Jeddah, April, 8th 2014
Saudi Airlines Cargo is delighted to announce the upgrade of its Shanghai service to its B747-8 freighter with immediate effect. The airline will now operate three weekly B747-8F flights from Shanghai directly to Europe and KSA, thus enabling customers to connect to the entire Saudia Cargo Network.
“We are very excited to be able to operate our B747-8F aircraft in the Shanghai market after obtaining the required permits,” said Peter Scholten, VP Commercial at Saudia Cargo. “This is the beginning of our further expansion into the Greater Chinese market, where we already operate two weekly B747-400Fs in Guangzhou and 8 weekly B747s (both 400s and 800s) in Hong Kong,” he added.
The move follows growing demand for greater capacity ex China and is expected to fulfill current market requirements.
“We had previously made a commitment to our clients in China that we would soon offer them additional capacity and shorter transit times to KSA and onwards to our network flights,” commented Vikram Vohra, Regional Director Far East at Saudia Cargo. “By offering our Shanghai clients our latest 747-8F we have lived up to our commitment. The response so far has been very encouraging,” he continued.
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 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.