Saudi Arabian Airlines to boost A320neo family fleet

The agreement was announced at the Paris Air Show in a ceremony attended by Chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl and signed by Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director-general of Saudia, and Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer.
Updated 18 June 2019
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Saudi Arabian Airlines to boost A320neo family fleet

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has reached an agreement to expand its existing A320neo family order from 35 to as many as 100 neo aircraft including 35 options. The additional firm order takes Saudia’s order of A320neo family aircraft to 65, of which 15 are A321XLRs and 20 are A321neos.

The agreement was announced at the Paris Air Show in a ceremony attended by Chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl and signed by Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director-general of Saudia, and Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer.

Passenger demand in the Kingdom is experiencing exponential growth on domestic, regional, as well as international routes. The additional aircraft will be deployed to support the national flag carrier’s plan to boost capacity. Saudia currently flies to more than 95 routes across four continents. 

Al-Jasser said: “Year-on-year growth has been in the double digits, both in domestic travel as well as the growing international transit traffic, as a result of the airline’s expanding route map and additional frequencies offered on existing routes. In addition to the narrow-body order, evaluations are currently underway for wide-body requirements, expected to be concluded within the next few months.”

Saudia operates a fleet of more than 150 narrow and wide-body aircraft, including 100 Airbus A320 family and A330s. The airline operates one of the most modern fleets in the world — at an average aircraft age of less than five years. This latest purchase is in line with the group’s SV2020 Transformation Program, which includes the establishment and growth of a dual-brand strategy of operating airlines catering to the different customer segments in the Kingdom, region and beyond.

Since the launch of Saudia’s transformation plan in 2015, the airline has introduced a number of new products and services onboard, added new aircraft to the fleet, and expanded technological features on its mobile app and website.

The A320neo and its derivative aircraft family members are the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,100 orders from over 100 customers since its launch in 2010. The A320neo also offers significant environmental benefits with nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to its previous generation aircraft.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.