TATV Newsround: New low cost carrier Fly Jinnah

The trans-Arabian Sea air routes from the Gulf to India and Pakistan are one of the busiest in the world. Pakistan’s market is significantly underserved but could all that change now that Air Arabia and the Pakistani conglomerate the Lakson group are teaming together to form a new low cost carrier Fly Jinnah.

Director of global airline and aviation consultancy Aviado Partners, Shakeel Adam talks to Mark Pilling about the new venture and assesses the threats and opportunities for Sharjah Carrier Air Arabia as the airline develops.

Initially launching with domestic services in Pakistan it has plans to move to international routes. What is it that gives this venture the chance of success when others have failed.

In Southern Africa the region’s airlines association AASA is once again looking for a new CEO. Our regional correspondent Guy Leitch talks to Marcelle Nethersole about why Wrenelle Stander’s tenure was so short.

In Saudi Arabia, its focus on defence industry has seen its indigenous UAV move from a prototype testing through to the start of manufacturing thanks to a new agreement. Alan Peaford explains why Sky Guard is a great model for the Kingdom’s future defence strategy.

All this plus the news headlines from across the emerging markets.

Mark Pilling

Mark Pilling

Mark is a consulting editor to Arabian and African Aerospace.

Guy Leitch

Guy Leitch

Guy is an aviation analyst in demand by South African TV, radio and print publications.

Marcelle (Ella) Nethersole

Marcelle (Ella) Nethersole

Ella is a news editor for digital news channels including Arabian Aerospace, African Aerospace and Times Aerospace TV.

Alan Peaford

Alan Peaford MBE

Alan is a former actor, an award-winning foreign correspondent with strong ties to the Middle East through involvement with the launches of Arab Times in Kuwait and Gulf