Mahan Air launches its new route to Barcelona, its eighth European destination from its hub in Tehran. The inaugural flight Mahan W5 136 has landed at the Airport of Barcelona-El Prat at 10:00 local time, being received with the traditional water salute.
Air Arabia Maroc, the leading low-cost carrier in the region, launch this Sunday his new route between Barcelona and Fez. Flights from Barcelona to Fez will be twice a week, Tuesday and Sunday, with departures at 14.55 and arrival at 16.00.
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The company is working with reports regarding flying to the city. The firm will double the fleet by 2020 focusing on strengthening its presence in the major European and North American capitals.
With routes between Barajas Airport and the cities of Jeddah and Riyadh, the company wants more. "Our main goal is to grow to one flight per day as opposed to the four per week we have now," illustrated the Director of Sales and Marketing, Maria Gonzalez, to 02B. The second, to land in Barcelona.
The city is covered in the expansion plan through 2020. "We are very optimistic; it is an attractive destination for both the customer who wants to come on holiday and for the business traveller”, she explained. The firm is working with internal report that ecommend linking El Prat with the Persian Gulf country non-stop, something non-existent to date. "We are talking about the largest state in the area to a city like BCN, of course there would be traffic", she proclaimed.
In addition, opening a second destination in Spain falls within the logic of the latest moves of the company. "In 2014 we started to fly to Manchester, and in July we will do so to Munich", she illustrated. The UK and Germany, where they are already present in London and Frankfurt.
Competing with Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways "is possible".
The Saudi Arabian firm has three high-ranking rivals to fly to the Persian Gulf. Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways have a strong position that is virtually unattainable for other airlines. "Of course we can compete with them," challenges the director. To begin with, by 2020 we expect to double the fleet, and have already begun to receive new Dreamliner 787s.
While it is true that they are complicated routes, Gonzalez is clear, "The market is large enough for everyone". The cake is large; in 2030 there are expected to be 1,800 million international tourists, twice as many as in 2010 .
Armenia Airline to Launch its First Flight on April 21
The recently-established Armenia airline will make its first flights to Israel and Russia on April 21, the company’s president Tamaz Gaiashvili told a news conference today in Yerevan.
He said the airline has already received a certificate of the Chief Civil Aviation Department (CCDA) for operation of aircraft and is now going through the final stage of obtaining a certificate for operating regular commercial flights.
He said the maiden flights are scheduled for April 21 in two directions – Tel Aviv and Moscow, after which they will start operating regular flights to Tehran, Dubai, Prague, Kiev, Minsk, Barcelona, London and Larnaca.
He added that the geography of flights will be expanding to the Russian cities of Sochi, Rostov-on-Don, Mineralnye Vody and Samara and later to Germany and Italy. He also said that the prices of air tickets will not be very expensive. According to him, the highest price for a ticket to any destination will be 49 euros and about 96 euros including all the fees and taxes.
Unlike low-cost airlines there will be no restrictions on passengers’ luggage weight; the passengers will be provided also with meals, but the tickets cannot be exchanged for another date or given back. He also said that the airline will begin scheduled flights with three leased Boeing 737, but plans to expand its fleet to five aircraft in July and eight by the end of the year. In the future, the airline plans to acquire a CRJ aircraft.
“The average age of our fleet of aircraft will not exceed 15 years; they will undergo maintenance at the Lufthansa in Germany,” said Gaiashvili.
He refused to voice any figures, including the amount of investments made. Gaiashvili also denied media allegations that Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan holds 50% of the new airline.
“Neither the prime minister nor any representatives of the Armenian leadership is among the founders of the airline,” Gaiashvili said, adding that such rumors are being circulated to damage the new airline.
According to him, given Armenia’s geopolitical location it has no alternative to the development of aviation. As an example, he mentioned the Russian-Georgian war in August 2008, when all airlines stopped flights to Tbilisi, with the exception of the national carrier Georgian Airlines.
“Aviation is an essential resource for Armenia, there is a good market and the spread of such rumors do not contribute to its formation,” said Gaiashvili.
The founders of the airline, according to CCAD are Ashot Torosyan (51%), Gaiashvili (25%) and Robert Hovhannisyan (24%). Gaiashvili is the founder of the Georgian airline Airzena. He was chairman of its Board of Directors, while Hovhannisyan was his deputy.
According to reports in the Armenian media, most of the employees of the new airline will be staffed by Airzena’s personnel. It will also use Airzena’s fleet.