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Yemenia Flights

Yemenia is the national airline of Yemen based in Sana'a. It operates scheduled domestic and international passenger flights to destinations that are mostly set in Africa and the Middle East, along with other destinations in Asia and Europe out of its hubs at the Sana'a International Airport and the Aden International Airport. Yemenia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organisation.

Yemenia dates its origins back to Yemen Airlines, another airline brand and company that was founded in the second half of the 1940s. It was owned by then reigning King of Yemen Ahamad bin Yayha. When the Yemen Arab Republic was proclaimed in 1962, Yemen Airlines was issued a new airline licence on August 4 on the same year, thus formally becoming the flag carrier of the country. By 1967, the airline entered a co-operation with United Arab Airlines, which lasted until 1972. It was then known as Yemen Arab Airlines. Upon the halt of the co-operation, the airline was renamed as Yemen Airways, which coincided with the company being nationalised. In 1977, Saudi Arabia acquired a 49% stake in the airline, and the name Yemenia was adopted. When South Yemen was united with the majority (Yemen Arab Republic) to form today's Yemen in 1990, plans were made to form the single national airline to bear the flag of the reunited country. To achieve this, the shares held by Saudi Arabia were bought back by the government in 1992, although by 1996, the merger was still incomplete.

By 2008, a number of safety actions were issued by the European Union against Yemenia because of alleged poor maintenance standards in Yemen. In 2009, France suspended the airworthiness certificates of two Yemenia Airbus A310 that were registered in the country, and on the same period, the European Aviation Safety Agency withdrew the maintenance approval that had been issued to the airline forcing Yemenia to suspend all flights to Europe. Although in the same year the European services of Yemenia to Frankfurt were re-launched, all flights (except for the one in Frankfurt) were again suspended in the next year, with the UK and the European Union citing security situations as the primary cause of the suspension. By 2011, the head office in Downtown Sana'a was destroyed by fire due to the 2011 Yemeni revolution, and by 2015, Yemenia was forced to suspend all flight operations until further notice due to the ongoing military conflicts affecting its home base at the Sana'a International Airport.

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