Fly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3180 posts, RR: 50 Posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1906 times:
Actually, they call themselves the first Middle East no frills carrier, but if the include Gulf Traveller, I'd say they're the second.
Anyways, they will be Sharjah-based and operate two A320s on intra-region flights.
Does anyone know what "mena" means?
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QatarAirways From Qatar, joined Sep 2008, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1868 times:
Gulf Traveller is not a no frills nor a low fare carrier but rather an all-economy seperate brand just like Australian Airlines. MenaJet will be a proper low fare no frills carrier. Depending on pronounciation "mena" in arabic means sea port or semen! I think it might just be an accronym(sp) Middle East and North Africa. Aviation proffesionals in the region are skeptical about the airline's chances of success because of regulatory issues as well as problems surrounding their intended market.
Unique From Switzerland, joined Mar 2003, 1703 posts, RR: 34
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1857 times:
Thanks a lot QatarAirways! In this case I just wonder if two airlines in the same emirate, having the same airport as home base, would survive for long. I guess both airlines are created in order to make money, but is there a market?
Or does SHJ only serve as the home airport but not the home market?
In any case, I hope both airlines get their wings off the ground (and pose in front of my camera )!
OD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1927 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 1819 times:
There is definetly a market in the Middle East for no-frills, but the Middle East is not EU. There are many issues and most importantly, many arab countries need enterance visas to travel to which doesn't help much to the cause.
If they plan to fly to Beirut in the future, maybe Beirut Int'l Airport will be a little expensive. There's only one other commercial airport in Lebanon, it's located about 90km/60miles north of Beirut at Kleyat. As far as I know, this airport is closed for the moment but who knows, maybe it will come to life.
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 1763 times:
First, I think that Sharjah would be smarter to focus on a low-cost airline because the region doesn't need another Emirates., Qatar Airways or Gulf Air. What is needed is a low-cost airline to expand the markets. It is a brilliant idea but what is needed is a relaxation of bilateral restrictions. I see them flying to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Beirut and if allowed, maybe Karachi, Mumbai, Cairo and lots of cities in Iran. They are putting a lot of planning into this and I personally think they will succeed.