High-speed rail takes minister on first Madinah-Makkah journey

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Saudi Transport Minister Nabeel Al-Amoudi and Spanish Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo sit in the Haramain high-speed train that links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah on Sunday. (SPA)
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Updated 01 January 2018
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High-speed rail takes minister on first Madinah-Makkah journey

RIYADH: Dr. Nabil Al-Amoudi, minister of transport and chairman of Saudi Railway Organization and Saudi Railways Company (SAR), on Sunday took the first 450km full journey of the high-speed Haramain train.
The non-stop journey went from Madinah station to Makkah station to examine the readiness of the project before commercial operation of the service.
The head of the public transport authority, President-designate of the Saudi Railway Organization Dr. Rumaih Al-Rumaih, Spanish Ambassador Alvaro Iranzo, the chief executive of SAR, Dr. Bashar Al-Malik, and several national leaders working on the project, in addition to experts from the consortium entrusted with the operation of the Holy Mosques high-speed rail, also went on the journey.
Al-Amoudi said that this project is of strategic importance and has attracted global attention, as it is one of the mega public transportation projects linking the two Holy Mosques of Makkah and Madinah.
“In addition to the great benefit of transporting Umrah and Hajj pilgrims and visitors, the project facilitates transportation of citizens and residents in the Kingdom via the Holy Mosques high-speed rail through five stations and at high speed throughout the year,” he added.
Al-Rumaih confirmed that the pilot service journeys for Holy Mosques high-speed rail would start in the coming months.
He also explained that during these pilot service journeys, some passengers would be invited to try the service.
“These journeys will increase gradually until the full commercial operation,” he said, noting that “work is underway to determine the ticket prices to be appropriate and reflect the size of service provided in this project.”
Al-Rumaih added: “The consortium charged with the implementation of the project will run it for the next 12 years.”


Saudi aircraft firm reveals major growth plans

Saudi military industry aims to create jobs for Saudi people and increase the Kingdom’s export potential. SPA
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Saudi aircraft firm reveals major growth plans

  • The AACC signed an agreement to handle maintenance of C-130 aircraft system with the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries
  • The AACC signed an agreement to maintain landing systems with Saudi Arabian Airlines

JEDDAH: The new Aircraft Accessories and Components Company (AACC) headquarters at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah were officially opened on Friday by Saudi Arabian Military Industries (SAMI) Chairman Ahmed Al-Khatib.

In his opening speech, Eng. Mansour Al-Eid, AACC’s chief executive, said that the establishment of the General Authority for Military Industries and SAMI had helped to create jobs for Saudi people, boost the national income and increase the Kingdom’s export potential.
SAMI aims to contribute around SR14 billion ($3.73 billion) directly to Saudi Arabia’s gross domestic product (GDP).
Al-Eid said that the AACC aims to increase its job localization rate from 62 percent to 80 percent in the next two years.
The company is planning to increase repair capacity for Typhoon jets and the manufacture of major spare parts and hydraulic systems for the Hawk and Pilatus PC-21. It will also focus on the repair of landing systems for civilian aircraft and Lockheed C-130 aircraft systems — a first for the Middle East and North Africa region.
Al-Eid confirmed the company can now carry out maintenance on the largest commercial aircraft, including Boeing 777, and Airbus 320 and 380, in its facilities.
Al-Khatib witnessed the signing of several agreements between AACC, represented by Al-Eid, and Saudi Arabian Airlines, BAE Systems Saudi Arabia and the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries.
The AACC signed an agreement to maintain landing systems with Saudi Arabian Airlines, represented by its Director General Saleh Al-Jasser.
It also signed an agreement with BAE Systems Saudi Arabia, represented by Khalid Al-Otaibi, vice president for localization, for the localization of Typhoon and PC-21 hydraulic systems jobs.
The AACC signed an agreement to handle maintenance of C-130 aircraft system with the Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries, represented by Mohammed Bahamaidan, vice president for the military sector.