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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 March 2019

First Saudi female flight attendants to take off this month

New Flynas attendants represent a first for the kingdom

A Flynas plane at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP
A Flynas plane at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine / AFP

The first batch of Saudi female flight attendants has graduated from budget airline Flynas's training programme.

The Saudi carrier says that the new attendants will start serving on board from January, in a first for the kingdom. The airline also last year announced that women could join its Future Pilots programme.

“This step stems from Flynas’s keenness to empower Saudi women to play a key role in the renaissance of the kingdom in diverse industries,” the airline said in an official statement.

The flight attendants programme aims to attract 300 Saudi men and women over a two-year period. Special working hours will be considered for women. The carrier also added that the uniform for female flight attendants would be in keeping with Saudi customs and traditions.

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All applicants for the training programmes should be of Saudi nationality, fluent in English, hold a high school certificate as minimum, and match international aviation standards for weight and height.

Flynas was established in 2007. It has a fleet of 30 Airbus A320 aircraft operating more than 1,100 flights a week to 17 domestic and 53 international destinations from Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Abha.

Flynas was named the Middle East’s leading low-cost airline at the World Travel Awards in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. It also won the prestigious Skytrax Award for the Middle East’s best low-cost airline in 2017 and 2018.

Updated: January 8, 2019 05:40 PM

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