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flyadeal is Saudi Arabia’s new Low-Cost Airline based at King Abdulaziz International Airport.
flyadeal currently fly between King Abdulaziz International Airport to Jeddah and Riyadh with 2 Airbus A320-200
Based in Jeddah, flyadeal is Saudia Airline’s sister company which commenced operations on 23rd September 2017.
The airline is described as low fare and high value. flyadeal gives passengers the chance to pay the fare they want, with generous cabin baggage allowance, extra leg room, onboard shopping and pre order meals. Passengers can either travel with just a backpack or indulge in a good seat and a hot meal.
flyadeal’s fleet of brand new Airbus A320 aircraft is straight off the production line. Seats are comfortable and they all feature USB charging.
8th March 2018
flyadeal unveils first version of mobile app
flyadeal has unveiled the first look of its mobile application less than six months after it started flying. With the release comes a first for any local airline — flyadeal is inviting its customers to help with improving the application.
“We’re really excited about this development. This first release is very much a trial version of the app and is focused on being customer-friendly,” said Con Korfiatis, flyadeal CEO. “We’re looking to hear from our customers about what they like and don’t like. We want to improve the user experience and focus on the things that matter.”He added: “Right now, the app lets you do everything you can on the website — make a booking, manage existing bookings and check in online. You can do this when you want and where you want so long as you have your mobile with you. But we want to go further. Make things easier for our customers. See if there are things we have not thought about. That’s why we will give free round-trip vouchers to the suggestions we like best.”
This first version of flyadeal’s mobile application, operating both on iOS and Android platforms, aims to enhance the user experience by providing an easy to follow process at the touch of a finger. Future updates will be based on the best user suggestions to include further enhanced capabilities, functionalities and payment methods.
flyadeal is encouraging customers to download the app and send them feedback on their user experience, as well as any suggestions they may have for improving its features, functionality and usability.
5th March 2018
Saudia's Flyadeal Aims To Cut 50-Aircraft Deal by Midyear
Saudi Arabia appears ready to fully commit to the low-fare air transport market as Saudia subsidiary Flyadeal prepares to order 50 narrowbody aircraft to support a major expansion in and around the kingdom.
“We are in the evaluation phase and hope to make a decision by the middle of the year,” Flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis told AIN at the recent Aviation Festival in Singapore, referring to proposals from Boeing and Airbus to supply 737 Max jets or A320neos, respectively. “It is a genuine competition from the manufacturers, and we haven’t launched our airline with a new-generation aircraft as we are saving that for our long-term fleet decision.”
Now flying five Airbus A320s leased from Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE), Flyadeal launched commercial services in September with a route between Riyadh and Jeddah. It expects to receive three more A320s this this year.
Flyadeal currently flies to six domestic destinations in Saudi Arabia, and plans call for the airline to serve its first international destination by the second half of this year, said Korfiatis.
“We will start with destinations that are about four hours away, which is plenty,” he noted, adding that fleet planners continue to study several potential markets.
Formed as part of a Saudia Group transformation strategy aimed at elevating the company into a world-class organization by 2020, Flyadeal positions itself as a pure low-cost airline, as opposed to what Korfiatis characterized as hybrid LCCs in the Middle East such as FlyDubai.
The Australian, who has served in executive roles at Jetstar and Indonesia’s Citilink, cited consistent “above average” load factors at Flyadeal as evidence of the region’s appetite for low-cost flying.
28th September 2017
flyadeal takes flight in Saudi Arabia
flyadeal, the newest LCC based in Saudi Arabia, launched its first operations on 23 September, the same day as Saudi National Day, with a twice-daily connection between Jeddah (JED) and Riyadh (RUH). “flyadeal takes to the skies for the first time as the new low-fare airline for Saudi Arabia. Our seat sales have been phenomenal in the first few days and we’re very excited about the future. By offering attractive low fares and clear choices that help travellers customise their journey, we will provide options that meet the needs of budget-conscious travellers,” commented flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis at the launch.
According to the airline, which will use the flight code F3, when seats went on sale the carrier sold 10,000 tickets within the first 24 hours, with the first flight on the 850-kilometre route having a 100% load factor. The new airline is 100% owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, and its current fleet is two A320s. Competition on the city pairing of Saudi Arabia’s two largest cities is already intense, with Saudi Arabian Airlines (152 weekly flights), flynas (95), Nesmas Airlines (42) and SaudiGulf Airlines (31) all serving the route. Currently the airline has no other routes on sale.
King Abdulaziz International Airport
One of the busiest airports in Saudi Arabia with passenger and cargo flights. The airport is hub for Saudia and Flynas. Airlines that fly from and to King Abdulaziz International Airport include Aegean, Air Algerie, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Flydubai, Garuda Indonesia and Turkish Airlines.
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