Flynas receives first Airbus 330 plane as part of fleet expansion

Updated 20 May 2014
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Flynas receives first Airbus 330 plane as part of fleet expansion

King Khaled International Airport (KKIA) witnessed last week the arrival of the first Airbus 330 aircraft to join the flynas fleet. The aircraft was received by key executives from the airline headed by Bander Al-Mohanna, deputy group CEO-NAS Holding, Raja Azmi, flynas CEO, and Wael Al-Sarhan, director of marketing and communication, along with key officials from KKIA and members of the press.
The wide body aircraft has various key features, including a capacity of 327 seats comprising 12 Business class and 291 Economy class. In addition, flynas unveiled its new Economy Plus cabin of 24 seats. The new aircraft has a unique interior design and offers entertainment features to ensure a comfortable journey for all flynas guests.
Azmi stated that his team is in a challenging marathon to achieve the company’s objectives in becoming a global airline providing the best services as well as ensuring smooth and comfortable travel for all.
Azmi added that this type of aircraft was required as part of the global flights program, flynas’ 2014 project to expand to long-haul destinations. The Airbus 330 offers advanced technical features and the ability to fly up to 12,500 km continuously.
The Airbus A330 has a luxurious business cabin offering its guests spacious 60 inch flatbed seat, in addition to other features such as in-flight entertainment. Economy class Guests will also enjoy comfortable seats with a 32 inch pitch and in-flight entertainment.
Discussing the experience which will be offered onboard the Airbus 330, Wael Al-Sarhan, director of marketing and communication, said: “flynas promises a unique and distinct experience onboard this type of aircraft, which will contribute in providing various features for all customer segments, in addition to fulfilling the increasing demand in air transport in the Kingdom via the global flights program on flynas.


Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Updated 12 December 2018
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Careem honors outstanding captains in Riyadh

Careem held the first edition of its Captain’s Excellence Award Ceremony in Riyadh on Saturday. The event, which will be held annually, was the first-of-its-kind in the region and welcomed over 300 top-performing “captains” (Careem drivers) across the Kingdom. 

The captains were awarded based on different criteria such as: Captains with the highest number of trips, highest (customer-given) ratings and longest serving captains. Rewards were also handed out to captain ambassadors, i.e. those with the highest number of referrals and captains that were given a special shoutout on social media by customers for their dedication to their service. Several rewards were handed out along with the grand prize, a brand new car. 

Abdulla Elyas, chief people officer and co-founder of Careem, opened the event with an ode to the captains in attendance, thanking them for their service and commitment in driving impact through meaningful initiatives across the Kingdom. Some of these initiatives included the vaccination campaign in collaboration with the Ministry of Health, which helped more than 100,000 men, women and children across 17 cities get vaccinated in their own homes. Careem also collaborated with Bupa Arabia during Ramadan this year to donate clothes from customers to people in need, where over 180,000 donations were collected. 

Elyas also announced Careem’s partnership with Alwaleed Philanthropies (AP) in delivering the first installment of cars for the empowerment of people with special needs. The foundation, chaired by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, will provide a number of cars over the course of seven years to men and women of the Society for Physically Disabled Adults (Harakia) after being trained.

“Our captains are the lifeblood of our business and we wanted to celebrate these men and women for helping us achieve our mission of simplifying and improving the lives of people in the Kingdom,” Elyas said. 

“We are proud to have 395,000 ‘captainahs’ (female drivers) and captains registered with us to date in Saudi Arabia, providing over 122 million rides. This ceremony is our small way to thank them for their service and reward them for the hard work they put in every day so that people have a safe way to get around. Without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today” 

Muaaed Al-Saeed, a representative from the Public Transport Authority (PTA), said: “We are excited to have you all; you have overcome each obstacle you were faced with in a short span of time and for that we are extremely proud.” 

He added: “On this occasion, I convey the regards of PTA President Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih. The participation of myself and Majed Al-Zahrani, PTA general manager, is proof of our support to all the captains.”