Jeddah, 19th February 2014
Saudi Airlines Cargo has announced that it will increase its belly capacity on new international routes through the commencement of Saudi Arabian Airlines passenger flights to Manchester and Los Angeles as of 1 April 2014, thus offering new cargo opportunities to these destinations.
The Manchester service will be operated by the airline’s B777-200 aircraft and will have a capacity of 9 tons from KSA and 12 tons into KSA, while the Los Angeles service will be operated by the B777-300 aircraft and will have a capacity of 6 tons from KSA and 8 tons into KSA. Both destinations will be served three times per week.
“We are delighted that Saudi Airlines is launching new non-stop routes from Riyadh/Jeddah to Manchester and from Riyadh/Jeddah to Los Angeles,” commented Peter Scholten, VP Cargo at Saudia Cargo. “As our second passenger destination to the UK and our third to the US, these new direct services will undoubtedly provide us with further opportunities to increase our presence in these key markets,” he continued.
Saudia Cargo has also announced the increase of its belly capacity as a result to the increased frequencies to a number of destinations around the globe. recently in January, the airline offered seven flights per week to Casablanca (up from five) and nine flights per week to Jakarta (up from seven). A direct daily flight from Jeddah to Casablanca will be introduced as of 1 April, and four new weekly flights will operate from Riyadh to Casablanca as of March. Weekly frequencies to Kuala Lumpur will increase from six to eight effective 1 April, while a new service with three weekly frequencies to Trivandrum will commence in November 2014.
Saudi Airlines Cargo operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier Saudia, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of more than 225 destinations. In addition to its scheduled freighter services, the cargo airline also provides cost-effective and practical worldwide charter flight solutions from a growing fleet of dedicated charter aircraft.