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Beond is the world’s first premium leisure airline with planes outfitted solely with Business Class seats and connecting leisure destinations with cities in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. The airline will use Airbus A319 and A321ceo aircraft configured with only 44 or 68 lie-flat seats for a premium experience as passengers head to the Maldives.
Beond’s inaugural flight between Malé’s Velana International Airport (MLE) and Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport (RUH) will occur on Thursdays and Saturdays starting on November 9th. Munich International Airport (MUC) launches on Sundays and Wednesdays starting on November 15th. Zurich Airport (ZRH) takes flight on Tuesdays and Fridays starting on November 17th. Flights to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) and Dubai International Airport (DXB) will commence in 2024.
There are three fare classes offered by Beond. These include Delight Experience, Bliss Experience, and Opulence Experience. The biggest differences being lounge access, baggage allowances, transportation to the airport, and fare conditions (i.e. refunds).
Tero Taskila, CEO of Beond, said:
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. 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.”
Tickets are on sale now. They’re not cheap, with most roundtrip flights ranging between $2,400 and $3,500. This is to be expected with a premium airline that only offers lie-flat seats.
Anthony’s Take: If you’re heading to the Maldives, this looks like a great choice for what looks like a luxurious ride. We’ll have to wait to see how tickets sell and what further expansion plans are released as the fleet grows.
(Image Credits: Beond.)
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