flynas is a leading low-cost carrier from Saudi Arabia with a young fleet of 29 aircraft, operating nearly 1000 weekly flights to 33 destinations within and outside of Saudi Arabia. Launched in 2007, flynas has successfully operated over 170,000 flights carrying more than 18 million passengers, a number that has steadily grown over the years.

flynas unveiled a new modern identity in 2013 and made significant investments in enhancing its aircraft fleet and introducing a dedicated Business Class Cabin.

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From the time of his first appointment with National Air Services (NAS) in 2006 as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Bander Al Mohanna has led the team with his continuing commitment to raise the brand’s extensive line of operations to new heights. His strong ability to steer NAS Holding in the direction of constant growth, has seen him quickly move up the ladder to the role of Vice President in 2007, followed by the Deputy CEO position and then appointing him in his current position as CEO of NAS Holding.

During his various Roles in NAS Holding, Bander has succeeded to oversee the group’s diverse array of services and operations including flynas, the Saudi national carrier, NasJet, the largest and fastest growing private aviation company in the Middle East in addition to flynas hajj & umrah. 

Bringing several years of industry experience to the table, Bander has been instrumental in the growth and development of various subsidiaries and brands listed under NAS Holding especially flynas. His far-sighted approach in facilitating lucrative growth plans and vigorous development strategies have contributed towards flynas’ overall operational success.

Bander holds a Master’s of Science in Actuarial & Financial Mathemetics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Master’s of Business Administration from American University in Washington D.C. and a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

paul byrne flynas ceo



Paul Byrne is the CEO of flynas, a position he took up in November 2014 following a three month term as Commercial Advisor to the airline.

With a career spanning more than 35 years in the aviation industry, starting with Aer Lingus in 1979, Paul brings a wealth of wide-ranging experience to flynas, focused mainly on private consultancy in both the emerging low cost and full service airline sectors.

Prior to acting as Commercial Advisor to flynas, Paul undertook short training assignments in Jeju Air Seoul South Korea and Precision Air in Tanzania. Before that he worked with the RM Team at Pegasus Airlines in Istanbul, Turkey, where through the use of a more analytical approach the team is now delivering increased revenues and consistently excellent results.

Previously Paul completed two terms working with Airphil Express (now PAL) in Manila, Philippines, where the focus is on delivering stronger more sustainable results. His contribution to Airphil’s success led to enhanced and more professional RM practices in the current Philippines Airlines (PAL).

From April 2010 to May 2011, Paul worked as coach to the newly installed RM team at VIVA Aerobus in Monterrey, Mexico, achieving record levels of sales and yield. In this period there was also a brief training assignment with Webjet of Brazil to enable the RM team make the transition to the LCC model.

Other assignments include Aero Contractors of Nigeria, where from March 2009 to April 2010 he led a team that developed revenue management, online sales, ancillary sales and onboard sales. From June to December 2007, Paul worked with Mandala Airlines in Jakarta Indonesia and prior to that with Air Deccan where the company went from 3% to 22% market share of the Domestic India market and ultimate takeover by Kingfisher Airlines.

At the start of his aviation career with Aer Lingus, Paul held a large number of roles ranging from the cargo and passenger revenue accounts departments to interline billing and revenue management departments.

Educated at Chanel College, Coolock, Dubin, Ireland, Paul holds an MBA from the Open University. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Independent Business International (IIBI) and was its first Chairman in Ireland.