Yemenia - Yemen Airways
Yemenia dates its origins back to Yemen Airlines, a company that was founded in the second half of the 1940s and owned by Ahmad bin Yahya, then King of Yemen.
When the Yemen Arab Republic was proclaimed in 1962, Yemen Airlines was issued a new airline licence on 4 August of that year (which remains valid until today), thus becoming the flag carrier of the country, with its head office in the Ministry of Communication Building in Sana'a. In 1967, the airline entered a co-operation with United Arab Airlines, which lasted until 1972. During that period, it was known as Yemen Arab Airlines.
In July 1972, the Yemen Airways branding was launched, which coincided with the company being nationalized. In 1977, Saudi Arabia acquired a 49 percent stake in the airline. The current name Yemenia was adopted on 1 July 1978. When South Yemen was united with the Yemen Arab Republic to form today's Yemen in 1990, plans were made to form a single national airline by merging South Yemen's Alyemda into Yemenia. To achieve this, the shares held by Saudi Arabia were bought back by the government of Yemen in 1992. On 11 February 1996, the merger could be completed.
Yemen Airways has developed a vast network of international destinations, including several to Europe. In detail, Yemenia fly to:
- In Europe:
- In Africa:
- Addis Ababa
- In Asia:
- Abu Dhabi
- Kuala Lumpur
Amongst the domestic destinations served in Yemen, a particular mention must go to Socotra island, defined by many as the "Galapagos of the Indian Ocean".
Yemen Airways fleet is as follows:
- 3 Airbus A330-200
- 3 Airbus A310-300
- 2 Airbus A320-200
- 3 Bombardier Dash 8-10
Yemenia ordered additional 10 Airbus 350-800 with planned entry into service starting 2015.