Fly Red Sea is the Kingdom’s first seaplane company created to fly guests over the Red Sea’s waters to resorts including St. Regis Red Sea Resort and Ritz Carlton’s Reserve, Nujuma.
The company’s fleet consists of four luxury Cessna Caravan 208 seaplanes managed by a team of aviation specialists. It hopes to expand to nine seaplanes by 2028 and to more than 20 by 2030.
Sustainability and national development
As a subsidiary of RSG, Fly Red Sea takes pride in choosing Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) to fuel its fleet of aircrafts. The company is also exploring the possibility of using electric seaplanes entirely. It is working closely with ZeroAvia on the possibility of adding hydrogen-electric propulsion technology to the Cessna Caravan Seaplanes.
“Our goal was to create a company that would allow us to maintain high standards across every guest touchpoint, that would give us the platform to explore technologies to reduce the aviation industry’s carbon footprint, and which would prioritize giving skilled, rewarding career opportunities to the Saudi people” stated John Pagano, group CEO of Red Sea Global.
In line with its commitment to hiring local talent, RSG issued the first Saudi seaplane captain’s license to Fly Red Sea. It has also recently employed the first seaplane-specific engineers at the location.
The future of the Red Sea
This year, the Red Sea is opening its doors to visitors. After receiving its first flights last month, Red Sea International Airport is officially operating. Bookings have also started in its first two hotels. Upon the completion of the project in 2030, it will include fifty resorts with up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential units spread across 22 islands and six inland locations. The location will also include golf courses, restaurants and cafes, entertainment, and lavish facilities.
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