Saudi carrier Flynas cruises to more glory at Skytrax awards ceremony in Paris

Flynas was given the honors during the Skytrax World-Airline Awards ceremony, held in Paris on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show. (Supplied/Flynas)
Updated 19 June 2019
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Saudi carrier Flynas cruises to more glory at Skytrax awards ceremony in Paris

RIYADH: Saudi carrier Flynas recently won two Skytrax awards; one for the Best Low-Cost Airline in the Middle East for the third consecutive year and one for the Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East.
The airline was given the honors during the Skytrax World-Airline Awards ceremony, held in Paris on Tuesday, on the sidelines of the Paris Air Show.
Bander Al-Mohanna, Flynas’ CEO, said: “These awards are a remarkable national achievement for our beloved Kingdom in the aviation sector. We pride ourselves on our professional staff who are constantly contributing toward the development of the air transport industry through seeking excellence and leadership.”
Al-Mohanna also noted that the awards will be added the numerous achievements Flynas has racked up as a result of the confidence and continuous support granted by its guests, in addition to its professional staff who work tirelessly to realize the targets of the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 regarding increasing the number of tourists.
He said: “We are constantly working to add new destinations that meet our passengers’ travel needs, create new markets, provide competitive options, and offer an opportunity to learn about multiple cultures. These efforts have enabled us to achieve such prestigious international awards, in addition to fulfilling our objective to continuously develop and maintain our leading role within the Middle East’s economic aviation market.”
Al-Mohanna stressed that winning the Skytrax award for the third consecutive year reaffirms Flynas’ position in the economic aviation industry, as the winners are selected based on annual votes and surveys conducted by Skytrax over months. This survey is the largest survey of passenger satisfaction in the world, and Skytrax announces the winners based on its results. The Best Airline Award is awarded based on an assessment of customer satisfaction with the products and service standards offered by the airline’s team, including the cabin crew and the airport staff.
He also pointed out that winning the Best Airline Staff Service in the Middle East award is an affirmation of the employees’ relationship with their company, their confidence in its management, the brand’s position and its strength, as well as its highly productive environment. This award also confirms the precision of the approach adopted by Flynas in the ongoing training programs to support and develop the work environment, which aims at increasing the passengers’ satisfaction rate.
On the reasons and factors of Flynas’ success, Al-Mohanna stressed that Flynas’ localization strategy has had a significant impact on achieving the company’s objectives, as it created several programs to support localization, most notably the “Future Pilots” program which trained more than 200 Saudi pilots, the “Flight Attendants” program, and “Your Job and Your Scholarship” program.
The “Skytrax” award is a global standard for excellence among airlines. The winners are selected based on votes and surveys conducted by Skytrax over a 10-month period to rate quality and standards across 41 key performance indicators related to services and products offered by airlines.


ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

Updated 18 September 2019

ICD & We-Fi empower women entrepreneurs

With the aim of discussing how the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) and the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) can expand their relationship and integrate the gender themes into ICD’s operations and businesses, a meeting was held between Ayman Amin Sejiny, CEO of ICD; Wendy Teleki, head of We-Fi secretariat; and Samir Suleymanov, director strategic initiatives, World Bank, at ICD’s premises in Jeddah recently. The parties discussed the development and promotion of women’s entrepreneurship through innovative sustainable solutions to increase women’s access to economic opportunities in developing countries. 

Teleki highlighted the main objectives of We-Fi, which is to support women entrepreneurs around the world through programs that provide financing, capacity building and also promote enabling environments that allow women to become entrepreneurs and grow their businesses. We-Fi uses an ecosystem approach to develop programs at the country level that will break down barriers and create more opportunities for women.

During the meeting, Ayman said: “ICD and We-Fi are working together to enhance their initiatives and mandates in supporting the female society in all ICD’s member countries. We want to ensure that our lines of finance and our relationship with the 102 directly connected financial institutions we are dealing with will further enhance the funding, training to women entrepreneurs and to provide the required necessary support to women in all our member countries.”

Teleki said that We-Fi has six implementing partners (IP) and the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) is one of them. “IsDB, along with ICD is supporting women entrepreneurs in fragile countries. In Yemen, they have a very interesting ongoing program named BRAVE Women. They target to train up to 500 women to learn to develop business plans in fragile and high-risk contexts and up to 400 of them will get access to funding on a matching grant basis. This program aims also to develop the relationship between those women entrepreneurs with the local banks and also lead companies to make sure those women have access to finance and markets to grow their businesses. Moreover, the IsDB and ICD will be implementing soon this BRAVE Women program in two other countries to improve the women’s entrepreneurship potential in key economic sectors and we look forward to seeing those programs happening in future,” she said.

We-Fi is a global platform that seeks to support over a 100,000 women around the world in the next five years and mobilize at least $2 billion from the public and private sector for further activities.