Flynas to train Saudi women as pilots and flight attendants

Flynas will hire Saudi women as co-pilots soon. (flynas)
Updated 12 September 2018
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Flynas to train Saudi women as pilots and flight attendants

  • The low-cost carrier said it will be the first airline in Saudi Arabia to make the move

JEDDAH: Low cost Saudi Arabian airline Flynas announced on Wednesday that they will begin taking applications from Saudi women to train on programs for “Future Pilots” and flight attendants.

The company aims to recruit 200 Saudi male and female co-pilots over the next five years, the carrier confirmed to Arab News, with plans to attract about 300 Saudi male and female flight attendants in the next two years. 

The statement said that Flynas will ensure that the working hours system and the uniforms for their Saudi female flight attendants respect the local customs and traditions in the Kingdom. 

Applicants must be Saudi nationals and should meet international height and weight standards and be fluent in English. 

Applicants should be between 22 and 30 years old with at least a secondary education certificate. More information is available online on the company’s website.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”

But President Donald Trump told reporters on Saturday that his administration would get “a very full report,” including who was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, on Monday or Tuesday.
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.