Sama has been granted a new national air carrier licence by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to operate domestic scheduled flights across the Kingdom. Hatim Mouminah a board member said, ‘We are delighted with the confidence GACA has shown in us by awarding Sama the Dammam base licence. We look forward to bringing lower fares and a simpler flying experience to Saudi Arabia. We believe our services will further boost national tourism and create new job opportunities for Saudis’.
He added, ‘Sama has passed several stages in its start-up process, the first being the arrival of two Boeing aircraft in the Kingdom, fully kitted out with our livery and seats. A further two aircraft will be arriving this month. Our priority is to serve as many cities in Saudi Arabia as we can with up to thirty five aircraft over the next few years. We look forward to announcing details of Sama destinations, flight times and fares shortly.’
In addition to the arrival of the first aircraft, Sama has signed up several key suppliers to make sure that safety and world class experience underpin the airline. One of the most important contracts includes SR Technics, a world class aircraft maintenance company, confirming Sama’s commitment to the highest safety and quality standards. Similarly, Mango Aviation, a boutique airline consultancy which has several decades of airline management experience in its team.