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Formed in 2005 and started operations in 2006. Sister company of HAMRA AIR. Scheduled & charter, regional & international, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
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UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) (AL IMARAT AL-ARABIYA AL-MUTTAHIDA): POPULATION: 3.5 MILLION. A FEDERATION OF 7 SHEIKDOMS, UNDER BRITISH PROTECTION UNTIL 1971, THE (UAE) HAS ROCKETED IN A GENERATION FROM RURAL AND POOR, TO URBAN AND OIL-RICH. THE MEMBER STATES ARE ABU DHABI, AJMAN, DUBAI, FUJAIRAH, RAS-AL-KHAIMAH, SHARJAH, & UMM-AL-QIWAIN. A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR TOURISTS TO THE ARABIAN PENINSULAR, THE (UAE) IS NOTABLE FOR ITS LARGE POPULATION OF GUEST EX-PATRIOT WORKERS, MANY FROM INDIA AND PAKISTAN, AND ITS GENERALLY PROGRESSIVE ATTITUDE TOWARD WOMEN. THE (UAE) COVERS AN AREA OF 83,600 SQ KM AND ITS CAPITAL CITY IS ABU DHABI. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
RAK Airways (Hamra Air) was established through an Emiri decree as a national carrier for Ras al-Khaimah.
Ras Al-Khaimah is one of the seven cities in the United Arab Emirates. It covers an area of 656 square miles (1700 sq km). Ras Al Khaimah is in the northern part of the Arabian Peninsula. It is ruled by Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad al-Qasimi. It is in the northern part of the (UAE) bordering Oman. The emirate has a population of about 250,000 inhabitants.
The city has a population of 191,753 as of 2007. It is served by the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport. The city has two main sections: Old Ras Al Khaimah, and Nakheel on either side of the creek, which flows through Ras Al Khaimah.
An adventurous and spell-binding place, Ras Al-Khaimah is considered as the 'Wild West' of the United Arab Emirates. Its ferocity and beauty is seen in its traditions and scenery. Based on a history that reaches the Bronze-Age, Ras Al-Khaimah was the hub for advancing civilizations around the Arabian Gulf as early as the Ubaid period, which was around 5000-3800 BC. The pearl-market was a major income for this place and it suffered greatly when there was a drop in the demand for pearl in the early 20th Century, but by the 1980s, this emirate received its economical boost after discovering its offshore Saleh oil fields and has become a major industrialist ever since.
The city of Ras Al Khaimah, the capital of the emirate, is divided into two parts by a water gill named Khour Ras Al Khaimah. The western part is known as the Old Ras Al Khaimah and comprises Ras Al Khaimah Museum and some of the governmental departments. While the eastern part, known as Al Nakheel, comprises the Ruler's office, governmental departments and commercial companies. The two parts are connected via a large bridge built across Al Khour that facilitates traffic between them.
An important part of the emirate is the Khour Khuwayr industrial area, that lies about 25 km to the north of Ras Al Khaimah. It comprises various industrial ventures like cement, gravel and marble. It includes also the main export port (Saqr Port), and the Remis district whose inhabitants have been working as fishermen for quite a long time. There is also the Digdaga district, that is famous for its agricultural projects and houses the biggest pharmaceutical factory in the whole Gulf known as Julphar. Other important districts are Al Hamraniah which is an agricultural area, containing the RAS Al Khaimah International Airport, the Khaat area, a tourist resort that is well renowned for its thermal springs, and visited by tourists for treatment, and Masafi district, that is well known for its orchards and natural potable water.
So if one wants to embark upon a journey of cultural experiences, daring sports or relaxing undertakings, then travel to Ras al-Khaimah and enjoy the ultimate Arabian Experience.
History: The city was historically known as Julfar. Sources say that Julfar was inhabited by the Azd (They were a branch of the Kahlan tribe, which was one of the two branches of Qahtan (the aboriginal Arabs), the other being Himyar) during the eighth and ninth centuries AD, and that the houses of the Azd were built of wood. In the early 18th century, the Qawasim clan (Huwayla tribe) established itself in Ras al-Khaimah.
After British occupation (18 December 1819 - July 1821), Sheikh Sultan bin Saqr al-Qasimi signed in 1822 the General Maritime Treaty with Britain, accepting a protectorate keeping the Ottoman Turks out. Like Ajman, Dubai, Umm al-Qaiwain and Sharjah, its position on the route to India made it important enough to be recognized as a salute state (be it of the lowest class: only 3 guns).
In 1869, Ras al-Khaimah became fully independent from Sharjah. However, from September 1900 to 7 July 1921, it was re-incorporated into Sharjah, its neighbour; the last governor became its next independent ruler.
Transportation: Within Ras Al Khaimah, metered taxis are the main mode of transport (formerly the fare was negotiable between driver and passenger but all non-metered taxis were phased out by the year 2001). Buses are also available, but only on long-haul routes and they cater mainly to people residing in far-flung towns viz: Sha`am, Rams, Jazeerah-al-Hamra etc.
Emirate-to-Emirate: Ras Al Khaimah is connected to emirates like Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah by taxis which often embark from the taxi-stand located south of Al Dhaid town near the new RAK Police Headquarters. Engaged taxis are available on request to Dubai and to Abu Dhabi. Cars are available for rent from various Rent-A-Cars companies.
Highways: Three free-flowing dual-carriageways link Ras Al Khaimah with the other emirates and beyond. One follows the coast with beaches on the one side and stretches of desert on the other; the other, new route runs out towards the airport in the direction of Khatt, Masafi, Fujairah, and Thaid, and further onto Oman.
Nowadays, the newly constructed 'Emirates Highway' is being used by most motorists. The highway traverses the emirates of Umm Al Quwain, Ajman (60km), and Sharjah (71km), to finally end up in Dubai (87km). Most travellers would agree that it connects Ras Al Khaimah to Dubai in under 45 minutes.
Seaport: Saqr Port, located in the industrial area of Khor Khuwair is the Emirate's main port providing bulk and container services. It has eight deep water berths, each 200 m long, is dredged to 12.2 m and has two ro-ro ramps plus specialized berths for handling bulk cement and aggregate. Other services include ship handling, crew changes and 40,000 m2 of covered storage together with a vast open storage area. It is also the closest port in the (UAE) to Bandar Abbas in Iran.
Airport: The Ras Al Khaimah International Airport is currently undergoing an upgrade. It operates cargo and passenger services to a variety of destinations covering the Middle East, North & East Africa, Central Asia, India, and the Far East. In total, 27 airlines including Gulf Air (GUL), Egypt Air (EGP), Indian Airlines (AIN)/(IND), Aeroflot (ARO), Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), and many other airlines operate scheduled and non-scheduled flights. Open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week, the airport has an "open skies" policy with no restrictions on frequencies and time of arrival/departure; offers competitive tariffs and storage facilities; is not congested, and has a full offering of duty free goods among other services.
Spaceport: On February 17th 2006, "Space Adventures" announced its plans to develop a $265 million commercial spaceport in Ras Al-Khaimah (Ras Al Khaimah spaceport) for the purposes of space tourism.
Exciting Places: 1. Hot springs of Ain Khat; 2. Al Ghail wadi (mawred) it's posted in this site by Muthad Rashed, this wadi (in my opinion) has the best nature sights in United Arab Emirates. 3. Awafi desert, especially in winter, it has wonderful weather and nature during that time, you can do camping and enjoying by seeing Camel races or car races. 4. Al Manar mall, the best shopping center in RAK, you can go shopping there or escape from the hot weather!!
February 2006: The Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah has announced the creation of RAK Airways (RAK), with plans to start operations by the end of the year. The airline is in talks with Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) and wants to begin operations with 8 airplanes to service cities in Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Iran, Lebanon, the Philippines and SriLanka amongst others.
Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) intends to set up its own 'national' airline. The new carrier would be the fourth (UAE)-based airline to offer scheduled passenger services, following Emirates (EAD), Etihad Airways (EHD) and low-fare carrier Air Arabia (ABZ). Ras Al Khaimah Airways (RAK) is eyeing a fleet of up to 20 airplanes and the first flight is planned next year. It will initially launch service to Asia and the Middle East, before expanding to Europe. Last September, a group of Arab investors announced plans to build a $500 million tourist and residential resort in the emirate.
The northern emirate's ruler, Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed al-Qassimi, issued a decree to set up RAK Airways (RAK) with a capital of 850 million dirhams/US$231.4 million. The new airline is being formed with the aim of developing travel and tourism to the region.
March 2006: 1st 737-301 (23553, N350US), ex-US Air (USA), Global Aircraft Solutions, Arizona leased, delivery (see photo), with name changed from "RAK Airways" to new brand name "Hamra Air." There is a Hamra Air (Tel: +971 (7) 244 82 00; FAX: +971 (7) 244 82 16), that operates a Hawker 800A (B Ae 125-800B) (258202, /91 A6-MAA), (firstname.lastname@example.org), and is headed by Dr Thaher Massaad at address: PO Box 30024, Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
June 2006: Ras Al Khaimah International Airport will invest $272 million through the end of 2008 on the first phase of an expansion program that will continue until 2020, according to "Emirates Today." The upgrade will involve the construction of a cargo warehouse, arrivals and departures halls and a hotel.
Parent organization/shareholders: RAS al-Khaimah government.
Main Base: Ras al-Khaimah International Airport (RKT).
September 2006: RAK Airways (RAK), a new airline based in Ras al-Khaimah (UAE), will launch operations in January 2007. The airline is planning to start service with an owned 737 and a leased 757. In its first year, (RAK) will fly twice a week to 15 destinations, including India and Iran, with more countries added in 2008, including Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. In 2009, the airline is looking to operate more than 10 airplanes with new routes to Russia and (CIS) countries Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan, and possibly charters to Europe.
May 2007: Revises start date to this month for its passenger jet airplane operations. Initially plans to fly to cities in India and Iran, including Mumbai, Delhi, Tehran and Isfahan.
Appoints Kishu Tekchandani as the new CEO.
June 2007: RAK Airways (RAK), based at Ras Al Khaimah, operated its first flight on June 23, becoming the United Arab Emirates' fourth commercial airline. It currently has one 757 and is in the process of acquiring two or three 737-800s, according to the Arab Air Carriers Organization. The first flight was to Turkey, with services to India, Pakistan, Egypt and Lebanon planned from October 1.
Struggling Middle Eastern start-up carrier RAK Airways (RAK) has lost Chief Executive, Kishu Teckchandani just four months after he was brought in to succeed former head, Jack Romero. RAK Airways (RAK) confirmed that Teckchandani has left the Ras Al Khaimah-based airline, which has suffered a number of setbacks in its bid to become the United Arab Emirates’ fourth flag-carrier. The airline has replaced him with Chief Operating Officer (COO), Khalid Almeer. A source close to the company says: “As of now, he’s the one in charge of the company.”
RAK Airways (RAK), which has been battling to establish operations, has not given a reason for Teckchandani’s leaving. He was appointed in February this year after the equally-sudden departure of Jack Romero.
Khalid Almeer has served as a pilot (FC) for Gulf Air (GUL), Qatar Airways (QTA), and Etihad Airways (EHD) on several Boeing (TBC) and Airbus (EDS) airplane types.
RAK Airways (RAK) has a 757-200 airplane and conducted its first service, a charter flight to Turkey, on 23 June, but it is unclear whether this operation will be sustained. The carrier had been planning to perform scheduled flights to a number of destinations in Iran and India.
July 2007: Plans to buy 2 737-800s from Boeing (TBC) and lease +2 more of the airplanes. The average list price of each airplane is $70 million, although significant discounts are common.
November 2007: RAK Airways (RAK), the Ras al-Khaimah-based start-up, operated its inaugural flight to Beirut (a thrice-weekly service) and also launched service to Colombo (thrice-weekly), Sofia (weekly) and Dhaka (thrice-weekly) with 757s. The carrier said it will unveil routes to India, Nepal, Qatar and Tanzania in the next three months "as part of an ambitious growth strategy." COO, Khalid Almeer said (RAK) will acquire 6 to 8 narrow body airplanes within two years and serve 20 destinations in the Gulf, South Asia, the Middle East, and East Africa. "We estimate approximately 1 million passengers a year and the annual projected growth over the next 2 to 3 years is +20%," Almeer said.
Has wet-leased its 757-256 (29311, A6-RKA), to AtlasJet International (ABE). Has postponed start-up of scheduled services from Ras al-Khainah. Will undertake flights to India, Bangladesh, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iran, Egypt, and Lebanon with an initial fleet of eight airplanes. The 737-300 has since been sold. Has added an A318 Elite (1599, A6-AAM), for VIP charter operations.
February 2008: RAK Airways (RAK), the United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based startup, that launched service from Ras al-Khaimah in November, selected Boeing (TBC) to provide its narrow body fleet. It placed an order for four 737-800s plus two options worth AED1.65 billion/$449.2 million, it said in a statement cited by numerous press reports from the (UAE).
(RAK) started flying last fall to Beirut, Colombo, Sofia, and Dhaka with leased 757s. It said it plans to start flights to India in April , and fly to 20 destinations within the next two years.
March 2008: Starts flying from Ras al-Khaimah to Chittagong, its second destination in Bangladesh.
April 2008: RAK Airways (RAK) links the northernmost emirate of Ras al-Khaimah with Beirut, Colombo, Chittagong, Dhaka, and Sofia.
(IATA) Code: RT. (ICAO) Code: RKM - (Callsign - RAKAIR).
Parent organization/shareholders: Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi (100%).
Main Base: Ras al-Khaimah International airport (RKT).
Starts operating daily from Ras al-Khaimah to Kozhikode (Calicut), its first destination in India.
A318-112 Elite (1588, A6-AAM), delivered ex-(D-AIJA).
May 2008: 757-230 (24737, N741PA), Primaris (PRM) wet-leased - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "RAK-757-2008-05."
December 2008: Suspends all operations due to technical difficulties with its airplanes. Terminated its services to Calicut; Chittagong; Colombo; and Dhaka.
RAK Airways (RAK) carried about 125,000 passengers in 2008.
March 2009: RAK Airways (RAK), which suspended all scheduled flying on December 11th, is planning to restore regular operations in April and is in negotiations to lease and purchase up to four 737-800 airplanes, according to Mouin Yassine, the airline's new Chief Operating Officer (COO). (RAK) cut staff and terminated its regular service to Dhaka, Chittagong, Calicut, and Colombo after its fleet was reduced from three to one airplane. "One airplane was flying after two had to be returned - - one because of continual technical problems, the other because of the lease contract had ended," said Mr Yassine. In the meantime, the airline has been operating on a charter-only basis, using its remaining 757-256 (29311, A6-RKA), while simultaneously planning its scheduled relaunch to destinations such as Beirut, Brussels, and Dusseldorf. (RAK) which retains a staff of more than 70 employees, is making an average of five charter flights a week, primarily short-haul, regional flights to destinations such as Muscat and Doha.
April 2009: 747-251B (23548, 5N-DKB), Kabo Air (KAB) leased.
May 2009: Forms an equity partnership with Hewa Bora Airways (EXD) ((RAK) owns 50% stake). Operates a 757-256 (29311, A6-RKA) - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-757-256-2009-05," wet-leased to (EXD) on Kinshasa - Lumbashi - Johannesburg route. (EXD) will launch new service to Brussels, Belgium with this airplane.
December 2009: RAK Airways (RAK) plans to reform as a regional carrier with 100 to 200 seat airplanes. (RAK) plans to replicate the low cost model of Air Arabia (ABZ).
(RAK) has been negotiating with Boeing (TBC) to lease and purchase up to 4 737s to launch services to new international destinations such as Beirut, Brussels and Dusseldorf.
August 2010: 737-46J (27213, A6-ESE - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-737-400-NEW LIVERY-2010-07"), delivery, ex-(N213TH).
September 2010: RAK Airways (RAK) announced it will resume operations with four-times-weekly service from Ras Al Khaimah to Calicut and Jeddah on October 10 using 737s. Concurrent with the relaunch, it unveiled new branding including new livery, a newly launched website, new baggage tags and uniforms. (RAK), which operated its first flight in 2007, had suspended scheduled services in May 2009 owing to "exceptionally tough market conditions, created by the global economic turndown." It said those circumstances have now "sufficiently abated."
"The time is now right to play our part in the ambitious vision…for boosting tourism in the emirate," (RAK) Airways Chairman, Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi said. (RAK), which said it will operate service onboard a one-class 169-passenger 737, placed an order valued at AED1.65 billion/$449.2 million in early 2008 for four 737-800s plus two options. CEO, Omar Jahameh said the airline will now aim to position itself between well-established legacy airlines and younger Low Cost Carrier (LCC)s. "Although our fares are extremely competitive, we are focused on providing a value offering that differentiates itself from the (LCC)s," Jahameh said. "We will be allowing passengers to take up to 30kg of luggage with them as well as the normal hand baggage allowance. They will also get a complimentary full hot meal with beverages served on board."
December 2010: RAK Airways (RAK) is to introduce a pair of 737-800s to its fleet and expand its network to a fifth destination, the Egyptian capital Cairo.
(RAK) resumed operations in October after an overhaul of its business plan. It began serving Jeddah and Kozhikode and is opening two routes to Bangladesh.
It started services with a 737-400 but says its new routes will be served by two 737-800s.
Cairo will be flown three times per week from 15 December. (RAK) Chairman, Sheikh Omar Bin Saqr Al Qassimi says (RAK) has "delivered on its mandate" to add three more routes within two months of launching. "With our competitive fares, load factors on our inaugural routes have been extremely positive and we are optimistic that we will be able to replicate this success with our Egypt and Bangladesh routes," he added.
April 2011: A320-233 (741, ER-AXP), Air Moldova (MOL) leased.
May 2011: 737-8Q8 (32841, SU-MWF), sub-leased from Midwest Airlines, ex-(EI-EOP).
August 2011: (RAK) Airways operating from Ras Al Khaimah, evinced interest in operating more flights to Kerala. ‘The airline’s top officials met Chief Minister, Oommen Chandy and sought support to get the clearance from the central government to operate into Kochi and the international airport here,’ E M Najeeb, whose travel agency handles (RAK) ticketing in the state, told the "Indo Asian News Service" (IANS).
Currently, (RAK) operates seven flights a week into Kozhikode international airport in Kerala. ‘(RAK) officials have told Chandy that in lieu of operating into the two other state airports, they have offered any number of flights of the national carrier Air India (AIN)/(IND) to operate into the (RAK) international airport,’ Najeeb added.
S A Saleem, President of the Indian Association in Ras Al Khaimah, pointed out that around 450,000 Indians reside in the catchment area of the Emirate, who have no choice but to travel to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah airports.
‘The chief minister has assured us that he will personally take up the issue with the central government when he is in Delhi later this month,’ Najeeb said.
A320-214 (3907, A6-RKB - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-A320 - 2011-08"), ex-Wataniya Airways (WYA), (ILF) leased, delivery.
September 2011: A J Walter Aviation (AJW) signed a three-year service contract with (RAK) Airways to provide full power by the hour and (MBK) lease support for (RAK)'s Airbus airplanes.
October 2011: (RAK) Airways will launch 2X-weekly, Ras al-Khaimah service to Peshawar (November 15) and Lahore (November 12).
November 2011: A320-214 (2158, A6-ABA), Air Arabia (ABZ) leased and Embraer EMB-190 (0325, ER-ECB - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-EMB-190 - 2011-11"), Air Moldova (MOL) leased.
February 2012: (RAK) Airways has partnered with foreign exchange and remittance house Al Ghurair Exchange to offer customers the option of paying for tickets booked through its call center at any Al Ghurair Exchange branch across the (UAE).
August 2012: RAK Airways (RAK) has announced plans to become the second (UAE) carrier after Rotana Jet Aviation ((IATA) Code: RG, based at Dubai International airport (DXB)) to launch domestic services in the country. (RAK) plans a new four times weekly service linking its base at Ras al Khaimah with Abu Dhabi International airport (AUH) from October 3.
September 2012: Etihad Airways (EHD) and RAK Airways (RAK) will code share on (RAK) flights from Ras Al Khaimah to Abu Dhabi. Ras Al Khaimah is the most northerly of the seven territories that make up the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
It will be part of a wider code share agreement that will see (EHD) place its code on (RAK)-operated domestic flights, while (RAK) will code share on (EHD)’s services to London Heathrow, Manchester, Dublin, Geneva, and Bangkok.
(RAK) will operate the flights with an A320.
The domestic flights will start October 3 and initially operate 4X-weekly, although this will increase to daily from December. “For an airline of the quality and prestige of (EHD) to choose RAK Airways (RAK) as a code share partner shows how far (RAK) has advanced since its re-launch in 2010,” (RAK) (CEO), John Brayford said.
October 2012: (RAK) Airways plans to expand its fleet to four airplanes by the end of 2013 to stabilize its network, add new destinations and boost frequencies on newly launched domestic flights.
On October 3, (RAK) expanded into domestic services between its Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) home base and Abu Dhabi (AUH), when it launched a code share with Etihad Airways (EHD).
(RAK) (CEO), John Brayford announced plans to step up (RKT) - (AUH) service from 4X-weekly to daily in December. From March, the service will increase to double daily.
The additional (AUH) flights will help fuel (RAK)’s code share with (EHD). The deal currently covers (EHD)’s Bangkok, Dublin, Geneva, London Heathrow, and Manchester flights, but Brayford is seeking approval to add (RAK)’s code to (EHD)’s Frankfurt, Munich, Chicago, and New York services as well.
(RAK)’s expansion plans also include adding a third airplane by April 2013 and a fourth by November 2013. “The purpose of the third airplane will be to improve network connectivity and frequency on existing routes. When the fourth airplane arrives, we [will] probably add one or two more routes, but there’s nothing firmed up at the moment. We will double the number of flights versus winter 2012,” he said.
The third airplane will be used to add a new route to Dammam, which will launch in April 2013. (RAK) will also use the extra capacity to boost its Calicut services to daily.
(RAK) already serves Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan and, in the longer term, (RAK)’s management is assessing new flights to Islamabad. Brayford is also looking at two new Indian destinations. “India is part of our plans. We know where we want to operate, so we are not looking for blanket approval. We are looking at two new cities at the moment (Cochin and Trivandrum).”
(RAK), which was originally a budget carrier, re-launched in October 2010 as a full-service airline. Now (RAK) is Global Distribution System (GDS)-listed and offers a two-class cabin configuration. It serves 10 cities (Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Calicut, Chittagong, Dhaka, Doha, Jeddah, Kathmandu, Lahore, and Peshawar) using two A320s.
Ras Al Khaimah International Airport in the (UAE) has awarded (ARINC) a multi-million dollar, 10-year contract to design, supply and install passenger processing and airport operational systems. These will include (ARINC)’s common use passenger processing systems, airport operational database , flight information display system, and what (ARINC) claims to be the first off-site hotel check-in and bag drop in the region. The contract was announced at the 18th World Route Development Forum (World Routes) in Abu Dhabi.
August 2013: The (UAE)'s (RAK) Airways is on the expansion path, with a new strategic direction.
(RAK) Airways has unveiled plans to quadruple the destinations on its route network from nine to 40.
(RAK) Airways commenced operations on the 1,900 km route from Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) in the northern part of the (UAE) to Islamabad (ISB) on August 5th. Twice-weekly flights are carried out using A319s. (RAK) Airways already flies to Lahore and Peshawar in Pakistan, both with thrice-weekly frequencies.
(RAK) began its second new route of 2013 from Ras al Khaimah (RKT) to Jordan’s largest airport, Amman (AMM), on August 7. The launch came just two days after (RAK) Airways started its new route to Islamabad (ISB). Flown using (RAK)’s A319s, the 2,060 km sector will be operated twice-weekly without any competition.
With an area slightly smaller than Austria and slightly bigger than Panama, the (UAE) has six international commercial airports, all vying for a piece of the passenger traffic action. Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, with approaching 500,000 annual passengers, currently holds #4 spot in terms of weekly capacity.
SEE ATTACHED MAP - - "RAK-MAP UAE AIRPORTS - 2013-09."
The (UAE)’s #4 airport in terms of weekly flights and capacity, behind Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah International Airport serves the northern Emirate (there are seven in the (UAE)) of the same name. Home to (RAK) Airways, which following its 2010 re-launch has positioned itself as a ‘value for money’ airline, sitting between the region’s full-service and Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s, is currently the only carrier serving the airport.
As the airport’s only serving scheduled airline at the moment (Belgium’s Jetairfly (TUB) is planning to start operations in October), the fortunes of Ras Al Khaimah and (RAK) Airways are therefore very closely aligned to each other. The result of this interdependency has meant that the airport’s traffic has had to start again from nothing. So, to be expecting to get close to 500,000 annual passengers this year is no mean feat in the three years since operations recommenced.
“Our passenger traffic is doing as we expected, but we may surprise everyone with planned announcements from (RAK) Airways to launch new routes over the next few months,” says Mohammed Qazi, the airport’s Commercial & Financial Director. He continued: “Plus we have a few other irons in the fire, which we will announce at a later stage.”
Regional destinations across the Middle East and Asia, dominate Ras Al Khaimah’s present network, with North Africa’s Egypt currently being the only country outside those areas. As a result, the airport’s average sector length is around 2,100 km, with Qatar’s Doha being the shortest at 441 km, and Chittagong the longest, at 3,661 km.
Doha claims the shortest sector length title for flights from Ras Al Khaimah following the loss of (RAK)’s double-daily service to Abu Dhabi, which last September, constituted 33% of the airport’s weekly seats and flights, and has seen the (UAE) (or domestic flights) removed from the list of served country markets. Clearly the 185 km sector to the (UAE)’s capital, which was dropped to daily in October last year, before being dropped altogether in early March 2013, did not work for (RAK), and this spare capacity has since been reallocated.
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Pakistan’s lead as the most popular country market from Ras Al Khaimah comes as a result of (RAK) starting a twice-weekly service on August 5 to Islamabad, complimenting the existing operations to Lahore and Peshawar. Indeed, this market’s annual growth has outpaced all of its peers, doubling in size since the same week in 2012. Others, like India and Saudia Arabia, have only managed +75% increases over the same period. Capacity to Egypt, Nepal and Qatar have gone unchanged in the last 12 months, while Jordan is a new country market, following the start of flights to Amman, which will be operated four times weekly.
In the past year, the number of weekly flights operated from Ras Al Khaimah has increased by around +5%, the growth solely in the hands of the airport’s base carrier. Both Jeddah and Kozhikode have seen their respective schedules increased by +75% since September 2012, both now operated daily, alongside the short link to Doha.
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The future growth of Ras Al Khaimah would seem to be reasonably robust, given the fact that based carrier (RAK) is in talks with the major airplane manufacturers for an order of “at least 10 single-aisle airplanes” to meet its expansion plans. With a decision likely by the end of this year or early-2014, (RAK) now plans to expand its network to 40 cities by 2015 with the aim of becoming a regional force in the already highly competitive (UAE) market.
In terms of getting other carriers into the airport, Qazi has a clear message: “We offer the most attractive and innovative deal structures in the region. We are only 45 minutes from Dubai and much closer to Dubai, Sharjah and other northern Emirates than Dubai World Central (where Wizz Air (WZZ) and nasair (NAZ) will be flying), which is 80 km south of Dubai International. So, airlines, please think again where your future is better protected?”
October 2013: (RAK) Airways has started flying from its home base of Ras Al Khaimah (RKT) in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to Riyadh (RUH). There are thrice-weekly flights (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays) on the 930 km route, using the airline’s A319s. Azzam Omar Almofadda, (CEO) of Amikan Travel & Tours, the airline’s General Sales Agent (GSA) in Riyadh, said: “We are happy to partner with (UAE)’s (RAK) Airways and allow the residents and expatriates from the capital of Saudi Arabia to explore travel options into the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah, both for leisure and business.” Riyadh becomes (RAK)’s 12th destination, and second in Saudi Arabia after Jeddah. In total, (RAK) Airways now offers flights from Ras Al Khaimah to destinations in eight different countries; Bangladesh, Egypt, India, Jordan, Nepal, Pakistan, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia.
December 2013: RAK Airways ((IATA) Code: RT, based at Ras al Khaimah) (RAK) has announced the immediate suspension of flight operations effective January 1. According to a statement issued by the carrier, its board has taken this decision because of "increased pressures on (RAK)’s performance due to continuous market conditions, increased operating costs and the impact of the regional political instability on the overall aviation industry." (RAK) currently operates two A320-200s on a regional network from Ras al Khaimah to Amman Queen Alia, Cairo International, Dhaka, Doha International, Islamabad, Jeddah, Kathmandu, Kozhikode, Lahore, Peshawar, and Riyadh. (RAK) says it is considering potentially resuming operations after a restructuring phase. No other carrier currently operates scheduled flights from Ras al Khaimah.
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RAK-A320 - 2012-08
RAK-A320 - 2013-08
RAK-A320-200 - 2011-08
0 737-301 (CFM56-3B2) (1406-23553, /87 N350US), EX-(USA), GLOBAL AIRCRAFT SOLUTIONS LSD 2006-03. WHITE FUSELAGE WITH "HAMRA AIR" TITLES. SOLD. 12F, 114Y.
1 737-46J (CFM56-3) (27213, A6-ESE - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-737-400-NEW LIVERY-2010-07"), 2010-08. EX-(N213TH).
0 737-8FH (CFM56-7B26) (2195-35094, /07 TC-AAK), PEGASUS (PGS) WET-LSD 2007-03. RTND. 189Y.
1 +1/2 ORDERS 737-8Q8 (CFM56-7B) (32841, SU-MWF), EX-MIDWEST AIRLINES, EX-(EI-EOP) 2011-05.
0 747-251B (JT9D-7R4G2) (644-23548, /86 5N-DKB), EX-(BNG)/(NWA), (KAB) LSD 2009-04. RTND. 67C, 282Y.
0 757-230 (RB211-535E4) (267-24737, N741PA - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTO - - "RAK-757-2008-05"), (PSS) LSD, PRIMARIS (PRM) WET-LSD 2008-05. RTND.
1 757-256 (RB211-535E4) (940-29311, /00 A6-RKA - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-757-256-2009-05"), (IBE) LSD, WET-LST (ABE) 2007-11. RF (ABE). WET-LST (EXD) 2009-05. 16C, 164Y.
2 MD-82 (JT8D-217) (1120-49176, /83 S9-TOA; 1122-49178, /83 S9-TOB), EX-(AAL), BF PROMO AVIATION. 16F, 120Y.
1 A318 ELITE (1599, A6-AAM), EX-(D-AIJA) 2008-04. VIP.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (2158, /03 A6-RKC), AIR ARABIA (ABZ) LSD 2011-11. 162Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3907, /09 A6-RKB - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-A320 - 2011-08"), EX-WATANIYA AIRWAYS (WYA) 2011-08, (ILF) LSD. 26F, 96PY.
1 A320-233 (741, ER-AXP), (MOL) LSD 2011-04.
1 EMBRAER EMB-190 (0325, ER-ECB - - SEE PHOTO - - "RAK-EMB-190 - 2011-11"), AIR MOLDOVA (MOL) LSD 2011-11. EX-(PT-TXN). 114Y.
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RAK-1-DR KHATER MASSAAD MD-2008-05
RAK-2-MURABIT AL SAWAF - 2013-08
RAK-4-OLAV STRANGSTAD VP OPS-2008-05
RAK-5-P K HEDGE VP FIN-2008-05
SHEIKH SAQR BIN MUHAMMAD AL QASSIMI, CHAIRMAN & RULER OF RAS AL-KHAIMAH.
DR KHATER MASSAAD, MANAGING DIRECTOR
Dr Khater Massaad has been instrumental along with H H Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the Crown Prince & Deputy Ruler of Ras al-Khaimah in founding RAK Ceramics in 1991. As the driving force behind the Company all along, he has guided the destiny of what is now the topmost ceramic manufacturing organization in the world, and a jewel in the manufacturing sector of the entire Middle East, - all achieved within 15 years. Dr Massaad’s career milestone in the middle east region started in the early eighties, when he commenced geophysical investigations for clay deposits, dams and water in the (GCC) and Levant countries. He was assigned the position of “Project Manager” for various underground water projects in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and in the Sultanate of Oman. His vision went beyond geophysical investigations and projects to touch the industrial sector of the (UAE), where he initiated feasibility studies for various factories. Thereafter, he envisioned a major plan for a ceramic factory in the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, and set up and managed RAK Ceramics -a landmark in the Global Ceramic Industry. Under the stewardship of Dr Khater Massaad, RAK Ceramics was awarded the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Business Award ((MRM) "Business Award) for INDUSTRY" for the year 2005. Dr Massaad received the award at the hands of (UAE) Vice President & Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on December 13th, 2005. RAK Ceramics was also chosen as the “Arabian Business” Company of the Year for the year 2004. The RAK Ceramics brand was also rated as one of the top four brands of the (UAE), and the topmost brand in the manufacturing sector in 2006 in a study conducted by Brand Finance Middle East of the United Kingdom.
As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of RAK Ceramics, Dr Massaad implements the globalization of the company’s business and conceives a rapid diversification program which has so far encompassed high value investment ventures in the hotel & tourism industry, the computer hardware industry, and high value consumer products such as exclusive porcelain ware.
Dr Khater Massaad was appointed in August 2003 as the Advisor to The Crown Prince & Deputy Ruler of the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah, His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi. He plays a key role in the rapid development of the Emirate as CEO of the RAK Investment Authority (RAKIA), a position which he was appointed to in the year 2005. In the first 2 years itself - (RAKIA) has attracted more than >US$ 1 billion in industrial investments into Ras al-Khaimah. Dr Khater Massaad is also the Executive Chairman of (RAKEEN) - the land master-planner and developer in real estate & township development in the Emirate & also overseas, which was created through a royal decree by His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah.
Dr Khater Massaad has played a major role in the tourism sector for the Emirate of Ras al-Khaimah with worthwhile contribution as Managing Director of Al Hamra Fort Hotel & Beach Resort. He also is the Managing Director of RAK Airways (RAK) and the Al Hamra Real Estate Development LLC.
Dr Massaad holds a Master’s degree in Engineering and a Ph D in Geophysics. A professional pilot as well, Dr Massaad likes to use the little spare time available to him in flying his private jet.
MURABIT AL SAWAF, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
MOUIN YASSINE, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO).
K RAVINDRAN, ACTING (COO), EX-(JPL)/(OMR)/(IND).
Mr Ravindran has a long span of senior management experience with world class International Airlines in India and the Middle East. He started his career with Indian Airlines (IND) and later held senior management positions in Commercial and Planning Departments of Oman Air (OMR) and Jet Airways (JPL). Prior to joining RAK Airways (RAK), he was the General Manager, Commercial Planning of (JPL). His strategic acumen and proven track record in the establishment of new airlines will be of great advantage to (RAK) during this start up phase. Network development, progressive fleet plans and achieving commercial success are his core focus areas. He is also responsible for joint ventures, industry partnerships, capacity control and revenue optimization.
Mr Ravindran is a post graduate in Business Management from Mumbai University. He is married with two children.
AMIN RIZK, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
P K HEDGE, VP FINANCE.
As the Vice President Finance, Mr Hedge has overall responsibility for the Company’s financial management process, including overseeing and directing overall financial and accounting strategies, along with ensuring compliance with reporting and regulatory requirements. A major task for him is to assist the management team in leading the Company through significant industry growth and consolidation. He has over 30 years of experience in the finance profession and has developed expertise in all facets of financial management, coupled with development of systems and procedures, statistical and quantitative analysis, budget development, cost avoidance, risk management, contract monitoring, and the implementation of financial policies and procedures.
Prior to joining (RAK), he was associated with the setting up of the finance and accounting departments for four commercial establishments in the Middle East, including two major International Airlines viz. Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA).
Mr Hedge joined (EHD) in October 2003 as Manager- Budget & Cost Controller, and became responsible for all financial and administrative activities, including documentation of policies and procedures manuals, implementing (ERP) solutions, catering to external and internal audit requirements, amongst others. Later, he moved to establish the Internal Audit function within the organization.
He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Finance) and a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Bombay.
He is married with one son.
CAPTAIN ABDULLAH RIYAMI, VP AIRLINE OPERATION & HEAD OF FLIGHT TRAINING.
Captain Abdullah Riyami, is the current (GCAA) Post holder for Operations and is the Training & Examiner for the 757 airplane. He started his working career between February 1981 till January 1983 as an Electrical Engineer (Graduated with High Diploma in Electrical Engineering) at UK Plymouth College of Further Education). He worked in Fahud, Marmul, Qarn Alm, Al Khuwair, Yibal, and Mina Al Fahal as an Electrical Engineer.
In September 1985, he graduated from Oxford Air Training School with a Commercial Pilots License (CPL) and Instrument Rating. In January 1986, he moved to the 737-200 fleet with Gulf Air (GUL). In March 1989, he moved to the 767-300 fleet, and in November 1992, he moved to the A320 fleet, doing his transition with British Caledonian (CAW). At London Gatwick, in September 1994, he got his first Command on the A320.
• Flying Hours: Has attained Total Flying 12,000 hours. Pilot In Command (PIC) 8,000 hours. First Officer (F/O) 3,939 hours, plus as an Instructor on A310-300, 737NG and 757-200 with total instruction of 4,025 hours.
• Royal Jordanian (RJA): December 1999 to January 2000, flew with Royal Jordanian (RJA). In November 1999, moved to A310 Fleet as Instructor.
• Oman Airways (OMR): From 1997 to 2007, as Manager Fleet Training, 737NG/Acting Fleet Captain 737/Acting Senior Manager Training & Standards, and Chairman of Flight Operation Technical Committee. On occasions when the Senior Manager Training and Standard or Division Manager Operation were on duty travel, handled the department smoothly since March 2007. Involved in setting up A310 Fleet (Standard Operating Procedures, Policy and Organization). Acting Fleet Captain A310 during A310 Operations. Manager Quality Assurance, Flight Operations. Visited (KLM), observed Safety, Audit and Quality set-up. Attended PDO Safety Management System course in Crawley. Involved in OTP Committee of Oman Air (OMR). As a Chairman of Technical Committee responsible for improving Operating Procedures, Policy, Regulations and 737NG System & Procedures, and created a good working environment and user friendly procedures for the flying crew by welcoming their feedback, inputs, suggestions and concerns in operation of 737NG. Conducted few Internal Audits in Flight Operations during his term as Manager Operational Quality Assurance (MOQA).
· Captain Riyami also spent some of his spare time teaching Martial Arts Training at Ras al-Khaimah English Speaking School.
OLAV STRANGSTAD, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.