Azmi From Lebanon, joined Nov 2003, 111 posts, RR: 1 Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3847 times:
Mena jet is a new low cost airline that will be operating between the gulf area and some of the former soviet republics.
I met the owners today and was informed that they will start operating by Jan 2004.
They just acquired 2 airbus A-320s.
They have a website,(still under construction),that says you can fly them whenever you want and wherever you want.(Sounded interesting to me).
Check them at www.menajet.com
By the way,a new low cost airline was just started last month ny the name of al-arabia.
EA777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3830 times:
I think low cost airlines have huge potential to grow in the Arab world (if government restrictions are removed) but I think having 3 or 4 launch services more or less at the same time at one airport (Sharjah) can prove to be difficult-but they may suprise us (like Emirates). We'll have to wait and see
EurostarVA From Bahrain, joined May 2002, 1296 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3798 times:
I presume by saying the owners you meant the Zamil Group of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Finance House of Bahrain? It will be interesting to see how they fare. I personally doubt very much that they will attempt to compete head on with Air Arabia as the market cannot possibly support more airlines on routes to Beirut, Bahrain and Damasus. There is CERTAINLY a low-cost demand to the former soviet republics, Sudan, the Indian subcontinent and Iran. I hope they will enter the market with a better internet infrastructure than Air Arabia, whose online booking tool is very unreliable.
Any ideas which destinations will be served first? I wonder why such airlines as MenaJet and Air Arabia wait so long to announce their routes...I mean it would make more sense to enable travelers to book inaugural flights way in advance, to ensure good load factors in the initial period of operations.
RiverVisualNYC From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 930 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 3731 times:
Mena might do well as the exisiting competition on the routes from the UAE (especially SHJ) to the FSU mainly consists of dodgy operators flying old and potentially dangerous Soviet-era equipment. They might even be able to get premium fares because of their Airbus fleet...Anyway, as a former expat resident of the UAE, I say Mabrook to all the new mideast carriers!