The (Dal) Group – run by Osama Daoud Abdel Latif, the largest commercial conglomerate in the Sudanese private sector – and Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost airline in the Middle East and North Africa, today announced a joint venture to launch “Arabia Sudan”, the new airline in Sudan, which is based at Khartoum International Airport.
Air Arabia Sudan will rely on the same value-added services provided by the Air Arabia group. A best-in-class ticket pricing model will benefit all income groups, enabling travelers to save even more by paying only for the services they want.
Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Thani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Air Arabia, said: “At Air Arabia Group, we are pleased to cooperate with (Dal) Group in this joint project to launch the new low-cost airline in Sudan. We are confident in the ability of Arab Sudan to support the country’s air transport sector, and to contribute directly to the growth of the local economy and the development of the travel and tourism sector. We thank the Dal Group and the General Authority of Civil Aviation for their precious confidence, and we look forward to working together to launch and develop the new airline, which will make available to the Sudanese people new options for value-added air travel.”
Osama Daoud Abdel Latif, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dal Group, said: “We are pleased to announce the launch of Arabia Sudan, in partnership with Air Arabia Group. Our decision to partner with a leading group in the field of low-cost air travel is primarily driven by our enduring commitment to contribute to the achievement of sustainable human and economic growth in Sudan. Our nation has unique untapped potential, which is rarely announced, in addition to the long history of Sudan, the beautiful nature and the diversity of rich national cultures, and therefore we are committed to developing the diverse aspects of the tourism, travel and goods transport sector and investing in the development of aviation infrastructure.”
He added, “Our quest to attract foreign direct investment into our country reflects our unwavering commitment to our core mission; Opening up abundant new employment prospects for Sudanese youth and highly skilled professionals alike. I am pleased to collaborate with Air Arabia Group on this new joint venture, and we look forward to launching Air Arabia Sudan in the near future.”
Air Arabia Sudan will operate a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, and the cabin will enjoy additional comfort by providing one of the largest seats in space, compared to any other economy cabin. The new airline will rely on Air Arabia’s online mobile applications and provide a fast, convenient and reliable customer experience from purchasing tickets to arriving on time at the travel destination.
From its headquarters in Khartoum, the new company will adopt the economic business model of the “Air Arabia” group. Soon, work will begin on issuing the air operator’s certificate, which will allow the new carrier to begin practicing its operations. Details of the launch date, fleet and network of destinations will be announced in due course.