flynas becomes first Saudi airline to join UN Global Compact

A flynas Airbs A330 parked on the apron.
Photo Credit: flynas

Saudi low-cost airline flynas has proudly announced its membership in the United Nations Global Compact – the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative.

This move not only establishes flynas as the first airline in Saudi Arabia to align with this prestigious initiative but also marks it as the very first low-cost carrier in the Middle East to take this significant step.

This alignment is in line with the robust Saudi Vision 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Commitment to Sustainability

By takimg membership with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC), flynas has joined the ranks of international institutions incorporating sustainability as a core component of their strategies and operations.


“We are thrilled to secure the distinction of being the very first airline in Saudi Arabia to join the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative,” said Bander Almohanna, the CEO and Managing Director of flynas.

“This remarkable accomplishment underscores flynas’ steadfast commitment to projects and endeavors that generate a lasting positive impact on the environment, society, and the economy. It further solidifies our dedication to crafting a future vision for the aviation industry that is firmly rooted in sustainability.”

flynas Sustainability Achievements

Prior to its membership of the UNGC, the Saudi low-cost carrier already had a strong track record of proactivity in sustainability efforts.

The sustainability report for the years 2021 and 2022 unveiled a notable achievement for flynas – a noteworthy decrease in carbon emissions stemming from the airline’s operations.

This reduction, equivalent to planting an impressive 6.44 million trees, has been accomplished over a span of 18 months.

This impressive feat has been achieved through a multi-pronged approach focusing on enhancing fuel efficiency, embracing digital transformation, and embarking on initiatives that carry a sustainable impact across environmental, societal, and economic realms.

Two new flynas Airbus A320neos parked together on the ramp.
Photo Credit: flynas

Digital Transformation

A pivotal pillar of flynas’ strategy revolves around embracing digital transformation in both operational and commercial domains.

This ambitious initiative serves a dual purpose: not only does it reduce the reliance on paper, contributing to environmental conservation, but it also plays a significant role in conserving fuel. The airline’s track record in digital innovation is indeed commendable.

Flynas blazed a trail in 2007 by introducing digital tickets, thereby reducing the need for paper-based counterparts. The company went a step further by introducing digital boarding passes, a convenience that enhances the travel experience for passengers.

In a landmark move, flynas enabled online payment options in the Kingdom, once again demonstrating its pioneering spirit.

The airline’s innovative mindset continued with the introduction of ticket payment in installments through digital channels, offering unparalleled flexibility to its customers.

Notably, flynas harnessed the power of smart devices to digitize cockpit procedure manuals, enhancing efficiency and reducing paper usage.

Furthermore, the airline has invested in software and technological solutions that bolster maintenance, engineering, and logistics functions, solidifying its position as an industry leader.

The United Nations Global Compact

Launched officially in July 2000, the United Nations Global Compact stands as a non-binding yet potent pact designed to catalyze businesses and firms worldwide toward embracing policies that are sustainable and socially responsible.

The pact places a spotlight on the importance of reporting on the implementation of such policies, thereby encouraging transparency and accountability.

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