Airshow champions Saudi Arabia’s pioneering aviation industry

Riyadh Gov. Prince Faisal bin Bandar and Saudi Aviation Club President Prince Sultan bin Salman inaugurated the first Saudi International Airshow. (SPA)
Updated 14 March 2019
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Airshow champions Saudi Arabia’s pioneering aviation industry

  • It is hoped the airshow will attract investment and build bridges between the Saudi aviation and aerospace industries

JEDDAH: Prince Faisal bin Bandar, the governor of Riyadh, and Prince Sultan bin Salman, president of the Saudi Aviation Club (SAC), opened the first Saudi International Airshow — the biggest aerospace industry event ever held in the Middle East — at Thumamah Airport on Tuesday.

Prince Faisal described the launch as a “real national occasion,” representing a “new start” for upcoming exhibitions in the field of aviation and aerospace.

Prince Sultan, meanwhile, praised the participation of the exhibitors, companies and people who attended, and thanked the SAC for organizing the launch, adding that the turnout reflected the pioneering position of the Kingdom in the world of aviation.

It is hoped the airshow will attract investment and build bridges between the Saudi aviation and aerospace industries, providing the perfect platform to connect networking professionals, companies and investors from across the region.

The governor of Riyadh and president of the SAC also oversaw the signing of several agreements between the SAC, Saudi Aramco, Alsalam Aerospace Industries Co., the Saudi Rotorcraft Support Co. and others, involving memorandums of understanding (MoU) on student scholarships and technical training provision.

One of the MoUs, signed between the Saudi Academy of Aviation and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) agreed that Saudia would provide training programs to the academy’s students.

The exhibition will open to the general public on Thursday, where they will be able to enjoy special live air displays. 

More than 260 local and international companies will participate over the three days of the show, with up to 20,000 visitors also expected to attend. 

The airshow brings together the major players in the aviation industry, enabling a demanding clientele to discover the industry’s latest developments and innovations.


First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

Updated 22 March 2019
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First Saudi female air traffic controllers begin work

  • Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by Saudi Air Navigation Services

JEDDAH: Saudi Air Navigation Services (SANS) on Wednesday celebrated the appointment and start of work of the first batch of Saudi female air traffic controllers at an air traffic control center in Jeddah.
Eleven women completed a one-year program conducted by SANS in cooperation with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation. This is the first program to qualify women to work as air traffic controllers.
The academy initiative, in collaboration with SANS, seeks to create more jobs for women as part of a reform push to wean the economy off oil. Vision 2030 plan aims to increase employment and diversify revenue sources.
Earlier, SANS CEO Ryyan Tarabzoni said the state-owned company was prioritizing the hiring of women in the profession, as the country pushes to extend women’s rights in the country and also recruit more nationals as part of the “Saudization” project.