Saudia to take delivery of 29th new aircraft

Updated 18 November 2017
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Saudia to take delivery of 29th new aircraft

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the Kingdom’s national carrier, has for the last two years been consistently adding new aircraft to its fleet. It has acquired the latest aircraft types — both narrow and widebody — to meet its expansion plans.
The airline will receive its 29th new aircraft of the year, an A330-300 Regional, with several other aircraft due to be received by the end of next month.
The Airbus A320 family, A330s as well as Boeing 777s and 787 Dreamliners are all currently in Saudia’s fleet mix.
A combined total of 60 new aircraft will have been delivered between last year and end of this year, putting Saudia on track to reach 200 aircraft by 2020.
So far this year the airline has inducted seven A320s, eight A330-Regional; six Boeing 777-300ERs and seven Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. Given the current delivery schedule, a new aircraft is delivered to the airline every ten days, on average.
The airline currently operates to 89 destinations, and has more than 500 departures daily — set to double to more than 1,000 by 2020.
Saudi Arabian Airlines Director General Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said: “The national carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is undergoing rapid growth in all areas across the airline — most notably the fleet — as well as onboard product and services, technological advancements and route expansion.”
He added: “The new fleet acquisition plan has carefully been selected according to the markets in which we serve, with the aim to provide the highest level of comfort and most advanced air travel experience for all of our guests.”
Saudia covers 62 international destinations across four continents, in addition to all 27 domestic airports in Saudi Arabia.
The airline’s Q3 this year was the highest-performing ever in the carrier’s history in terms of the number of international passengers carried. The total number of pilgrims traveling with Saudia also increased by 40 percent this year, compared to last year.
Five new destinations have been added between April and October of this year, including: Portsudan, Multan, Mauritius, Trivandrum and Baghdad.
Saudia carried 30 million passengers in 2016, and was named the 2017 World’s Most Improved Airline by Skytrax, an independent global aviation industry monitor.


Ascott launches Festive50 offer in Jeddah, Turkey

Updated 21 October 2018
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Ascott launches Festive50 offer in Jeddah, Turkey

The Ascott Limited (Ascott) has announced a special offer across selected properties, in celebration of the festive season.

The Festive50 offer is available across Ascott’s Jeddah properties — including Ascott Sari Jeddah, Ascott Tahlia Jeddah, Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah and Spectrums Residence Jeddah — as well as Somerset Maslak Istanbul in Turkey. Guests can enjoy 50 percent off their stay until the end of 2018. 

Properties are located close to various restaurants and attractions for travelers to enjoy. The serviced residences also provide guests with a range of facilities and amenities to further aid in their convenience, including fully equipped gymnasiums, swimming pools, lounges, restaurants, parking and meeting facilities.

Ascott Sari Jeddah is located among prominent shopping malls and the Jeddah corniche, a key attraction for visitors to the city. Various entertainment and lifestyle offerings are available in the vicinity, including the tallest fountain in the world, King Fahd’s Fountain.

Ascott Tahlia Jeddah is situated in the heart of the city, providing guests with easy access to many multinational companies, fashion boutiques, restaurants and cafés. 

Citadines Al-Salamah Jeddah, in the north of the city, is surrounded by a variety of culinary hotspots. Given the city’s close proximity to the Red Sea, guests are often spoilt for choice due to the number of top seafood restaurants in the area.

Spectrums Residence Jeddah, on Prince Sultan Road in the Al-Salamah district, is in the vicinity of shopping malls, international schools and hospitals. Its prime location allows travelers to enjoy balanced living in the bustling city. 

Those looking to venture out of the Middle East for a quick escape, can head to Turkey to avail the Festive50 offer at Somerset Maslak Istanbul. The property lies within Europe’s largest lifestyle development, the new Maslak 1453. Providing an oasis of calm in the bustling city, the property is the perfect balance between work and play.

The Ascott Limited is an international serviced residence owner-operator. The Singapore company has more than 55,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities of the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as over 39,000 units which are under development, making a total of more than 94,000 units in over 630 properties. The company’s brands include Ascott, Citadines, Somerset, Quest, The Crest Collection and lyf. Its portfolio spans more than 160 cities across over 30 countries.

Ascott, a wholly owned subsidiary of CapitaLand Limited, pioneered Asia Pacific’s first international-class serviced residence with the opening of The Ascott Singapore in 1984. In 2006, it established the world’s first Pan-Asian serviced residence real estate investment trust, Ascott Residence Trust.