flynas, a hybrid carrier from Saudi Arabia, has
chosen air transport IT specialist SITA, to provide a range of
passenger check-in services.
The five-year, multi-million dollar agreement
includes an end-to-end check-in solution incorporating SITA’s
Departure Control Services (DCS), SITA’s private IP VPN
telecommunications infrastructure, Type B Messaging Service and
Launched in 2007, flynas has successfully
operated over 209,000 flights carrying more than 15 million
passengers, a number that has steadily grown over the years.
2014, flynas carried 4.5 million passengers, a significant
increase on its 3.3 million passengers in 2013.
The airline has a
young fleet of 24 aircraft, operating nearly 950 weekly flights to
25 destinations both within and outside Saudi Arabia.
Paul Byrne, CEO of flynas, said, “flynas has
successfully managed rapid growth of over 30% in 2014, and we aim
to set a new standard of efficiency for hybrid and budget travel
in the region. By having SITA provide all of our check-in services
and manage them centrally, we have generated immediate cost
savings and can deliver on our promise to provide the lowest
fares, on-time flights and friendly service. This new all-in-one
model also facilitates more accurate budget planning and easier
financial forecasting for new stations as we continue to grow.”
SITA DCS will provide all current and future flynas destinations with fast
and efficient automated passenger check-in, boarding pass
distribution and bag tag printing, covering both check-in counters
and self-service, and the required connectivity and infrastructure
solutions. The backbone of this service is SITA’s private IP VPN
network and SITA’s Airport Hub, a network that connects the
majority of airports around the world in a secure and optimized
SITA’s Type B Messaging Service sits at the core of air transport industry
communications and serves as the standard for many aviation
protocols. This service will enable flynas to directly connect to
more than 2,400 members of the air transport community. And SITA’s
Service Management team, including dedicated aviation IT specialists and engineers,
will help ensure business continuity and manage all operational
aspects based on best-in-class standards.
Hani El-Assaad, SITA President Middle East,
India and Africa, said, “SITA’s check-in services will enable flynas to process passengers more quickly, facilitating a more
seamless journey. At the same time, they will simplify the
airline’s operations, enabling flynas to focus on its growing
SITA supplies CUTE (Common Use Terminal
Equipment) at all Saudi Arabian airports, as well as to the
majority of the airports in the region.
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