Air Arabia celebrates official launch

Adel Ali, Air Arabia's CEO, with crew in front of the new aircraft

Air Arabia LLC, the first low-cost airline of its kind in the Middle East & North Africa region, celebrated its official launch on March 24 in the presence of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qassimi, Member of the Supreme Council & Ruler of Sharjah, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman, Department of Civil Aviation and Air Arabia Chairman,  Air Arabia’s CEO Adel Ali, a host of VIPs and the media.

Speaking on the occasion, His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Al Thani said: “The launch of Air Arabia last October marked a new chapter in the region’s aviation market. Offering travellers a simple and efficient service at economical, competitive and value-for-money fares, Air Arabia enables people across the region the opportunity to travel for the first time, if not more frequently.” He added: “Air Arabia was born out of the realisation of a need in the market – a need to travel, but cost effectively and safely.”
The event also coincided with the arrival of Air Arabia’s new state-of-the-art A320 aircraft – growing its fleet to three. Offering a superior flight experience to customers, the new aircraft couples the latest in customer comfort with the largest seat pitch in the market and introduces a complimentary in-flight entertainment system.
Adel Ali said: “With the addition of this third aircraft, Air Arabia is further positioned to service customers throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Indian Subcontinent with nine countries and twelve destinations to date.” He concluded: “Future plans include flights to Khartoum on April 3, which will increase our reach to ten countries and we also have our first flights to India that are in final negotiations.” Flights to Khartoum will commence will depart from Sharjah every Tuesday and Saturday at 9am with arrival at 12.15 pm local time.