L'Arabia Saudita lancia Riyadh Air


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E' di oggi la firma di un MoU strategico tra Saudia e Riyadh Air che prevede accordi di C/S, Interline e Loyalty.


14 November 2023

Saudia and Riyadh Air sign a Strategic Cooperation MoU as part of an expansive agreement signifying collaborative strength in the Saudi Arabian Aviation Ecosystem
  • The Strategic Cooperation signing shows a statement of intent from Riyadh Air and Saudia as the airlines pledge to work alongside each other.
  • Saudia and Riyadh Air will collaborate on codeshares with guests enjoying a host of benefits, including mutually beneficial loyalty programs.
The national flag carriers of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudia and Riyadh Air signed a Strategic Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding as part of an expansive agreement to include codeshare flight, signifying a major milestone moment of collaborative strength in the KSA aviation ecosystem. The MOU is the first major agreement between the two airlines and it is set to lay the foundation for further cooperation in the future.





Along with strengthening the wider Saudi aviation ecosystem the collaboration is intended to offer a comprehensive range of benefits for guests traveling globally to and from Saudi Arabia, as well as those travelling domestically within the Kingdom. As part of the agreement, guests of both carriers will be able to take full advantage of each airline’s worldwide network through a comprehensive interline and codeshare agreement that will allow guests to seamlessly connect between sectors operated by either Saudia or Riyadh Air. This means members of each carrier’s loyalty program will be able to earn points or credits when traveling on codeshare services operated by the other. This will be followed by a wider loyalty agreement in which guests can accrue or redeem points and receive elite level benefits across both carrier’s global networks.

In addition to offering a comprehensive range of guest benefits, this strategic cooperation also commits Saudia and Riyadh Air, as national carriers of the Kingdom, to working together and implementing broader synergies and efficiencies across the value chain in areas such as commercial, digital development, aviation support services and cargo/logistics. The strategic agreement also aims to optimize routes and resources to ultimately provide guests with a broader range of destinations and services.

Saudia CEO, Capt. Ibrahim Koshy commented, “We’re delighted to be working alongside Riyadh Air and look forward to seeing another Saudi carrier supporting the national aviation strategy and Kingdom’s objectives in tourism. This is a historic moment in where we join forces to serve guests travelling from and to the Kingdom. Saudia and Riyadh Air will positively disrupt the industry as a whole and so we are proud to sign this MOU that signifies our partnership intent.”

Riyadh Air CEO, Tony Douglas, said, “The MoU signing of this strategic collaboration shows a solid statement of intent from both airlines. Riyadh Air and Saudia will play a significant part in the growth of travel tourism within the Kingdom and so having the national carriers working side-by-side is the best way to accelerate and manage this growth. We are confident that Riyadh Air will raise the bar in air travel and working in cooperation with Saudia will help us achieve this as we prepare for takeoff in 2025.”

Benefits are planned to be announced with wider details that would be available for guests booking flights on Saudia or Riyadh Air, when Riyadh Air is set to launch its operations in 2025.
 

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È stata presentata anche la seconda livrea, sicuramente meno trash della prima.


Second time lucky! Riyadh Air listens, and slightly amends second livery to be on point
A few months ago, I covered the new Riyadh Air livery, and how that in principal it’s one of the most elegant new liveries in the skies, but it the logotype on the fuselage was a little too dominant for an elegant, premium carrier. Well, it seems like they’ve listened, as not only their new second livery features a more balanced weighting more akin to a premium carrier, but it seems with the new visuals, the original Indigo livery will be amended to reflect this new look too.

“The latest livery continues Riyadh Air’s indigo theme with striking lines inspired by the twisting canopies of traditional Bedouin tents and elegant curves of Arabic calligraphy,” states Riyadh Air. Now it might just be coincidence that Anton Vidgen, VP Guest Experience is ex-Air Canada, but the bold new look features a similar sweeping cockpit window design – like an Arabic Raccoon, whatever that might be.

Now we love the fact that the indigo signature theme is contrasted beautifully against a light unique iridescent fuselage that reflects purity and the future-focused vision of Saudi Arabia. Now this pearlised approach to liveries in the Middle East isn’t new. Both Gulf Air and Etihad do something very similar that really make the aircraft shine in the sun.

Tony Douglas, CEO, Riyadh Air, said the second livery is another statement of intent from the new airline, “As the largest start-up in commercial aviation in decades we are delighted to unveil to the world Riyadh Air’s second livery which will be unmistakable when it takes to the skies in 2025 as we become one of the first international carriers to have permanent dual-liveries on an active fleet.”
Now that might be true, there are only a few carriers that offer a variety of designs, but there are some carriers that have taken it much further, such as JetBlue, Norwegian, Condor, Frontier, Air Tahiti and more recently Air India Express, that all opt for a wide range of designs to keep their fleet unique and av-geek collectable.
A game of spot the difference. Notice the Logotype is larger on the original livery and the “R” tail-fin logo is cropped at the edges.
One thing is for sure, with limited elements at the moment to shout about, Riyadh Air is making bold, clear statements that are setting a new scene in the Middle East. Even with today’s FlyDubai wide-body order (read: how many different business classes will FlyDubai have!) there were two clear camps of international contender, mass market (Qatar, Emirates, Saudia) and Boutique carriers (Oman Air, Gulf Air, Etihad) – It seems Riyadh Air could be positioning itself as a clear wedge between the two camps, offering the best of both worlds.
I’m sure there will be even more announcements soon, but with deep pockets, we’re going to be expecting some amazing things from Riyadh Air in the coming months.
 

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E' di oggi l'annuncio di un MoU per un accordo strategico tra Riyadh Air e Turkish Airlines.


  • Airlines signed an MoU to offer a comprehensive range of benefits for guests travelling between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Türkiye and points beyond.
  • Broader strategic benefits also expected along the value chain include aviation related services, cargo and digital development.
  • First major agreement for Riyadh Air with an airline outside Saudi Arabia and was signed on the sidelines of ICAN 2023 in Riyadh.


Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 3rd December 2023- Turkish Airlines (TK) and Riyadh Air (RX) have agreed a Strategic Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding to offer a comprehensive range of benefits for guests traveling between the Kingdom, Türkiye and points beyond their Riyadh and Istanbul hubs, as well as lay the ground for deeper future collaborations. Guest of both airlines will be able to take full advantage of each carrier’s worldwide network through a comprehensive interline and codeshare agreement that will allow customers to seamlessly connect between and combine sectors operated by either Riyadh Air or Turkish Airlines.

Turkish Airlines Chief Investment and Technology Officer Levent Konukcu and Riyadh Air CEO, Tony Douglas, signed the agreement at a ceremony on the sidelines of the ICAO Air Services Negotiation Event (ICAN 2023) held in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The intention of both carriers is that benefits will be made available to guests as soon as possible after Riyadh Air launches operations in mid-2025 and is subject to regulatory approvals by relevant authorities.

The close cooperation will allow members of each carrier’s loyalty program to earn points or credits when traveling on codeshare services operated by the other, with both airlines also exploring opportunities to develop a broader loyalty agreement covering both global networks. In addition to offering a comprehensive range of guest benefits, the MoU also commits Riyadh Air and Turkish Airlines to work together to explore and implement broader synergies and efficiencies across the value chain, touching areas such as aviation related services, cargo and digital development.

Turkish Airlines Chief Investment and Technology Officer Levent Konukcu stated: “We are happy to start our relationship with Riyadh Air, a promising new player in the aviation industry. This Memorandum of Understanding is more than a collaboration; it’s a bridge between Türkiye and Saudi Arabia, further strengthening our ties. It's also an opportunity to expand our reach and offer our guests more choices and convenience. We believe this partnership will not only benefit our customers but also contribute significantly to the tourism and business sectors of both countries.”

Riyadh Air CEO, Tony Douglas said: “This agreement is another very significant step in the evolution of Riyadh Air as we partner with the world’s largest global airline by destinations served. Our close relationship will open up seamless connectivity via the global-leading hub at Istanbul Airport to some 130 destinations worldwide, especially within Türkiye, Europe and the Americas and accelerate our network footprint through the market-leading, guest-centric, digitally focused and like-minded global airline brand that is Turkish Airlines.”

Douglas added, “bilateral agreements with established network airlines are extremely important to Riyadh Air and there are significant benefits to this partnership, our passengers can enjoy greater connectivity to the world and deeper access to Türkiye, while an increased flow in volumes of tourism, religious and business travel into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is anticipated. Turkish Airlines is a world class aviation brand, and we are proud that they wish to play a part in the Riyadh Air story.”

The establishment of Riyadh Air is in line with PIF’s mandate to unlock the capabilities of key sectors locally to drive the diversification of Saudi Arabia’s economy. The airline will also support the Saudi Aviation Strategy's broader vision, and enable the National Tourism Strategy, unlocking Saudi Arabia's cultural and natural attractions to international tourists and creating new jobs.
 
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A proposito di quell'apertura auspicabile e necessaria per lanciare l'Arabia Saudita in un futuro fatto non soltanto di petrodollari...

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2...st-alcohol-sales-in-72-years-dividing-opinion

Saudi Arabia to allow first alcohol sales in 72 years, dividing opinion
Shop will be open only to non-Muslim diplomats – but some fear it is first step to wider availability of alcohol in teetotal kingdom

The news that Saudi Arabia will allow its first alcohol shop has citizens and foreigners alike mulling one question: is this a minor policy tweak, or a major upheaval?

Sources familiar with preparations for the store disclosed details of the plan on Wednesday, as a document circulated indicating just how carefully leaders of the teetotal Gulf kingdom will manage its operations.

Located in the capital’s Diplomatic Quarter, the store will be accessible only to non-Muslim diplomats, meaning that for the vast majority of Saudi Arabia’s 32 million people, nothing will change for now.

Additionally, purchasing quotas will be enforced. Access to the store will be restricted to those who register via an application. And customers will be asked to keep their phones in a “special mobile pouch” while they browse for beer, wine and spirits.

Still, some Riyadh residents told AFP they saw the development as the first step towards wider availability of alcohol, which would be a dramatic break from the nationwide prohibition that has been in place since 1952.

“This country keeps on surprising us,” said a Lebanese businessman dining on Wednesday night at LPM, a French restaurant in Riyadh known for its lengthy list of non-alcoholic wine and cocktails mixed behind an 18-metre (60-ft) long marble-top bar.

“It is a country that is developing, that is growing and that is attracting a lot of talent and a lot of investments. So yes, of course, there’s going to be much more.”

Yet like other diners at LPM, the businessman declined to be named, highlighting the sensitivity surrounding anything related to alcohol – which is banned in Islam – in the country that is home to the Muslim holy places of Mecca and Medina.

At another table, tucking into an order of hazelnut tiramisu, two Saudi men in their 30s said they worried about what the sale of alcohol would mean for the kingdom’s identity.

“It’s not who we are,” one of the men said.

“It’s not that I have, like, some kind of judgment towards people who drink. No, absolutely not. But having something that is out there affects the culture and the community.”

He added: “Let’s say if I have a younger sibling, if alcohol is out there, there is a possibility that he will become an alcoholic.”

His friend chimed in to say that he would prefer that people continue to go abroad to drink, as many do currently.

“It’s just scary that they’re allowing such things into [the country]. Any individual that wants to try alcohol, it’s literally an hour by plane away,” he said.

“Everybody travels here. It’s easily accessible. But what I want to say is that in this jurisdiction, I’m not happy that it’s allowed.”

Under his Vision 2030 reform agenda, Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, is trying to turn the world’s biggest crude exporter into a business, sports and tourism hub that can prosper in an eventual post-oil era.

That requires luring more foreigners, and permitting alcohol “in stages” could play a role in that, said Kristin Diwan, of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

“This is one more step in normalising government sanction of alcohol in defined settings,” she said.

The government’s Center for International Communication said on Wednesday the new policy’s goal was “to counter the illicit trade of alcohol goods and products received by diplomatic missions”.

That was an apparent reference to the thriving local hidden market, where bottles of whisky frequently go for hundreds of dollars.

Framing the news this way “is likely intended to send a subtle message that change may be on the way, but that the process will be incremental and tightly controlled”, said Kristian Ulrichsen, fellow for the Middle East at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

For their part, restaurant industry insiders were unsure whether business would be affected in the immediate term.

“For the food and beverage industry, this doesn’t make a direct impact,” one manager said, though he added that if it alters how the outside world sees Saudi Arabia, “this could attract footfall towards the kingdom”, meaning more customers.

If access to alcohol in Saudi Arabia eventually expands beyond what sources described on Wednesday, those with the most to lose include vendors of mocktails and other non-alcoholic beverages, which are increasingly fashionable.

“It’s not a good thing for me. I’ll lose my business,” Evans Kahindi, brand manager for Blended by Lyre’s, a non-alcoholic spirits company, said with a laugh.

“There has always been speculation about having the real alcohol here … But to be honest, it’s with the government, we don’t know yet and I cannot speculate on anything.”
 

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