Saudi Arabian gigaproject Neom is becoming a reality at breakneck speed. Speaking of speed, the ambitious development comprising four megacities — Sindalah, Trojena, Oxagon, and the LINE has announced plans to launch its own airline. This move was predictable, with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, MBS, pumping an unheard-of amount of money into the tourism industry. The unexpected part is that Neom Airlines is expected to be fully operational by the end of 2024.
The airline will take tourists, residents, and visitors to and from NEOM in next-generation electric, hydrogen, or supersonic aircraft. The futuristic airline will commence operations from the existing NEOM Bay Airport and relocate to NEOM International Airport when completed.
Keeping the ethos of Neom city in mind, the airline will work on sustainable fuel and review every single component to ensure sustainability, from materials used in decorating the aircraft to single-use plastics. The airline will change how people operate in airports by turning it into an avant-garde, technological-focused experience. Expect biometric facial recognition, deletion of departure gates, and no visa requirements. “Our resorts will be going live in early 2024, so we need to service that demand quickly, initially retrofitting existing aircraft with existing technology,” said the airline CEO Klaus Goersch.
“But come 2026 onwards; there will be new innovative aircraft – whether it be electric, hydrogen-powered, or supersonic – and next-generation interiors coming online from us.” He added, “This new future is what we are building in the North West of Saudi Arabia,” Goersch continues. “The goal is to make the traveler journey as seamless as possible. Due to the fact we are building a new destination, new airports, and a new airline all at the same time – there is a sense that we can achieve this to a level that just has not been seen before.” The Saudi Crown prince MBS has also recently announced a new national airline with the glorious vision of making it more prominent than the leading Emirates Airlines.
What is Neom City?
This extravagant $1 trillion mega-project of MBS is the tangible future of Saudi Arabia developing in the Tabuk Province. Neom will combine four different projects into a fantastic tourist destination. The Line is an elongated ‘linear’ city 33 times the size of New York. Trojena is a year-round outdoor skiing resort with hotels like ‘Collective Retreats‘ and Chedi Trojena already gearing up to open their gates. Neom’s Sindalah Island, more extensive than Disneyland, is a well-appointed paradise redefining lavish vacations. The 840,000-square-metre island is touted to be an exceptional resort and yacht club destination.
The octagon shape city, Oxagon, wins the world’s most significant floating structure title. It will become the world’s first fully automated port and integrated logistics hub. This net-zero city aims to modernize the conservative kingdom under Vision 2030 project and diversify its economy by minimizing dependence on oil. This progress film shows work going in full swing at the larger-than-life Neom City