Returning hundreds of millions or maybe 32 billion the Saleh family looted would help the Yemeni govt face the dire poverty of its citizens and would take an important weapon out of Saleh’s hands. However, the Obama administration steadfastly opposed such a move, and the protesters demands, for well over a year.
The US demanded Saleh be absolved of his war crimes in a major break with international law, and he can keep the all fruits of decades of gross corruption. For example, the chairman of Yemenia was Saleh’s son-in-law. Yemenia’s fact sheet shows 60 million spent in renovations since 2000, including 20 million for an upgraded maintenance facility. The fleet is comprised of six functioning aircraft with 12 more inoperable. Several planes are on order but their status is unclear. Update: Transportation Minister pledges to recover stolen funds, assets/
Sun Herald: SANAA, YEMEN — Thousands of protesters marched in the Yemeni capital on Friday, demanding the return of millions of dollars that were allegedly stolen by the country’s former authoritarian ruler, Ali Abdullah Saleh.
The protests in Sanaa come a week after several nations backing Yemen’s political transition pushed for sanctions against Saleh’s loyalists for undermining the country’s shift to democracy after a year of turmoil and bloodshed. The non-military sanctions could include freezing financial assets or travel bans.
Saleh had reportedly accumulated significant wealth during nearly 30 years in power in Yemen, which is the poorest country in the Middle East. He stepped down earlier this year after a popular uprising forced him into relinquishing power in return for immunity from prosecution. Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi was elected president in February to replace Saleh.
Over the past months, tens of thousands of Yemenis held protests demanding Saleh and members of his family be tried in court on corruption charges and over killings of protesters during the revolt.
In a statement Friday, protesters called on Hadi and his western backers, to help trace and retrieve Saleh’s alleged stolen millions.
Hadi and Yemeni opposition groups claim that Saleh and his supporters are sabotaging the country’s transition process, which should lead to a new constitution within a year and general election by early 2014.
From the Yemenia website: Management
Chairman & CEO: Captain/ Abdulkhaleq Saleh Al-Kadi (A330 & B747 Licensed)
Managing Director: Mr. Abdulaziz Al-Hazmi
Dy. Managing Director (Commercial): Mr. Muneer Jahwash
Dy. Managing Director (Finance): Mr. Mohammed Abdulkawi
Dy. Managing Director (Operations): Capt. Mohammed K. Al-Sumairi
Yemen Government 51 % – Saudi Arabia Government 49%
The history of Yemen Airways goes back to the second 40s. From 1949 until 1977, Yemen Airways had experienced moderate developments and different kinds of structural reforms.
In July 1978 Yemen Airways took a big step forward and new Company, Yemenia Yemen Airways) was formed with 51% share by Yemen government and 49% by Saudi Arabia government. The formation of Yemenia had reflected an ideal international investment that is lasting until now. We can say that 1978 is considered as a landmark in the Aviation history of Yemen. It had witnessed the beginning of a new era in air travel services and progress.
By the end of 1979, Yemenia had taken delivery of 4 brand new B-727-200 and 2DHC-7 in 1980. During the period of 1980 to 1990s, and with a fleet of 4 B727, B-737 and 2 DHC-7, Yemenia had undergone many developments in all aspects of its activities. It had set up a big program for training its human resources in Operation, Maintenance, and finance. In the infrastructure side had expanded its maintenance capability and introduced automatic reservation system and electronic data processing.
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.
Throughout the 90s many developments had happened in Yemen. One of the major in Yemen�s history was the unification of the two parts of the country; North & South into one State called Yemen Republic.
As a consequence of this event, Yemenia had consolidated with DY, the former South Yemen Airlines, in May 1996 and added to its fleet 2B-737-100 and 2DHC-7 airplanes.
During the year 1998, a further development has taken place in the management side of Yemenia by assigning a new Chairman for Yemenia, Capt. Adbulkhalek S.Al-Kadi.
With a good vision in airline business and fully aware with the recent development in the industry, the new leadership had set up Yemenia goals and objectives so as to adapt to changes to economic, regulatory, and market condition consistent with:
An optimal public service in air transport could be provided by a public enterprise. Yemenia should keep the status of a state owned enterprise and the National Flag Carrier.
Yemenia should satisfy the demand for air service competitively demand resulted from shift in market size after unification, from tourism development, business traffic expected from the oil and gas exploitation and Aden Free Zone.
Yemenia should qualitatively expand its scope of domestic and international services that satisfy Yemeni national needs. More frequencies and international operation from more than five international airports.
The Public Sector shall play the same role of Private Sector in a free market economy. For a sustainable operation, Yemenia shall generate income and profit, and without any subsidy from the government through :
Maximizing its market share through counter attacking competition.
Seek new markets and business opportunities.
Minimize cost through efficient resources utilization.
Maintain the social role and political implication of the airline.
Yemenia shall continue its remarkable contribution in the employment in Yemen and carry out its political obligations as the flag carrier.
To achieve these goals and objectives, Yemenia�s new management have implemented a wide range of policies and incurred large investments.
It stood firm regarding attempts to privatize the airline.
Finalized the consolidation between Yemenia and ex DY in an effective way.
More independence in the airline work by minimizing the political interference.
Yemenia Capital had been increased by 40.0 Million US Dollars in 2005.
Yemenia has acquired new, cost effective and high technology aircraft for the long and medium haul routes
Tw0 brand new A310-300 airplane joined Yemenia fleet during the second quarter of 1997 .
Other two A310-300 were added to Yemenia fleet during 1998 and 1999 .
Two brand new A330-200 were delivered to Yemenia in November 2004.
One more brand new B737-800 is going to join Yemenia Fleet in November 2007.
Purchase Agreement has already been signed with Airbus Industry to replace the existing Yemenia Fleet by a brand new 6 A350 (plus 4 A350 as optional) with effective 2012.
Three brand new B-737-800 were delivered to Yemenia during May, August, and September of 2002.
Infrastructures and facility development:
Yemenia�s new headquarter building had been designed with the state of art with the total investment of more than 4.0 Million US Dollars � 1999-2001.
Upgraded Yemenia Maintenance Facility to accommodate large size aircraft such as B747 & A330 and to handle the B727 ‘D’ Check for Third Parties with the total investment of around 20.0 Million US Dollars.
New Catering Building equipped with the latest catering technology with the total cost of 3.0 Million US Dollars.
Ground Services upgraded at Sana’a International Airport and other Airports with the total investment of around 15.0 Million US Dollars � 2000-2006.
Modern Pax transit facility at Sana�a Int�l Airport
Cargo village at Aden Airport.
A large scale renovation of Yemenia Overseas Offices and Domestic Sales Offices with new image
Within the last few years Yemenia has invested more than 18.0 Million US Dollars in IT infrastructures and Technology to include new Central Computer Facility and its related equipment and technology .
New Reservation System for Pax & Cargo and Departure Control System and E-Ticketing tools.
Effective June 2007 Yemenia has become IOSA certified Airline
Yemenia has got EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) Part-145 approval for aircraft maintenance.
Yemenia has launched its Frequent Flyer Program by Turkish HiTT and is in affiliation with BAFQ Program.
Yemenia is implementing SITA Internet Booking Engine(IBE)
Yemenia is a Member of Arabesk, an alliance established by a group of Arab Airlines
Yemenia is a Member of AITC, Aviation Insurance Technical Committee, its members are the Airlines of the Gulf and GCC States.
Now with a good standing, Yemenia current network covers 26 international destinations and 9 domestic destinations.