Arabesque becomes Beond: A business class airline under this name will take off with an Airbus A321neo. The hub of the network is the Maldives – with routes to Europe as well.
On the Airbus A321neo, it normally seats 180 to 220 passengers in two-class seats. A new airline called Beyond, Formerly known as the Arabesque ProjectOn the other hand, you only want to carry 68 passengers in the A321 Neo – all in business class. That’s eight more seats less than France’s La Compagnie offers in the A321 Neo, which is also based on a pure business-class offering.
Currently, Beyond is looking for cockpit crews in Dubai and Mali. The Maldives has become the hub of the network, with the airline applying for Air Operator Certification (AOC). “The first commercial flight will take place in the first half of 2023,” the company told aeroTELEGRAPH.
Various variants of A321 planned
According to Beond, Dubai is only one of eight to ten primary destinations that can be reached within seven hours. There are other countries in Saudi Arabia, China and India.
The first planes are scheduled to arrive in the first quarter of 2023. “The first two to three will be A321 Ceos with an additional tank,” the airline explains. “The first A321 Neo will be added at the end of the first half of 2023.” A321 LRs will also follow towards the end of the third quarter. In total, the goal is to have about seven to eight aircraft by the end of 2023.
Munich, Zurich and Vienna in 2023
With Munich, Zurich, Vienna, Paris and Milan, five destinations in Europe will be connected to Male for now. “In our lineup, the A321 LR is lightweight, fuel efficient and gives us enough range to fly to Munich, Vienna, Zurich and other points in Europe,” says Beyond. “Our goal is to have them included in our network by the end of the next summer flight schedule in 2023.”
Later, the A321 XLR will also join the fleet. “XLR will expand our reach even further and allow us to serve non-stop markets such as Great Britain or Spain,” the company explains. Airbus won’t deliver the plane until 2024.
Seat preview from the manufacturer Optimares. Photo: Bend
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The 68 seats will be in a 2-2, all-in-one configuration and convertible into flat beds. However, there will be three booking classes, which differ only in the width on the ground and the conditions of the ticket.
The airline is run by the three founders: airline president Tero Taskela, former president of Air Estonia; Max Neelof, Chief Strategy Officer, most recently worked in Sales and Marketing at Boeing; Chief Commercial Officer Sacha Feuerrd, formerly of the airline’s Iata organisation. Arabesque/Beyond has teamed up with local Simdi Group to establish Beyond in the Maldives.
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