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New Airline Alert: Qatar's Saudi Offshoot, Al Maha

January 20, 2014 at 12:15 PM | by | ()

First Qatar Airways goes against the grain of its fellow regional airlines by joining Oneworld, and now they plan to grow their footprint in the region by opening up a new airline in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

As the country in the Middle East with largest land mass and population, it makes sense to have more than just Saudi Arabian Airlines and Flynas to take passengers from city to city in the Kingdom. Al Maha will focus on Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and secondary Saudi cities before expanding to smaller domestic cities.

With the help of its big brother, Al Maha will use about 50 planes (alas, no Dreamliners) from the significant Qatar Airways fleet and any one of the 200 aircraft the airline has on order; with a hefty order of airplanes last November, there shouldn't be much shortage of equipment. Painted in green, the national color of Saudi Arabia, the planes will sport the same onyx that we've come to expect of Qatar.

Thanks to the Saudi government opening up the domestic skies to foreign carriers, things should start taking off by the middle of this Summer. No word yet if Oneworld passengers will be able to earn and burn on this new venture.

[Photo: Qatar Airways Facebook]

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