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June 25, 2024
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It’s still some 16 to 18 months until Riyadh Air is supposed to operate its first commercial flight in the second quarter of 2025. At the same time, it is only 16 to 18 months. The start-up carrier from Saudi Arabia has big ambitions to raise the bar on customer experience, but first, it needs to build up the company and establish the network. 

This is part of the job of Vincent Coste, Chief Commercial Officer at Riyadh Air since July last year. So he joined eight months before the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF) officially launched Riyadh Air. AirInsight sat down with Coste at the Dubai Airshow to discuss which boxes need to be ticked before the airline is ready for operations.

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Richard Schuurman
Active as a journalist since 1987, with a background in newspapers, magazines, and a regional news station, Richard has been covering commercial aviation on a freelance basis since late 2016. Richard is contributing to AirInsight since December 2018. He also writes for Airliner World, Aviation News, Piloot & Vliegtuig, and Luchtvaartnieuws Magazine. Twitter: @rschuur_aero.