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|08 May, 2017

Saudia achieves a new milestone

Saudia has made significant investments in new onboard product features, technological applications and customer service

The tail of a Saudia Airlines plane stands at a gate at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017.

The tail of a Saudia Airlines plane stands at a gate at JFK International Airport in New York, U.S., March 21, 2017.

REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
08 May 2017

JEDDAH – Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has achieved a new record in its 72-year history, flying 2,906,070 guests in a single month. The figures reflect consistent growth in domestic and international sectors at a time when the carrier is undergoing expansion across its fleet and route network.

In 2016, 30 million guests flew with Saudia.

As of the beginning of this year, the airline has achieved one third of that figure, flying 10,007,000 by April month-end.

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Saudia has made significant investments in new onboard product features, technological applications and customer service, which has been positively received by our guests.

New aircraft, additional capacity on existing routes and new destinations are contributing to the additional demand across Saudia’s international sectors. Last year the airline inducted a mix of 27 new state-of-the-art narrow and wide-body aircraft, including Boeing 777-300ERs, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, Airbus 330-300 Regionals and Airbus 320s.

This year the fleet expansion continues, where Saudia has already received 11 out of 32 new aircraft scheduled to be received this year (another record for Saudia for the largest number in a single year) seeing Saudia reach an average fleet age of 3.75 years by year end. Currently at 134 aircraft, by 2020, the airline plans to reach 200.

Saudia Airlines Director General  Eng. Saleh Al-Jasser said: “We welcome all passengers flying on board with Saudia and thank you for the continued support as we grow our services.

The expansion across the network is part of our ongoing commitment and dedication to provide best- in-class service and a convenient travel network for our guests flying with Saudia for business and leisure.”

Saudia operates to four continents, covering 86 destinations (27 domestic and 59 international) from its main hubs in Riyadh and Jeddah.

Two new destinations have been added to the airline’s network this year: Multan (Pakistan) and Portsudan (Sudan) on April 1 and April 7, respectively.

In 2016, four new routes were introduced: Maldives, Munich, Ankara and Algiers.  For latest fares and schedules, please visit www.saudia.com

© The Saudi Gazette 2017

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