EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
Quote: Yemen flag-carrier Yemenia is to acquire six Bombardier Q400 turboprops to start a new regional operation called Al-Saeeda and is set to firm up its order for Airbus A350 XWB aircraft at the forthcoming Dubai Air Show.
YOWza From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 4973 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2638 times:
This is great news. Looks like the Q400 is warming up! This aircraft is also a great fit for IY/Al-Saeeda who have a much more extensive domestic network than other airlines based on the Arabian Peninsula.
Yemenia currently deploys 738s domestically to really small catchment areas. This is a waste of a jet that could be used elsewhere and of course empty seats are bad for the bottom line. I see the Qs being deployed to domestic non-coastal destinations. Namely, Ataq, Seiyun and Taiz. I flew to Taiz from Sana'a and there were as many FAs as pax on that flight!
This will free up 738s to fly to east Africa and South Asia.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12780 posts, RR: 34
Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2400 times:
Interesting to see that IY has some big expansion plans; it is talking about 10 A350s, versus the two A330s and four A310s now operated; the A350 will be a considerable capacity increase over the A310s.