RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — NEOM Airlines, a new Saudi Arabian carrier, is set to launch operations in 2024 from the country's futuristic city of NEOM created in Saudi Arabia's northwestern desert by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The carrier will initially operate from the existing NEOM Bay Airport, with domestic flights and routes to London and Dubai, before relocating to the soon-to-be-constructed Neom International Airport.

The airline will retrofit existing aircraft with current technology to service demand from resorts opening in early 2024. However, from 2026, NEOM Airlines plans to invest in cutting-edge planes, such as electric, hydrogen-powered, or supersonic planes, featuring next-generation interiors.

NEOM Airlines intends to revolutionize in-flight entertainment with 6G Wi-Fi, large screens at every seat, in-seat gaming, and integrated chat technology.

In addition to investing in sustainable aviation and innovative aircraft, the carrier plans to utilize biometric facial recognition technology to substitute departure gates and enable visa-free travel. NEOM Airlines aims to offer passengers a seamless and inventive travel experience, redefining the air travel industry with ambitious plans and cutting-edge technology investments.