Saudi budget carrier flyadeal receives first Airbus 320 aircraft

Saudi budget carrier flyadeal will begin flight operations in September 13 to coincide with the Saudi Arabia’s national day. (Courtesy Airbus)
Updated 24 August 2017
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Saudi budget carrier flyadeal receives first Airbus 320 aircraft

DUBAI: Saudi budget carrier flyadeal has received the first of eight Airbus A320-200 aircraft, Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) said in a statement.
The delivery, which took place at the Airbus center in Hamburg, represents the first aircraft in the low-cost subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
DAE has agreed to lease eight Airbus A320 family aircraft to flyadeal, which will start operations September 13 to coincide with the Saudi Arabia’s national day. The remaining aircraft, equipped with CFM 56-5B4/3 PIP engines, are scheduled to be delivered this year and in 2018.
The carrier, to be based in Jeddah, will offer a single-class configuration and operate Saudi’s main trunk routes including Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam and before expanding into regional markets.
“flyadeal has selected key partners from across the aviation industry to deliver services that provide the most economical solutions for flyadeal’s low-fare, high value business model,” Con Korfiatis, the Chief Executive Officer of flyadeal, said in a statement.
DAE Chief Executive Officer, Firoz Tarapore meanwhile said: “This transaction demonstrates our capital strength and our ability to provide comprehensive solutions to airline clients.”
“flyadeal’s decision to launch its operations with an A320ceo fleet is a clear affirmation of the continuing appeal of a product that provides an exceptionally comfortable cabin, low operating costs and excellent fuel consumption. These factors will provide a framework from which the airline can build and sustain its future successes and market growth, in both KSA and the region.”


Gulf countries strengthen oil coordination amid tensions: Kuwait

Updated 20 May 2019
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Gulf countries strengthen oil coordination amid tensions: Kuwait

  • ‘It is normal amid this escalation that Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council countries take these steps’
  • Kuwait was in ‘constant contact’ with its ally, the US

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister said countries in the Gulf have strengthened coordination to provide oil to global markets amid increased regional tensions.
“It is normal amid this escalation that Kuwait and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries take these steps,” Khalid Al-Jarallah told reporters late Sunday on the sidelines of a Ramadan sit-down organized by the Iraqi embassy.
“There is cooperation and coordination between Kuwait and the Gulf countries to provide guarantees for oil tankers and continuous supply of energy to global markets.”
Jarallah’s comments come days after sabotage attacks against tankers in highly sensitive Gulf waters and the bombing of a Saudi pipeline — the latter claimed by Iran-aligned Yemeni rebels.
Both attacks targeted routes built as alternatives to the Strait of Hormuz, the conduit for almost all Gulf exports.
The US Fifth Fleet headquartered in Bahrain said the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council began “enhanced security patrols” Saturday in international waters, in “tight coordination with the US navy.”
Iran has repeatedly threatened to close the strait in case of war with the United States, which earlier this month announced it was sending an aircraft carrier and strike group to the region.
Kuwait’s deputy foreign minister said “tension was escalating quickly” but he remained hopeful.
He added Kuwait was in “constant contact” with its ally, the US.
On Saturday, OPEC giant Saudi Arabia called for urgent meetings of the GCC and the Arab League to discuss recent “aggressions and their consequences” in the region.
The two summits are scheduled to be held in Makkah on May 30.
Jarallah welcomed the kingdom’s invitation, saying Kuwait was keen to take part in discussions on issues “potentially dangerous” to the region.