flyadeal – the Kingdom’s New Low Fare Airline takes to the skies on National Day

New airline holds inaugural event in Jeddah and press conference in Riyadh on Saudi National Day to commemorate the first commercial flights

flyadeal First Flight Chairman with Boarding Pass

23 September 2017

Jeddah, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIAflyadeal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s new Low Fare Airline held its inaugural event in Jeddah on the morning of September 23rd. In celebration of Saudi National Day, flyadeal flew its first commercial flight from Jeddah to Riyadh on the morning of the same day. This was followed by a press conference in Riyadh before the aircraft flew back to Jeddah.

The events were hosted by the Chairman of flyadeal and Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, and the CEO of flyadeal, Mr Con Korfiatis, with the support of the Director General of each airport.

Festivities began with cabin crew involving the crowd in celebrating National Day. After the speeches concluded, the attendees also gathered around a ceremonial cake to celebrate this unforgettable moment in the Kingdom’s aviation history.

Special guests on board included industry bloggers excited about being the first to experience flyadeal and the happy winners of the airline’s social media campaign: “Smile”.

Earlier this week, flyadeal announced that online sales had opened via the official website. With one-way fares starting at SAR48, customers were invited to take advantage of the promotional fares for the first route between Jeddah and Riyadh. The response was phenomenal. Customers were clearly excited about experiencing the new airline as flyadeal sold over 10,000 seats within 24 hours.

His Excellency Ghassan bin Abdulrahman al-Shabal, Chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation offered his thoughts: “flyadeal marks an important step in the development of our aviation sector in this great country. The growth of this airline will create opportunities for our youth – new jobs and new skills that will help us build for the future. It is wonderful today to witness flyadeal making history on Saudi National Day.”

His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Chairman of flyadeal and Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation added that: “We developed flyadeal to serve as Saudi Arabia’s new Low Fare Airline and align with the Kingdom’s 2030 vision to diversify the local economy for the benefit of all. Today we mark the beginning of our efforts to serve the growing desire for travel in Saudi Arabia and the region.”

Con Korfiatis, the CEO of flyadeal, went on to say that, “Today flyadeal takes to the skies for the first time as the new Low Fare Airline for Saudi Arabia. Our seat sales have been phenomenal in the first few days and we’re very excited about the future. By offering attractive low fares and clear choices that help travelers customize their journey, we will provide options that meet the needs of the budget conscious traveller.”


flyadeal First Flight Speeches
flyadeal First Flight Cake Cutting

flyadeal First Flight Smile Campaign Winners

flyadeal First Flight Team with Flag