New aircraft to ease pressure on Saudia

EXTENDED FLEET: Saudia has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer for this new member of the versatile and successful A330 family.
Updated 20 August 2016
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New aircraft to ease pressure on Saudia

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines chief Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said the airline will retire its Jumbo and Embraer aircraft at the end of the year, stressing that there is no dispute between Saudia and the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
In case of any disagreements, they are resolved through dialogue and negotiations in order to achieve the larger national goals, he said. According to a report in a local publication, the new fleet will lead to a 20 percent reduction in airfare.
During a meeting with the media, Al-Jasser said the airline will, in the first phase, rely on foreign pilots for its new planes.
“The airline will be ready for its initial public offering (IPO) after completing all necessary requirements and the restructuring of subsidiaries and sister companies,” he added.
In the case of customers with special needs, he said there are technical obstacles to performing electronic booking procedures, but as part of the airline’s national initiatives, it has prepared an office in Jazan to serve soldiers who took part in Operation Restoring Hope.
Saudia has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer for this new member of the versatile and successful A330 family.
The aircraft is the first of the 20 A330-300 Regional aircraft ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow, and joins Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of 12 A330-300s and 50 A320 Family aircraft.
Specially optimized for regional and domestic operations, the A330-300 Regional will boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to generate additional efficiencies while offering its passengers an unprecedented comfort level.
The first plane landed at King Abdul Aziz International Airport in Jeddah in the evening. On board were Al-Jasser, as well as several executives and local media representatives.
The new aircraft has contributed to the transformation of the fleet and the airline’s growth strategy, which is in line with the goals of the National Transformation Program and Vision 2030.


UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

Updated 17 January 2019
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UAE body lauds Saudi Arabia’s efforts at enhancing security

  • “The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” says Federal National Council chair

JEDDAH: A prominent member of the UAE Federal National Council (FNC) has praised the Kingdom’s efforts at enhancing security and development.

Amal Al-Qubaisi, FNC chairperson and speaker, met with members of the Saudi Shoura Council during a delegation visit to the UAE headed by Ahmed Al-Ghamdi, deputy chairman of the Saudi-Emirati Parliamentary Friendship Committee.

Al-Qubaisi reiterated that unity on various regional and international issues enhances security and stability.

“The Kingdom acts as a safety net for the Arab and Islamic worlds,” she said during a meeting at the FNC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. “King Salman is a father figure to both the Saudi and Emirati people.”

Al-Qubaisi said Saudi-Emirati strategic relations are reflected in coordination efforts between the Shoura Council and the FNC and commended the work of Shoura Council Chairman Abdullah Al-Asheikh.

Al-Ghamdi said strong fraternal relations between the two countries would strengthen regional unity and counter foreign actors attempting to sow the seeds of discord.

He also reiterated that the two nations share a common history, lineage and culture.

During the meeting, the two sides discussed ways that the council and FNC could enhance parliamentary relations.

The delegation also met with the Gulf Cooperation Council Parliamentary Friendship Group, which was headed by Mohammed Al-Ameri, chairman of the FNC Defense, Interior and Foreign Affairs Committee. FNC Secretary-General Ahmed Al-Dhaheri was also present at the meeting.

Delegation members also partially attended a regular FNC session, in which they got a glimpse into the council’s day-to-day operations.