Everything you need to know about the first Riyadh Air flight

The new national carrier takes off today, Monday June 12…

Riyadh Air, Saudi Arabia’s brand-new national carrier, takes off on its first flight this week. Monday June 12 marks the first ever Riyadh Air flight – and here’s everything you need to know about the new airline.

What is Riyadh Air?

Self described as a brand new chapter in the sky, Riyadh Air is Saudi Arabia’s new national airline. As a modern, best-in-class airline, it promises industry-redefining sustainability and safety practices, as well as next-level service standards that promise to create an exceptional travel experience.

The carrier operational hub will be Riyadh and the airline will connect the capital to more than 100 destinations globally as part of Vision 2030. Once fully functional, the airline aims to connect over 100 destinations all over the world by 2030, covering three continents including Asia, Africa, and Europe.

The company is fully owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) and is chaired by His Excellency Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of PIF. It also falls in line with the new master plan for King Salman International Airport, which is set to launch soon too.

When and where will the first flight take place?

A special one-off flight displaying the beautiful new Riyadh Air livery will take off on Monday June 12 at 1pm, KSA time. The plane will pass Riyadh landmarks including KAFD, Kingdom Tower and Al Faisaliah as it flies low altitude across the city. Alongside the Riyadh Air plane, the airshow will feature a jet from the Saudi Hawks – the official Royal Saudi Air Force Display Team – with the two planes soaring together in a historic moment across the capital.

Thereafter, you can expect to be boarding a Riyadh Air flight from 2025.

What does it look like?

Simply put, it’s a visual masterpiece. The stunning indigo livery, which represents the lavender fields of the Kingdom and the colour of the sky at night, will be instantly recognisable when it takes to the skies.

What is the airline code?

The airline recently acquired a unique Riyadh Air Airline Designator Code from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), meaning all Riyadh Air flights will begin with the code ‘RX.’

For more information please visit: riyadhair.com

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