Pakistani businessman to launch low-cost carrier from UAE

Published: March 28, 2012

MMA Airlines offers to be a low-cost carrier.

DUBAI: A Pakistani businessman from Abbottabad, Malek Naureed Awan, is set to launch an international low cost airline from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) with its maiden flights scheduled in May, the Gulf News reported.

According to the report, MMA Airline received its Air Operator’s Certificate (from the General Civil Aviation Authority) on March 14.

An air operator’s certificate (AOC) is an approval granted by a national aviation authority to an aircraft operator to allow it to use aircraft for commercial purposes. This requires the operator to have personnel, assets and systems in place to ensure the safety of its employees and the general public.

Awan has invested $50 million in the venture and will commence flights from the Ras Al Khaimah International Airport, where it has been registered.

“We have already acquired two Airbus A320s to start flights. Two Boeing 777-300s are expected to join the fleet when we plan to add more destinations, such as Mumbai after traffic rights are granted,” the 26-year old businessman Awan told Gulf News.

This will be the first privately owned, and operated commercial airliner from the UAE.

Awan says he plans to offer flights from Ras Al Khaimah to Karachi and Lahore.

Reader Comments (18)

  • Frequent Flyer
    Mar 28, 2012 - 7:48AM

    Bravo for young aviation entrepreneurship. Wish him happy Landings & safe take offs.

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  • Muhammad Talha
    Mar 28, 2012 - 9:27AM

    cheetah,
    great to see someone at the age 26, working so hard.
    keep it up.

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  • Yasir
    Mar 28, 2012 - 9:30AM

    Is this guy really 26 Years old!

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  • Nosherwan Shahid Shaikh
    Mar 28, 2012 - 9:31AM

    At the age of 26, where did he get so much money from?

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  • Ali
    Mar 28, 2012 - 9:40AM

    At the point, not UAE but Pakistan needs low cost airlines to operate countrywide

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  • Kashif Shamas
    Mar 28, 2012 - 11:00AM

    Good news. Though I doubt 26 year old Pakistani businessman from Pakistan. If he is really, i m not surprised that he is a front man of someone. :)

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  • khan of quetta
    Mar 28, 2012 - 12:39PM

    @Nosherwan Shahid Shaikh:
    not all of us as monumental failures in life you work hard you get reward in life simple why is mian muhaamad mansha has 5 billion dollars he too did bussiness in pakistan only

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  • Parvez
    Mar 28, 2012 - 2:29PM

    What is Mr. Awan’s original business or his family’s business. If related to transportation then he would understand the basics. Best of luck to him.

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  • Kashmirian
    Mar 28, 2012 - 3:45PM

    His surname “Awan” is exclusively pakistani surname, so he has to be pakistani.

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  • Baber Zee
    Mar 28, 2012 - 5:29PM

    Delighted to know … if he is doing this on his own then we have all the reasons to be proud of Mr. Awan.

    If he is a front man for “someone” … still locals will get cheaper rates from UAE – a win win situation in both the cases :)

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  • Shansher St Gabriel.
    Mar 28, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Can we please sell PIA now ,

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  • Ali Tanoli
    Mar 29, 2012 - 12:42AM

    Must be canada lotto he got bravo

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  • current
    Mar 29, 2012 - 3:23PM

    yea yea.. his family money.. he used to stand in cricket presentations in practically all the uae series that have been held recently.

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  • SaudiRules
    Mar 30, 2012 - 3:29AM

    Price of one Airbus A320 is $85-95 million based on how it is configured.

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  • DubaiBoy
    Mar 30, 2012 - 11:21AM

    For all those people who do not know, this is to confirm that Parvaiz Musharraf is his co partner.

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  • Rasfa
    Mar 31, 2012 - 1:25PM

    It may be a shock for Mr. Awan that he would be able to commence services to Pakistan within th existing bilateral framework between Pakistan and UAE. Yes he would be free to operate as many flights as he can float within Arab world because of ACAC multilateral agreement among 16 Arabic speaking nations. As per existing bilateral arrangements betwen Pakistan and UAE, only four weekly flights can be operated to Pakistan that is two each to Peshawar and Lahore from Ras-ul-khymah. These four entitlements are already bein utilized by RAK Airways.

    I hope Mr. Awan is aware of this fact that unless the two countries get together and decide to expand the existing bilateral arrangements there is no way this new airline could land anywhere in Pakistan. It would have been much better for Mr. Awan if he had registered his airline in Pakistan to fill the existing gap in domestic as well as international sector.

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  • khalis
    Apr 1, 2012 - 2:22PM

    to cater half of the working pakistan from their workplace to hometown, its a nice cab service.

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  • Apr 3, 2012 - 10:07PM

    no comments pakistanis are not given a chance in pakistan

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