Yemenia (Arabic: اليمنية), also known as Yemen Airways (Arabic: الخطوط الجوية اليمنية) is the national airline of Yemen, based in Sana’a. It operates scheduled domestic and international passenger flights to destinations in Africa and the Middle East, as well as to Asia and Europe out of its hubs at Sana’a International Airport, and (to a smaller extent) Aden International Airport. Yemenia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
Yemenia dates its origins back to Yemen Airlines, a company that was founded in the second half of the 1940s and owned by Ahmad bin Yahya, then King of Yemen. When the Yemen Arab Republic was proclaimed in 1962, Yemen Airlines was issued a new airline licence on 4 August of that year (which remains valid until today), thus becoming the flag carrier of the country, with its head office in the Ministry of Communication Building in Sana’a. In 1967, the airline entered a co-operation with United Arab Airlines, which lasted until 1972. During that period, it was known as Yemen Arab Airlines. Its service had covered around 23 international destinations within 3 continents – Asia, Africa, and Europe and with good reputation in service and excellent safety records that it was awarded the Certificate of Membership for the years 1988/1989 form FSF (Flight Safety Foundation) Inc. Also it had become a member of IATA, AACO and ICAO. Except for the year 1982, its bottom line of income statement was always positive.
Yemenia operates scheduled flights to 24 destinations. The network is enlarged by codeshare flights operated by Felix Airways.