Beond unveils all-premium airline
Beond, an all-new, all-premium airline with a home base in the Maldives, is all set to connect the archipelago to Europe, Middle East, and Asia-Pacific, with the Riyadh inaugural flight taking off on November 9.
The airline’s first aircraft is an Airbus A319, seating 44 passengers in a luxurious all lay-flat configuration. Beond celebrated its livery unveil last month with events in Malé, Maldives attended by dignitaries, investors, supporters and employees, and at a global media event broadcast online and in-person in Dubai. This first aircraft will be on display at the Dubai Air Show in mid-November.
Beond will fly a fleet of state-of-the-art Airbus A320-family aircraft in a lay-flat configuration, bringing passengers to Maldives in comfort and luxury. Additional Airbus aircraft will join the Beond fleet in late 2023 and early 2024.
Beond’s inaugural flights are scheduled for November 2023, with the Riyadh inaugural departing November 9, the Munich inaugural departing November 15, and the Zurich inaugural departing November 17.
Between October 11 and the scheduled service launch, early bird customers have chartered the aircraft to experience the Maldives. In addition, the airline announced new routes from Dubai and Milan, beginning in late March 2024.
“Welcome to Beond. Our aim is simple: to fly our customers to the most unique and unspoiled destinations where they can release their inner explorer on the most memorable vacation of their lives,” said Tero Taskila, CEO of Beond, and a founder. “Today is but the beginning of our vision for our customers, embodied by this beautiful aircraft – inside and out. We could not be more pleased to showcase it in Maldives, our home and Dubai. We wish especially to thank the government of Maldives and our supporters there, the Maldives Civil Aviation Authority, and SIMDI Group – each of whom believed in our vision for a new airline in Maldives. Our team will do its best to bring tourists to this beautiful nation.”
“Today is the realization of a dream I first had 20 years ago,” said Max Nilov, Chief Strategy Officer of Beond, and a founder. “I had a dream of this airline, for this aircraft, and for this experience for passengers. We have created a premium experience coupled with an operating philosophy that is unmatched.”Sascha Feuerherd, Chief Commercial Officer of Beond, said: “The response by customers and stakeholders has been excellent in our launch cities – which was to be expected. And now the interest has grown from other new origins on our route map. I look forward to greeting our first passengers as they board.”
- All lay-flat configuration in A319
- Riyadh to Maldives from Nov 9
- Dubai-Maldives from March 2024