Sama, a Saudi Arabian startup, said it was granted an operating license by the civil aviation authority (ATWOnline, Aug. 28, 2006). The airline plans to offer 737-300 service throughout the country and eventually to destinations in the Middle East. It has no plan to operate long-haul routes. "Our priority is to serve as many cities in Saudi Arabia as we can with up to 35 aircraft over the next few years," board member Hatim Mouminah said on the carrier's website. Sama also said it signed an ...

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