Fly Arna is Armenia’s national airline

muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com Filed on September 1, 2021
Fly Arna reflects a new era in the growth of the Armenian aviation sector and will contribute to the nation’s tourism, hospitality and business sectors. — File photo

Name chosen from over 500 entries received to the ‘Name the Airline’ competition and is derived from the name ‘Armenian National Airlines’

The Armenian National Interests Fund (ANIF) and Air Arabia Group on Wednesday announced that the new national airline to be launched by their joint venture company will be named Fly Arna.

The new national airline of Armenia will operate as a low-cost passenger airline with Yerevan’s Zvartnots International Airport as its base.

"The company will apply for the airline operation certificate in the coming weeks. More details about the launch date, fleet, and destination network will be announced in due course, according to a statement issued on Wednesday.

ANIF and Air Arabia Group had announced the agreement to launch Armenia’s new national airline in July 2021.

Adel Al Ali, group chief executive officer of Air Arabia, said Fly Arna will mark the beginning of a new era for Armenia’s aviation sector.

"The new brand will also create a significant value to the economy by boosting the tourism, hospitality and business sectors," Ali said.

Name selection

The name was chosen by the board of directors of the joint venture company from over 500 suggestions received in response to the ‘Name the Airline’ competition announced in July 2021.

Following a comprehensive review, the name of the airline was chosen as ‘Fly Arna’ — with the word ‘Arna’ being derived from the name Armenian National Airlines by combining the first two letters of the words 'ARmenian' with the first letter of 'National' and the first letter of 'Airlines'.

“I thank everyone for the active participation in the contest. It is both inspiring and a sign of a shared vision of a successful endeavour we all aspire for the project,” said David Papazian, CEO of ANIF.

“Despite the current challenges of the pandemic, we are confident of the new opportunity that exists for Fly Arna to deliver a winning proposition that will benefit the nation and our people,” he said.

"The new name represents the aspirations of the people of Armenia and is the result of a national competition, underlining how the joint venture company prioritises the interests of the community," Adel Al Ali said.

More than 800 participants suggested the 500 names via email and on ANIF’s social media pages. The name was chosen to be most inclusive and reflecting the spirit of the joint venture company to transform the aviation sector of the country.

— muzaffarrizvi@khaleejtimes.com


Muzaffar Rizvi

Business Editor/News Editor of Khaleej Times is a well-connected journalist and an economic and financial commentator. He has been in the mainstream journalism since 1997, covering the UAE's economy and key sectors. He holds a post-graduate degree in Economics and has won many awards for authentic and insightful reports on global and regional businesses and economic trends.

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