Dubai, Nov 12 (UNI) A new airline from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), MIDEX, to be launched by the end of this year starting with cargo and later expanding to include passenger flights will fly to Mumbai and Kochi.
Dr Issam Khairallah, President, MIDEX Airlines, told reporters at the Dubai Air Show that he received the licence for cargo and passenger operations earlier this year.
The new airline will be based in Al Ain and will start operation within the next two months to six international destinations - Orly in France, Mumbai and Kochi in India, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Istanbul in Turkey and Beirut in Lebanon.
''We will operate scheduled flights daily to all six destinations with cargo initially,'' said Dr Khairallah, pointing out that the newest fleet to take off in the region has reserved its option to start passenger operations at a later date.
''We will be UAE's first dedicated cargo airline and the largest cargo operator in the West Asia with a privately owned fleet,'' he said.
The airline management has been busy acquiring aircraft, having all the necessary checks done and getting them ready to take to the skies. The fleet now is six aircraft strong and all airplanes are owned by MIDEX.
''We have 54 pilots, mostly from the US,'' he added.
Mr Jassim Al Bastaki, MIDEX Director General, was also on hand at the 10th biennial Dubai Air Show and expressed confidence in the choice of Al Ain as the carrier's hub.
''The facilities at Al Ain Airport are among the best in the world. Al Ain is close to Oman and linked to both Abu Dhabi and Dubai by a four-lane highway, he said.