Air Arabia, the first and largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in the Middle East and North Africa, has won the ‘Low-Cost Airline of the Year’ recognition at the 13th Aviation Business Awards (AVB) gala ceremony held recently in Dubai.
Air Arabia was adjudged in the ‘Low-Cost Airline of the Year’ category by an expert panel of industry judges for the carrier’s innovation, sustainable performance and continuous growth.
Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer of Air Arabia, said: “Winning the ‘Low-Cost Airline of the Year’ award reiterates Air Arabia’s industry leadership, and the exceptional value that we deliver to our customers. Led by a focus on innovation and a commitment to draw on the latest technology, we will continue to focus on adding new routes that connect more people across the world while continuously providing added value to our customers.”
Air Arabia has added 10 new routes to its global network in the first half of this year. Currently, Air Arabia operates flights to over 170 global destinations in 50 countries from four hubs in the UAE, Morocco, and Egypt. To add to the customer experience, during the first half of 2019, Air Arabia launched a new complimentary in-flight entertainment system ‘SkyTime’ that allows passengers to live stream digital content on smartphones, tablets or laptops while traveling with the carrier.
In April, Air Arabia received the ‘Best Low-Cost Carrier Award’ by Oman Airports in recognition of its continued commitment to passenger satisfaction and development within the industry.
Today, the airline’s CEO Adel Al Ali announced that his company will be making a decision on ordering new aircraft by January 2020, as reported by Reuters.
Reuters continued: “The decision will be made in the last part of 2019 or in January next year, Ali said at a conference in Dubai. He said the company would order around 115 to 120 planes and is looking at Airbus A220 aircraft and the Boeing 737 MAX. Air Arabia’s current fleet consists of Airbus A320 planes.”