In an interview with Arabian Aerospace this month, Akbar Al Baker said that he was "disappointed that we were not able to launch that airline." The comment was the first public confirmation that the project has been dropped.
Rival SaudiGulf – a spinoff of Bahrain-based Gulf Air – was given the nod by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) on June 9, and is will receive its license at an official ceremony on June 22.
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