Thuraya poised for government collaborations, post KSA roadshows

Updated 20 August 2017
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Thuraya poised for government collaborations, post KSA roadshows

Thuraya Telecommunications Company recently held meetings with senior-level officials and government system integrators in the Kingdom to present its latest product portfolio and explore possibilities for collaborative ventures. The roadshow that took place in July and included visits to Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam, was developed in line with increasing Saudi Arabia’s public sector interests. Thuraya’s national service partner, Farhan Commercial Company played a pivotal role in enabling meetings with the country’s commanding officers and decision-makers.
Each meeting maintained a live demo component: Thuraya’s suite of land voice and data products was on display and customers were allowed to conduct testing on the equipment of their interest. Many meetings were held with specialized solution integrators who work with the government to deliver customized applications for military and government vehicles. Thuraya also held discussions to determine the scope for developing specific M2M solutions such as seismic sensors for the Saudi market.
Fahad Kahoor, director of market development at Thuraya and team lead on the Saudi trip, said: “Our relationship with influential companies like Farhan has given us a strong foothold in Saudi Arabia and helped us gain steady growth in key vertical markets across the region.
Having completed our most recent series of meetings, we are poised to deliver tailored solutions for existing clients and look forward to actualizing partnerships that add advanced satellite capabilities to the Saudi government’s technology-centric plans.”
He added: “By being in close contact with service partners and clients, we had the advantage of listening to customer feedback in a face-to-face setting. We value these comments as these help us improve our value proposition and product features in a manner that best benefits the end-user.”
Thuraya’s land data products have long served government and military sectors around the world with satellite-based communication needs. Its devices are compact, ruggedized and offer advanced vehicular broadband connectivity and secure communications on-the-move. Thuraya’s SatSleeve+ for example is a device that caters to the rising “bring your own device” phenomenon and presents the fastest way for an individual to transform their existing phone into a satellite smartphone.


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.