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Welcome back to this year's Arabic Design Contest! 2021 has been a wild year that'll hopefully soon come with a sense of normalcy. To help ease in better times, I decided to bring in this year's contest in May again and give everyone a fun challenge before we go off for the Summer. I also decided on an extended deadline—nearly a full month to enter submissions. 


I'm pretty excited to do this for the fourth year now. Since I started the contest in 2018 I've seen great improvements in Arab airline design on the Gallery and on the Discord servers. Last year's entries included some of the cleanest, most professional I've seen yet. I look forward to seeing what everyone has in store for this year.


I encourage everyone to visit the previous contests (2018, 2019, & 2020) and draw from the design and commentaries of these editions. I also encourage everyone to read the rules and guidelines carefully and take note of the different submission Groups.
Wishing everyone the best of luck!


Submit a brand portfolio for an original airline based in the Arab World* by

May 28th.**




* See Map.

** Deadline may be modified.

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 Group A | Royal Bahraini  الملكي البحريني | Bahrain International Airport(BAH)






Royal Bahraini Airways (Arabic: الملكي البحريني) is a full service carrier headquartered in Manama, Bahrain with its main and only hub located at Bahrain International Airport in Bahrain. The airline is the official flag carrier of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The airline was officially launched on 27 June 1950, flying its first flight from Bahrain to Riyadh, making it one of the Gulf's oldest airlines. The airline was fully bought out by the Emirate(now Kingdom) of Bahrain in 1975, and saw a period of high growth, adding widebodies to the fleet and launching long haul flights to high profile destinations such as London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Singapore, establishing the vast international network it has today.


Royal Bahraini primarily operates on a connections-based business model, using its centrally-located hub in Bahrain to transit passengers from Europe and North America to Asia, Oceania, and Africa. This model has proven to be very effective for the carrier. 


As competition from airlines based out of other Gulf states started to increase, Royal Bahraini started ramping up its inflight services and overall outlook to incentivize passengers into flying with them. Because of this, Royal Bahraini is widely regarded as a premium carrier with a high reputation, offering some of the best amenities and services in the sky. 






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Group A | Jordanian Crown Airlines |  Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)





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Group A - Sudan. Khartoum International (KRT/HSSK)


Established in 1976 with a pair of Boeing 707s and various piston aircraft, Sudania Airlines (branded as SUDANIA) is the flag carrier of Sudan. Before the airline was banned from the European Union in 2010, the airline was one of the cheapest and reliable ways to travel from the Middle East to Sudanese and African cities. Its logo, a stylized red eagle, signifies speed and efficiency. However, the airline has since lost its way, with the airline consistently making losses of billions of Sudanese pounds per year as airlines like Ethiopian and Emirates snap up demand. Since then, the airline has been forced to retire its 767 and MD80 fleet, leaving it with an ageing all-Boeing fleet of jet aircraft. The Sudania Airlines fleet currently consists of:

Boeing 737-300 - x5

Boeing 737-400 - x8
Boeing 737-800 - x3

Boeing 757-200 - x2


A MOU for six 737 MAX 8s as well as a trio of MAX 7s was signed at the 2016 Farnborough Airshow, but no new orders have since emerged. The airline has also placed orders for five ATR 72-600s to be delivered before 2025.



Group C - Kuwait. Kuwait International (KWI/OKBK)


Founded in 2008 with a pair of 737 Classics leased from Pakistan International Airlines, Falconjet is one of the world's leading widebody charter services. With a current fleet of seven aircraft ranging from the 767-300 to a recently acquired ex-Etihad 777-300ER, the company is able to offer an extremely flexible portfolio of services. Thanks to the company having its own Air Operator Certificate (AOC), the airline often finds its aircraft being chartered by airlines banned in the EU to continue operations to important destinations for the airline, such as Sudania Airlines' routes from Khartoum to London and Manchester which were operated by Falconjet's 767s until early 2019. The Falconjet Aviation fleet currently consists of:

Boeing 767-300 - x4
Boeing 787-8 - x2

Boeing 777-300ER - x1



While the company has expressed interest in orders for their 787-8s' bigger brothers 787-9 and 787-10, no new orders have emerged.




Group B - Egypt. Hurghada International (HRG/HEGN)


Established in early 2004 with a single ex-Lufthansa 737, Air Azurite (branded as azurite) is a Egyptian low-cost carrier based at Hurghada International Airport in Egypt. After taking delivery of a ex-America West Airbus A320 in December of the same year, the airline has since established a 29-strong fleet of Airbus A320s.

In 2018, the airline refreshed its 14-year-old livery and brand identity by rebranding to azurite, introducing a modern new livery and shade of blue. At the 2018 Farnborough Airshow, Air Azurite placed an order for fifteen new A320 series aircraft as well as options for a further seven. The Air Azurite fleet currently consists of the following aircraft:


Airbus A320-200 - x18

Airbus A320neo - x8

Airbus A321neo - x3




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Group A | Wi'am | Bahrain Int'l Airport (BAH)


Wi'am A340-600 (third Time Lucky?)
Wi'am is Bahrain's flag carrier. It was founded in the late 90s as a project to boost Bahrain's tourist industry and international prestige. The name is a transliteration of the Arabic word وئام  meaning Harmony. In the early days, the line operated with a large used fleet to jump start a network of connections. This model of business proved to be a success, with the airline capturing a particularly large market share in single stop connections from Oceania to Europe and the reverse. A massive cash injection from Bahrain's king in 2000 meant that the used flagships of the fleet were phased out as 747-100s and L1011s faded in favor of new flagship A340-600s and less prestigious workhorse A330s. By 2001 the airline had orders pending to transform itself with an entirely Airbus fleet. Events in 2001 dampened demand and so these deliveries were pushed back. By 2006 though, the transformation was complete. Wi'am never made any A380 orders in part because of this slump, in part because they already had a large number of orders on the books, and in small part because the King of Bahrain did not like the way the A380 looked. The airline enjoyed relative profitability for a period marked by cementing market share in Oceania and increasing operations to North America which were only possible thanks to the range of the A340-600. Other Gulf carriers posed a rising threat as the decade turned, leading Wi'am to increasingly aggressive marketing campaigns and a new corporate identity centered around Bahrainian architecture and a dark, sophisticated color scheme. The deep blues reflect the oceans which surround the island nation and the gold highlights the sands of Bahrain. The fleet also received new state of the art cabins with enclosed suites for first class, some of the first of their kind. However, the updates did little to stem the tide of costumers away from Wi'am and to other network airlines in the region. Profits slowly declined and the airline slipped into debt by 2015. Austerity measures by the government prevented another cash injection and the airline lacked capital to update its fleet with A350s or 787s. The situation only got worse still as Australian and European carriers began nonstop operations, undercutting Wi'am's historically most profitable sector. The situation still hasn't improved and the airline remains unprofitable and now operates one of the oldest fleets of the world's major air carriers but continues to operate with limited government support as the government would rather drip the airline money to cover losses incurred by an aging and inefficient fleet rather than buy or lease new aircraft.

Group B | Bennu | Alexandria Borg El Arab (HBE)


Bennu 737 Max 200s


Bennu is Egypt's largest LCC. Founded in the mid 1990s, the airline has seen impressive and consistent growth over its history and this culminated in its fleet renewal program with plans to retire its heavily used T tail MD 80s and 90s in favor of fancy new 737 Maxes configured with an extra exit to allow for a higher density configuration. This coincided with a brand overhaul and the introduction of the new livery. The transition was delayed by the Max engineering issue and later COVID pandemic, but starting in summer 2021, the airline hopes to restart full operations out of its Alexandria hub with 10 of the Max 200s which have been stored at Renton for nearly 3 years.
The above aircraft wears a special "Wings of Egypt" livery which was used to introduce the brand overhaul and is frequently used in press images. The below craft is in the mainline livery with simplified tail design and 35 of the total 40 Max 200s on order will wear this livery.



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 Group A | Maroc Airlines الخطوط الجوية المغربية | Casablanca (CMN)





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Mesopotamia Airlines | طيران بلاد الرافدين | Group B | Abu Dhabi - AUH


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Mesopotamia Airlines, founded in 2006, is a Low Cost Carrier proving budget transportation from the UAE north to many destinations throughout the Mesopotamia region. From our base in Abu Dhabi, we operate all of our aircraft and serve all of our destinations. This allows us to follow the hub-and-spoke model of aviation, bringing thousands of passengers through the United Arab Emirates, greatly boosting tourism and the economy in our country as it is now a cheap destination to visit.


Our Livery:


Our livery includes our name in both English and Arabic. We use our primary color of red as well as green accents. We use the symbol of the snake on our tail, as we are poised to strike at the northern markets in the Mesopotamia region where there is far too little service. Our snake also devours its fangs into the non-competitive markets, giving passengers a choice for a lower fare.


Our Fleet (Current): 62 737-800/MAX
50 - Boeing 737-800
12 - Boeing 737 MAX 8

The Boeing 737 has been our only aircraft family since our founding, and we have no plans to change that. We hope to operate 80 airplanes by 2023, which includes our 50 current 737-800, some used and some new, as well as 30 737 MAX 8. We originally purchased 20 MAX 8, but having struck a deal with Boeing we are acquiring 10 aircraft from cancelled MAX orders that are in the process of refurbishment.


Older 737-800 operate with the "Sardine XL" configuration of 180 seats with 29.5 inches of pitch. Newer 737-800 and all MAX aircraft operate the "Sardine XXL" configuration, with 186 economy class seats with 29 inches of pitch.

We leased 10 used 800s in 2010, operating the XL configuration. In 2012, we leased 10 more from another lessor, preparing for the imminent retirement of our 300s. These also operate in XL. For our major revamp in 2014, we purchased 30 new 800s from Boeing, with our new XXL configuration. All the 800s were in the fleet by 2018 when the 737 MAX began delivery.


Our Fleet (On Order): 18 737 MAX

18 - Boeing 737 MAX 8

The Boeing 737 MAX is the perfect aircraft to extend our horizons north, south, east, and west. All 737 MAX are delivered with our new "Sardine XXL" configuration, with 186 economy class seats with 29 inches of pitch. 20 737 MAX were ordered for our major revamp in 2014 and began delivery in 2018. 10 more built airplanes that had their orders cancelled were purchased from Boeing at a discount in 2020. These planes will begin service in 2022 after a revamp to change their seat configuration, livery, and style.



Our Fleet (Historical)
8 - 737-300

4 - 737-700

The 737-300 was our first airplane, and we operated eight used models operating in a "Sardine S" configuration with 144 seats and 30 inches of pitch. The 300 began operations with us in 2006 and all eight had entered the fleet by 2008. It was retired in 2012 after 6 years of service for age reasons, as the planes were approaching their operating lifespan.

The four 737-700 models were leased, and they operated in a "Sardine M" configuration for most of their lifespan, with 147 seats of 29.5 inch pitch, before being reconfigured in the "Sardine L" configuration in 2014, with 149 seats and 29 inches of pitch. These were operated from 2008-2016 and were removed from the fleet due to size and slot issues at major airports.

2014 Revamp:

In 2014, Mesopotamia Airlines announced one of the largest revamp to ever take place for an airline in Abu Dhabi. We announced our new Sardine L and XXL layouts, our orders for new 737-800 and MAX, as well as a branding change, changing our primary color from orange to red and placing greater emphasis on the "Airlines" part of our name.


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Hub: Moroni Prince Said Ibrahim International Airport (HAH/FMCH)
Historic Fleet (Historic number meaning total number of all aircraft operated):
3 Airbus A330-200 (1 used for cargo only) (3 historic)
2 Boeing 767-300ER (4 historic)
3 Boeing 767-200ER (5 historic)
1 Boeing 737 MAX 9  (1 historic, 3 on order)
1 Boeing 737 MAX 8 (1 historic, 2 on order)
3 Boeing 737-800 (3 historic)
3 Boeing 737-700 (3 historic)
2 Boeing 737-300 (6 historic)
6 DeHavilland Canada DHC-6-200 (8 historic)
3 Viking Aircraft DHC-6-400 (3 historic, 3 on order)
5 Cessna 208B Grand Caravan (10 historic)
2 Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster (3 historic)
0 ATR 72-600 (0 historic, 2 on order)
0 ATR 42-600 (0 historic, 3 on order)
0 Airbus A320-200 (1 historic, leased due to the Boeing 737 MAX grounding)
0 Boeing 737-200(Adv) (3 historic)

0 Boeing 737-400 (3 historic)
0 Boeing 737 MAX 7 (0 historic)(5 on order)
0 Boeing 737 MAX 10 (0 historic) (2 on order)
0 Boeing 757-200 (1 historic)
0 DeHavilland Canada DHC-6-100 (3 historic)

Flycomoros was founded in 2001 with the goal of increasing travels to the Comoros. It launched with 1 leased Cessna 208B Caravan (D6-ENF) and 1 leased 737-200(Adv) (D6-ZEE), flying from Moroni to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Ouani, also in the Comoros. Over the last 2 decades, its fleet has grown from 2 to 34, and its network now spans across 3 continents, flying as far as Paris and, on occasion, Mumbai, with the first intercontinental Flycomoros flight taking place in 2009, on a Boeing 767-300ER, D6-FCA, which flew to Paris' Charles De Gaulle airport. In 2006, Flycomoros rebranded all  aircraft with under 50 seats in their fleet under Flycomoros Link branding, although it was all the same brand. The first aircraft to wear Flycomoros Link branding was a DeHavilland Canada DHC-6-100 (D6-DEB). The airline created a cargo subsidiary in 2015, which flew cargo between the islands, using Cessna 208B Super Cargomaster aircraft. In 2020, a leased Airbus A330-200 (D6-FCP) was used for the airline's first ever long haul cargo flights, which flew to places including Leipzig, East Midlands, Paris, Hong Kong, and Seoul, primarily to import PPE, tests, and vaccines during the COVID-19 pandemic. Here's to another 20 years!

Design submission: https://tinyurl.com/flycomoros-1

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Group A | Oman Airways | Muscat International Airport (MCT)


Oman Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية العمانية) is Oman's state-owned national airline, headquartered on the grounds of Muscat International Airport in the nearby coastal city of Seeb which also serves as its primary hub. It operates a network spanning 50 destinations in 27 countries across eastern Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.

History: Oman Airways was first established in March 1993 with a wet-leased Boeing 737-300 from Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services (AWAS) operating flights between Muscat and Salalah, with international flights to Dubai being launched in July that same year. Flights to more Middle Eastern and South Asian cities quickly followed thereafter, and by the early 2000s the airline already developed a sizeable regional route network covering a good number of key destinations. Further international growth continued throughout the next two decades, reaching a peak before the COVID-19 pandemic crippled the global aviation industry and forced the airline to shelve future expansion plans. In spite of this seatback, Oman Airways has remained committed to maintaining high standards of passenger service and comfort both domestically and internationally, given its role as a brand ambassador representing Omani hospitality around the world.

Logo: Oman Airways' logo is an osprey, a native coastal bird familiar to many Omanis. It has gone through two iterations, with the current one being introduced as part of a rebranding during the 2008-2009 period—when the airline first ventured into the international long-haul market.

Fleet as of January 2020

4x Airbus A330-200

6x Airbus A330-300

15x Boeing 737-800

5x Boeing 737-900ER

5x Boeing 737 MAX 8 (+15 future orders)

2x Boeing 787-8

7x Boeing 787-9 (+6 future orders)

Old logo and livery, in use from 1993 until 2008



Current logo and livery, in use from 2008 to date



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Group A | Egypt Airlines | Cairo (CAI)


Group B | Fly Meshan | Kuwait (KWI) 




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Yemeni Airlines | Group A | Sana'a SAH




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Adeniyah | Group A  | Aden





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Group A | Sudanese Airways | Khartoum (KRT)





2x Boeing 737-500

2x Boeing 757-200

3x Boeing 767-200

1x Airbus A310-200

1x Airbus A320-200 (2 on order)



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GROUP C | Mashriq Air طيران المشرق | Baghdad (BGW/ORBI), Iraq

Mashriq Air is a small, regional airline that primarily operates domestic services within Iraq and to some of its neighboring countries, too. The design draws inspiration from the rich cultures that have inhabited the region and, thus, incorporates motifs found in Babylonian, Persian, and Arabic architectures and Kufic decoration.





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