SRO adds two US-made train engines to its fleet

Updated 04 September 2012
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SRO adds two US-made train engines to its fleet

DAMMAM: The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) added two new train engines to its fleet last week.
The two engines are the first consignment of eight trains to be imported from the United States.
“The two new engines started operating last week after conducting successful trial runs,” SRO Public Relations Director Muhammad Abu Zaid said in a statement to the Saudi Press Agency on Sunday.
Two additional engines on consignment have arrived at the King Abdul Aziz Airport in Dammam.
“They are currently undergoing customs formalities. They will be serving in the goods service section,” Abu Zaid said.
The remaining four engines were expected to arrive in the Kingdom in the next few weeks, he added.
He said the newly received engines were being added to the freight service because of its increasing demand for the movement of containers from Dammam’s seaport to Riyadh’s dry dock.
Zaid said the SRO signed contracts with US and Chinese companies to supply 34 train engines of varying capacities: 10 engines with 3,500 hp, delivery expected in March 2013, followed by six engines with 2,000 hp arriving in November the same year.


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.