Air Arabia Abu Dhabi announced that it will prepare for its first flight on July 14 by launching a direct flight to the ancient Egyptian city of Alexandria, the airline announced on Monday.
The fifth national airline of the United Arab Emirates will launch another direct flight to Sohag in Egypt the next day to start its official journey when airlines around the world face challenges to survive due to shrinking demand for travel in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The Abu Dhabi-based low-cost airline, a joint venture between Air Arabia and Etihad Airways, will start operations with two Airbus A320 aircraft based at Abu Dhabi International Airport.
Aviation analysts said the new company will target the Middle East and North Africa market in the first phase of operations, and expand its reach to underserved Asian markets.
Passengers who book tickets with the new airline will be able to benefit from an extensive network and a fleet of Etihad and Air Arabia.
Etihad Airways and Air Arabia currently operate a combined fleet of 162 aircraft, including 109 by the state-owned airline in Abu Dhabi and 53 from the Sharjah-based airline - the only airline listed in the United Arab Emirates.
Air Arabia flies to 170 destinations across 50 countries through the hubs of Sharjah, Morocco and Egypt, while Etihad Airways flies to 80 destinations.
On his part, Tony Douglas, Group CEO, Etihad Aviation Group, said that Abu Dhabi has gained an exceptional reputation for business and leisure trips alike, "and we look forward to seeing the emirate continue to prosper with the improvement of the current global situation and the markets begin to reopen."
“In these extraordinary times, it gives us great pride to launch Air Arabia, the first low-cost airline in the capital.
This joint venture between Etihad Airways and Air Arabia will provide more convenience and direct access to the burgeoning Emirati capital of new markets around the world, starting from two main Egyptian routes, and expanding at the right time. "