INDIA & MIDDLE EAST: RAK Airways to re-launch this year

RAK Airways will re-launch its operations in the September-October period with B737 aircraft with the aim to break-even in the first year, its chairman said. The UAE’s fifth carrier will start with two planes and cover South India and Saudi Arabian routes, Sheikh Omar bin Saqr Al Qasimi said. UAE has Emirates, Etihad, Air Arabia […]


RAK Airways will re-launch its operations in the September-October period with B737 aircraft with the aim to break-even in the first year, its chairman said. The UAE’s fifth carrier will start with two planes and cover South India and Saudi Arabian routes, Sheikh Omar bin Saqr Al Qasimi said. UAE has Emirates, Etihad, Air Arabia and Flydubai.

“We will start with two aircraft then we will judge our situation. We don’t want to go very positive until we analyse our situation,” he said.

“We used to have three aircraft – two were for charters but they have been sold. We still lease one aircraft and that is being chartered for other companies,” he added.

The Ras Al Khaimah carrier started operations at the end of 2007 before suspending services in May 2009 due to business difficulties.

It reduced its fleet size from three aircraft to one, and terminated its services to Dhaka, Colombo, Calicut and Chittagong. At the same time the airline also cut jobs.

The airline ran on a charter-only basis using its only aircraft, a Boeing 757-200.

To complement the carrier’s revival, construction work is also underway at RAK International Airport, which is aiming to get a slice of the UAE’s passenger and cargo business.