The Gulf's first low-cost airline, Air Arabia, launched services from Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, last week. Air Arabia's first flight was to Bahrain, and it will serve Beirut, Lebanon; Damascus, Syria; Kuwait and Muscat, Oman. Owned by the Sharjah government, Air Arabia will emulate other low-cost carriers by selling tickets on its website and charging for in-flight meals. Its two ex-Air Malta Airbus A320s, leased from International Lease Finance (ILFC), will be joined in February by four new A320s, also from ILFC.

Source: Flight International