Inaugural flynas Flight Touches Down at London Gatwick
National Carrier Launches Non-Stop Route from Jeddah
London, April 8, 2014: flynas, Saudi Arabia’s national carrier today successfully launched its Global Flight Routes program with its inaugural non-stop flight from King Abdulaziz International Airport to London Gatwick.
XY 21 touched down at exactly 9:25am (London local time) and was greeted with a traditional water cannon salute on touchdown at Gatwick Airport, where it was met by Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at London Gatwick along with other senior executives from the airport. The departure flight XY 22 was due to return to the Kingdom at 10:50 am (London local time).
flynas CEO Raja Azmi, accompanied by media from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, were on board the inaugural flight and were welcomed at the gate with a cake cutting ceremony.
“Launching the first of our European long-haul routes is a very exciting day for flynas and we are very pleased to now offer our passengers a non-stop flight to London as part of our international network,” said Raja Azmi. “The flynas Global Flight Routes program will cover new destinations across Europe, Asia and Africa, all flying out of our international hub in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia in 2014. The international network will also include flights to Manchester, UK, in addition to Paris, France; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Jakarta, Indonesia; Karachi, Pakistan and Casablanca, Morocco.”
Guy Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer at London Gatwick, said: “We are very pleased to welcome the first passengers from Jeddah to London Gatwick today as we continue to build on our already successful long-haul network. Flynas is the first low-cost carrier to serve Saudi Arabia from the UK, introducing further innovation into the long-haul, low-cost, business model.
“Gatwick has spent over £1bn on new facilities in order to become London’s airport of choice for passengers and airlines from around the world. Saudi Arabia is designated as a ‘High Growth Market’ by UKTI, and we believe that this new, highly competitive service to Jeddah will therefore become an important additional business and leisure link for the UK.”
The Airbus A330 aircraft is part of a major fleet investment for flynas and is set up in a two-cabin configuration which includes a new 12-seat Business Class Cabin fitted out with a reclinable flat-bed. Passengers in both Economy and Business Class have access to smart in-flight entertainment, generous hold luggage and a host of other onboard services.
flynas is a leading low-cost carrier with added value (Low Cost Carrier Plus) from Saudi Arabia with a young fleet of 27 aircraft, operating nearly 950 weekly flights on 26 destinations within and outside of Saudi Arabia. Launched in 2007, flynas has successfully operated over 140,000 flights carrying more than 15 million passengers, a number that has steadily grown over the years.
flynas unveiled a new modern identity in 2013 and made significant investments in enhancing its aircraft fleet and introducing a dedicated Business Class Cabin.
In 2014, flynas has launched and pioneered the Low Cost Carrier Plus (LCC+) concept that allows the carrier to offer its passengers value-added, services-driven, yet affordable international air travel on both Business Class and Economy Class, as part of its Global Flight Routes program. This program will drive the future growth of flynas, as it expands its presence on three continents – Asia, Africa and Europe.
In 2013, flynas carried 3.3 million passengers; its highest ever since launch.
For more information, please visit www.flynas.com.