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Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:46 am



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.

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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Wed Aug 11, 2004 1:58 pm

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?
 
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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Wed Aug 11, 2004 2:28 pm

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.

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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:39 pm

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?
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Wed Aug 11, 2004 8:38 pm


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.

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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 1:40 am

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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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 2:22 am

So are they planning any expansions with new aircraft purchases?

and how about future destinations ? Surely India, Pakistan and Iran are on their watchlist?
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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 2:55 am

DIJKKIJK,

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

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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 7:30 am

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.


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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 7:34 am

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

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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 7:50 am

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

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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:00 am

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.
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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:12 am

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?


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RE: Air Arabia Releases Its Winter Schedule (new Dest)

Thu Aug 12, 2004 9:32 am

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.

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