Posted on: 28 October 2013 by Mark Howells
Air Arabia is celebrating 10 years of successful operations which the airline says “has revolutionised the air travel industry in the Arab world”.
The company adds, “As the first low-cost carrier in the region, the anniversary also marks the completion of a first decade of low-cost aviation in the Middle East and North Africa region.”
From the earliest days of serving five destinations with just two aircraft, the airline has grown to operate 86 destinations across the Middle East and North Africa, Europe and Indian Subcontinent, served by 34 aircraft.
To commemorate the occasion, the airline’s group chief executive officer Adel Ali commented on how Air Arabia, in its second decade, aims to continue leading the low-cost travel segment in the MENA region, and enter new ventures and embark on further expansion to all airports in the Arab world.
Ali added, “By reducing the cost of air travel, and therefore revolutionising the air travel in the region, we have created opportunities for more people to travel in the past decade. Ten years ago, we couldn’t have anticipated how rapidly Air Arabia would grow, or how dramatically our pioneering low-cost model would change how, when and at what price people would travel here in the Arab world.
“The past decade has been a remarkable journey for all of us at Air Arabia – including our employees and, of course, our loyal passengers,” he continued. “On behalf of everyone at Air Arabia, I thank Governments, Airports and Civil Aviation Authorities in the UAE and across our network for ten years of continuous support.
“As we enter into the second decade, we will continue to work hard to become the most preferred airline serving all airports in the Arab world, stretching from the Atlantic Ocean to Indian Ocean, whilst focusing on providing efficiency and superior customer comfort,” Ali concluded.
As part of the anniversary celebrations, Air Arabia has unveiled an A320 featuring a special 10-year livery. The commemorative aircraft will shuttle between the original launch destinations served by Air Arabia when it began operations in October 2003.