New Fujairah airline named as Eastern Express

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The new feeder airline due to start operations out of Fujairah International Airport has been formally named as Eastern Express. It is due to start operations in the first quarter of 2012, according to its chief executive, Alex de Vos.

Privately-owned Eastern Express has been launched by Fujairah-based Al Hajjar Aviation, together with fellow Fujairah company Abulhoul Aviation, which was set up in 2009 to operate a Cessna 206 floatplane between Fujairah and Abu Dhabi, plus businessmen from Abu Dhabi and Dubai.

According to de Vos, Eastern Express will initially operate twice-daily flights to link Fujairah, the most easterly of the seven statelets that make up the united Arab Emirates, with the federal capital of Abu Dhabi.

He has previously said that the new carrier will operate as a feeder to a major local airline that is providing support in setting up the new company, but has so far not identified the larger airline.

Eastern Express will expand its operations to other members of the six-nation Gulf Co-operation Council at a later date, he added.