in the air.
August 2006: EasyJet (EZY) said it was contacted by Saudi Arabian start-up National Air Services (NTJ) and Abraaj Capital of Dubai, about using the easyJet (EZY) brand for the private domestic and regional airline that the Middle Eastern companies are looking to establish, according to press reports. The UK carrier said it would not invest any equity or cash in the new carrier and it likely will not make a decision about franchising its brand before next year.
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 four 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.
National Air Services (NTJ) has sealed a sale and lease agreement for 2 A319s and 4 business jets with Abu Dhabi-based Oasis International Leasing. The agreement covers the sale of an A319 already on lease from Oasis to (NTJ) as well as the lease by (NTJ) of an A319 in corporate configuration. (NTJ) is also leasing 2 Gulfstream IVs and 2 Raytheon Hawker 800XPs from Oasis.
A319-112 (1886, C-GKOC), ex-Skyservice (SKB), Oasis Leasing leased.
December 2006: National Air Services (NTJ) of Saudi Arabia said it will order 75 total airplanes from Airbus (EDS), Gulfstream and Raytheon in a $2 billion purchase. (NTJ), which launched operations in 1999 offering ownership stakes in business jets, will buy the airplanes before 2010, as part of a plan to create a 100-strong fleet, according to "Reuters." (NTJ) won Saudi Arabia's 1st private airline passenger license this month and will launch low-cost domestic services next year. It can start international flights in 2009. (NTJ)'s plans are a significant upgrade from its launch announcement at the 2005 Dubai Air Show.
February 2007: Scheduled flights with A319 (44 passengers) are operated under the name "Al-Khayala" (http://www.al-khayala.com). Low cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary, Nas Air (NAZ), takes delivery of 1st A320-214 (EC-ISI), ex-Air Asturias (ATS).
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.
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, 1st 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 "nas air (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.
Nas air (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. It will add four 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 the airline's load factor is "pushing" 80% LF. He added that the carrier 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. Nas air (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.
One 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 the manufacturer, and a separate agreement with (GECAS) (GEF) for 3 more E190s and 2 E195s. The airplanes will be operated by its nas air (NAZ) low-fare airline. The 5 firm airplanes ordered from the manufacturer, 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," nas air (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: ILFC) (ILF) announced a lease deal with National Air Services (NTJ) of Saudi Arabia for 4 new A320-200s powered by (CFM56-5B4/3)s, to be delivered next January through April under 8-year leases.
March 2008: NetJets (EXF)'s owner, Warren Buffet (recently recognized as the world's richest man) said that his recently formed NetJets Europe (NEU) now has "real momentum." After losing a cumulative $212 million in its 1st 10 years, NetJets Europe (NEU) earnings tripled in 2007. NetJets (EXF) now operates 487 airplanes in the USA, and 135 in Europe, "a fleet >3x the size of that of our 3 major competitors combined," said Buffet.
Fractional ownership provider NetJets Europe (NEU) plans to hire >200 flight crew (FC) in 2008, having employed +341 new pilots (FC) in 2007.
NetJets Europe (NEU) said its workforce rose by +33% in 2007, to just >1,650, including 908 pilots (FC). (NEU) expects to employ >2,000 people by the end of 2008.
The Lisbon, Portugal-based operator's minimum requirement for direct-entry First Officers is 1,500 flight hours experience, but said pilots (FC) hired in 2007 averaged >4,000 hours.
NetJets Europe (NEU) is a joint venture between NetJets (EXF), Air Luxor (rebranded as "Hi Fly" (LXA) in October 2005), and Zimex Aviation and is operated by (NTA) - NetJets Transportes Aereos.
April 2008: Al-Khayala (NTJ) is a private Saudi Arabian premium-class carrier operating scheduled services between Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dammam. An international scheduled service links Riyadh with Dubai. Charter services within the Gulf region are also flown.
(IATA) Code: XY. (ICAO) Code: KNE.
Parent organization/shareholders: National Air Services (100%).
October 2009: National Air Services (NTJ) is recruiting Flight Crew (FC) and applicants can apply online. NetJets (NEU)/(EXF) has implemented a new online flight crew (FC) application system. Although the company is not currently hiring pilots (FC), they do encourage interested (FC) applicants to submit their profile in the new online system for future consideration. They have no pilots (FC) on furlough.
July 2010: A319-112 (1124, JY-JRE), sold to Royal Falcon (RFJ), Jordan.
December 2010: Lufthansa (DLH) and Netjets Europe (NEU) are close to announcing a major cooperation agreement. As part of the agreement, Netjets (NEU) will take over corporate jet flying as part of the Lufthansa Private Jet scheme next year replacing Lufthansa (DLH)ís
own fleet of corporate airplanes.
(DLH) has used (NEU) in the past when it originally launched its private jet offering. But the work was taken in-house in 2008 when (DLH) Group subsidiary, Swiss International Air Lines (CSR) bought Zurich-based, Servair Private Charter. The unit (then called Swiss Private Aviation) operated 5 Cessna Citation CJ1s, CJ3s and XLS+ on behalf of Lufthansa (DLH). However, (DLH)ís clients used the service in a different way than expected. While (DLH) saw the offering mainly as hub feeding and de-feeding into secondary airports, passengers instead booked many secondary airport to secondary airport trips that became prohibitively expensive for the operator because they mean a significant amount of positioning flights. As a Swiss company, Swiss Private Aviation also was not allowed to fly German domestic routes. The offering was also limited to Europe.
Industry sources say Lufthansa (DLH) hopes the large European
Netjets Europe (NEU) fleet will make empty positioning flights a much smaller problem and the scheme can be expanded at least to North America through Netjets. Officials say that the Lufthansa (DLH) Private Jet offering is not in doubt. However, Swiss Private Aviation is expected to shut down with its 60 employees to be transferred to other positions in the group.
February 2011: National Air Services (NTJ) is recruiting pilots (FC). Flight crew (FC) applicants can apply online.
January 2012: National Air Services (NTJ) is accepting Flight Crew (FC) pilot resumes. Applicants can apply on the company web site.
January 2014: Saudi Arabia started opening up its aviation market in 2012 by awarding additional carrier licenses. Population growth and rapidly rising incomes mean there is considerable room for expansion, analysts believe.
Currently, only Saudia (SVA) and budget airline, National Air Services (NTJ) serve a domestic market of about 27 million people. Foreign carriers can only fly in and out of Saudi Arabia, not within the country.
April 2014: National Air Services (NTJ) is the #7th largest Middle East operator by fleet size in 2015. (NTJ)'s fleet includes Boeing (TBC), Embraer (EMB) and Airbus (EDS) airplanes. The (NTJ) fleet grew from 34 airplanes in 2014 to 46 airplanes in 2015.
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1 737-7AJ BBJ (CFM56-7B26) (1217-33499, /02 HZ-MF2), WINGLETS. (VIP).
1 737-7FG (CFM56-7B26) (1204-33405, /02 HZ-MMF1), WINGLETS. (VIP).
1 767-3P6ER (CF6-80C2) (522-27524, /93 VP-BKS), EX-(GUL), (KLB) OPERATIONS.
2 +3/5 ORDERS (2006-10) A318-111 (ACJ) ELITE (CFM56-5B8/P) (3238, /07 VP-CKS, 2007-09; 3530, /08 VP-CKH* 2008-05), *EXECUTIVE JET AIRCRAFT LEASED. CORPORATE EXECUTIVE. 18F:
0 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/2P) (1086, /99 F-OHJX; 1124, /99 F-OHJY), (BNP) PARIBAS LEASED 2004-09. 1124; TO ROYAL FALCON, JORDAN. RETURNED. 44F.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/2P) (1494, /01 HZ-AJW), SILVER WING II LEASED 2008-08. EXECUTIVE.
1 A319-112 (CFM56-5B6/P) (1886, /03 VP-CAN), EX-(SKB), (AWW) LEASED 2006-08. 44F. EXECUTIVE.
20/18 ORDERS (2012-02) A320-200 (CFM56-5B), TO BE WET-LEASED TO (NAZ). 182Y:
4 ORDERS (2008-01) A320-200 (CFM56-5B4/3), (ILF) 8 YEAR LEASED TO (NAZ).
1 A320-214CJ (CFM56-5B4/P) (2165, /04 HZ-XY7), EXECUTIVE.
0 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2403, VP-CMS), NOW WITH ABU DHABI AMIRI FLIGHT (ABD) 2009-08. (VIP).
1 A320-232CJ V2527-A5) (3402, /08 VP-CSS), SAAD GROUP LEASED 2009-09. EXECUTIVE.
1 A340-642X (TRENT 556-61) (779, VP-CCC - SEE PHOTO - - "NTJ-A340-APR08"), (VIP).
5/5/12 ORDERS EMBRAER E190. FOR (NAZ) OPERATIONS. 114Y.
3 EMBRAER E190, (GEF) LEASED. FOR (NAZ) OPERATIONS. 114Y.
2 ORDERS (2008-02) EMBRAER E195, (GEF) LEASED. FOR (NAZ) OPERATIONS. 118Y.
3 RAYTHEON HAWKER 800XP (TFE731-5BR-1H) (258481, /00 HZ-KSRC; 258464, /00 N828NS; 258475, /00 N829NS), LEASED TO NETJETS MIDDLE EAST (NJF). CORPORATE. 7F.
3 DASSAULT FALCON 2000 (CFE738-101B) (121, /00 HZ-KSDA; 133, /01 HZ-KSDB; 142, /01 KZ-KSDC; 171, /01 F-ORAV), 121 RETURNED. LEASED TO (NJF). CORPORATE, 10F.
1 GULFSTREAM GIV-SP (TAY 611-8) (1437, /01 N437GA), CORPORATE. 13F.
YOUSEF EL-MAIMANI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
TAHER AGUEEL, PRESIDENT.
ANAS RAYES, MANAGING DIRECTOR.
MUNTSER AL GHOOSON, HEAD OF FLIGHT OPERATIONS.