Sudan-based conglomerate DAL Group and Emirati low-cost carrier Air Arabia have created a joint venture (JV) company, which will be based at Khartoum International Airport in Sudan.

Named Air Arabia Sudan, the JV will manage a fleet of new Airbus A320 aircraft featuring spacious economy cabin seat pitches.

The aircraft will also incorporate Air Arabia’s online and mobile app-based user interfaces.

In addition, the JV will follow the low-cost business model used by Air Arabia across its network in the Middle East and North Africa.

According to Air Arabia, the new venture will ensure an ‘accessible’ ticket pricing model to support all income groups.

The process for obtaining all necessary approvals and licences is expected to begin soon.

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Air Arabia chairman Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohamed Al Thani said: “We are confident that Air Arabia Sudan will add significant value to the air transport sector of Sudan and directly contribute to the growth of the local economy and the development of the travel and tourism sector.

“We thank DAL Group and the Sudanese Civil Aviation Authority for their trust, and we look forward to working hand in hand to develop the new airline, which will serve as a new value-for-money air travel option for the country.”

DAL Group chairman Osama Daoud Abdellatif said: “DAL Group is excited to launch Air Arabia Sudan in partnership with Air Arabia Group.

“Our decision to partner with a leading pioneer of low-cost air travel is driven by our core commitment to perpetually contribute towards realising Sudan’s long-term human and economic growth and development potential.

“Given Sudan’s rich national cultures, rarely publicised yet fascinating ancient history and breathtaking topography, our nation enjoys a unique untapped potential, and we are therefore steadfastly committed to developing the diverse aspects of Sudan’s tourism, travel, cargo transport and aviation infrastructure sectors”