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Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)  
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 3900 times:



And there are some nice surprises.

It seems like they are getting at least one additional aircraft because their winter schedule is much more organized and much more consistent departure and arrival times.

Here are the schedules:





Here are the major changes:
1) They are discontinuing their 2x weekly service to Assiut, Egypt (ATZ).
2) Doubling Dammam, Saudi Arabia (DMM) service from 2x weekly to 4x weekly.
4) Increasing Doha, Qatar (DOH) service from 6x weekly to daily.
5) Increasing Khartoum, Sudan (KRT) service from 2x weekly to 3x weekly.
6) Starting 2x weekly service to Sanaa, Yemen (SAH).

They have made their Alexandria (ALY), Beirut (BEY), Doha (DOH), Kuwait (KWI), and Muscat (MCT) schedules all consistent with the same departure and arrival times on all days of the week. Only Riyadh (RUH) has changed from having a consistent schedule to an inconsistent schedule.

Unfortunately the Alexandria (ALY) times are not good arriving very late at night. Beirut (BEY) have become convenient arriving at noon when they currently arrive in the afternoon.

Air Arabia currently has 3 Airbus A320-200s in a one-class configuration.

They have A6-ABY which is a used A320 previously operated by Air Malta. It is in their incomplete paintscheme:

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They operated another ex-Air Malta A320 registered A6-ABX, but it went to Windjet in May.

They currently have two brand new A320-200s which are painted in their full livery. This is A6-ABA:

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This is A6-ABB:

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Air Arabia is the first low-fare carrier in the Arab World based out of its hub in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates owned by the government of Sharjah. They began operations last October.

Regards


"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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User currently offline7E7 From Australia, joined Aug 2003, 159 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 3834 times:

45 Min turn around time, how do they do it?!

Pretty amazing timetable with just three birds. whatever disruptions could happen if one flight goes tech?


User currently offlineOD720 From Lebanon, joined Feb 2003, 1925 posts, RR: 32
Reply 2, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3818 times:

7E7: Disruptions are a problem for any airline. Look at MEA for example, they are utilizing their new aircraft in a very effective way and if anything goes wrong, they have a plan B. Since the fleet is made up of brand new aircraft, the technical problems are very rare if any.

Same goes to Air Arabia. The way to make money is to fully utilize the planes and two of their A320s are brand new so there hardly will be any trouble with them.

Regards.


User currently offlineBabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 3731 times:

That timetable does look a bit ambitious with only 3 aircraft but I hope it works out well for them.

The timings for RUH are very good. I'd be interested to see how the local Arab passengers take to this low cost airline. The Saudis, in particular, are very fussy about leg room, overhead space and being cramped. They constantly moan about the MD90's.

Is there any info on seat pitch available?


User currently offlineTs-ior From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 3481 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 3694 times:


The schedule is quiet consistant and i think that there is a full depolyement of the entire fleet. Each aircraft is programmed for three (3) daily rotations.

For example Monday flights could be dispatched as follows :

A6-ABX : SHJ-MSC-SHJ-BEY-SHJ-CMB-SHJ*.

A6-ABA : SHJ-DAM-SHJ-DOH-SHJ-ALY-SHJ*.

...

With a fourth aircraft,they could have a better network and a more convenient timetable...

Great ambitious airlines are those of the U.A.E.



User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 3636 times:

They CURRENTLY have 3 aircraft.

However, they have 2 more A320s that are on order that will be delivered before the winter schedule starts. One of them will probably replace A6-ABY which is a used ex-Air Malta A320 currently in the partial paintscheme.

So they will have 4 aircraft by the start of the winter schedule.

Ts-ior,

As I said in my post, A6-ABX left Air Arabia's fleet in May.

A6-ABX became EI-DFO:

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Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineDIJKKIJK From France, joined Jul 2003, 1799 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3603 times:

So are they planning any expansions with new aircraft purchases?

and how about future destinations ? Surely India, Pakistan and Iran are on their watchlist?



Never argue with idiots. They will bring you down to their level, and beat you with experience.
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 3580 times:

DIJKKIJK,

As I said in my post, they are starting Sanaa (SAH) in Yemen.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 8, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3528 times:

There was an article in Al-Ahram newspaper 3 weeks ago that Alexandria was the airline's most profitable route, followed by Muscat than Bahrain. Loadfactors on all three flights averaged 72%, 65% and 62% respectively. Here is the link:

http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2004/758/ec5.htm

Currently (summer period) they have extra flights to HBE, ranging from an extra weekly flight to an extra 4 weekly flights. So I can easily see Alexandria getting more flights soon

As for the flight timings, even though the inbound flights arrive late evenings, the outbound flights arrive back in Sharjah at a very convenient time early in the morning.

BA, Air Arabia serve Borg Al-Arab airport (HBE) not Al-Nozha Airport (ALY) in Alexandria.


And about the Assiut flights, as the above article indicates the flights were cancelled due to aircraft shortages and they'll be re-instated next summer when more aircraft are delivered so it is only a temporary cancellation. But I am not surprised they are finding it hard on the route as AMC started 2x weekly MD-83 flights on the route last January.


And its good to see they are considering to start flights to Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor.


Horus




EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 9, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Sorry the link doesn't work but I'm working on it

Horus




EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineRunway23 From US Minor Outlying Islands, joined Jan 2005, 2194 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 11 hours ago) and read 3524 times:

Just wondering is expansion to Europe on the table in any foreseeable future?

Cheers,
T.


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 3501 times:

Currently (summer period) they have extra flights to HBE, ranging from an extra weekly flight to an extra 4 weekly flights. So I can easily see Alexandria getting more flights soon

They are flying extra flights in the summer to Alexandria, Assuit, Beirut, Damascus, and Aleppo.

BA, Air Arabia serve Borg Al-Arab airport (HBE) not Al-Nozha Airport (ALY) in Alexandria.

Thanks for the clarification.

And about the Assiut flights, as the above article indicates the flights were cancelled due to aircraft shortages and they'll be re-instated next summer when more aircraft are delivered so it is only a temporary cancellation. But I am not surprised they are finding it hard on the route as AMC started 2x weekly MD-83 flights on the route last January.


And its good to see they are considering to start flights to Sharm El Sheikh and Luxor.


Good to hear.

Runway23,

Just wondering is expansion to Europe on the table in any foreseeable future?

menaJet, the 2nd low-fare carrier in the Arab world which will soon be starting operations from Beirut will serve Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. There are no plans for Air Arabia to serve Europe. They are focusing on getting access rights for flights to India.



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
User currently offlineHorus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 59
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3491 times:

They are flying extra flights in the summer to Alexandria, Assuit, Beirut, Damascus, and Aleppo.

Yeah Alexndria get 12 extra flights, Assuit 2, Aleppo 2, Damascus 1 and Beirut 1.


About Menajet, I recently read that initiallly they'll only fly to the Gulf. Is that true?


Horus




EGYPT: A 7,000 Year Old Civilisation
User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 13, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 3485 times:

Horus,

About Menajet, I recently read that initiallly they'll only fly to the Gulf. Is that true?

Their first flights will be in the Gulf. At later stages they will launch flights in North Africa and Europe.

Regards



"Generosity is giving more than you can, and pride is taking less than you need." - Khalil Gibran
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