Saudia Cargo enhances presence in Europe and Africa

Saudia Cargo has announced the second freighter from the Kingdom to the US via European hubs, starting September.
Updated 10 September 2019

Saudia Cargo enhances presence in Europe and Africa

Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (Saudia Cargo) has enhanced its presence in the African and European continents, adding new freighter flights alongside extra belly capacity onboard Saudia passenger flights during the high season aiming to increase its network capabilities starting this September. 

Saudia Cargo added a second additional weekly freighter flight to operate on Tuesday and Thursday to JFK Airport in New York via LGG Airport in Liege, Belgium by a 747-400F freighter aircraft. Moreover, Saudia Cargo has become the largest player in the Kenya-Europe market by adding four weekly freighter flights from Nairobi airport to Europe, with a total of 11 flights per week. The company also added an additional flight to Khartoum International Airport via a 777F aircraft. 

Last June, Saudia Cargo announced the launch of its new stations in Athens and Marrakech, in line with the company’s strategy to enhance its global presence and improve its logistical capabilities in order to answer the growing demand for air cargo and ground handling services. 

The company also participated in the fifth edition of the international event Air Cargo Africa 2019, in Johannesburg, South Africa in February this year. Saudia Cargo’s pavilion offered networking opportunities and information regarding the company’s latest developments, commercial activities, various products, logistical services and other freighter services. 

In a previous edition of the event, Air Cargo Africa 2017, Saudia Cargo was awarded the International Cargo Airline of the year, demonstrating the important role played by the firm in the global air cargo market and highlighting Saudia Cargo’s accomplishments throughout the years. 

Saudia Cargo, the national Saudi air freight carrier, covers more than 900 destinations in more than 175 countries, through a dedicated state-of-the-art freighter fleet alongside the network of SkyTeam Cargo alliance, in addition to the belly capacity onboard Saudia passenger flights.


Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials.
Updated 15 September 2019

Dur Hospitality launches training academy for aspiring hoteliers

Saudi hospitality company Dur Hospitality has launched a training academy specialized in hospitality disciplines. The announcement was made during a special event attended by the company’s CEO Sultan Al-Otaibi and a number of its senior officials, in addition to a group of notable local and international hospitality sector professionals.
Dur’s CEO highlighted the importance of the academy, which he said aims to equip local talents interested in working in this sector with the necessary skills and qualifications. He added that the academy’s goals also include training current Dur employees and equipping them with knowledge and applied skills that they require to succeed. He elaborated that the academy will operate over two phases, with the first seeking to fulfill the company’s requirements and ensuring its staff is qualified to execute its future expansion strategy ongoing till 2020, while the second phase will contribute toward supplying the local hotel service sector with qualified and capable national talents.
Al-Otaibi said the academy’s ultimate objective is to equip trainees with world-class skills and provide them with guidance from local and international sector leaders to help them achieve excellence.
The academy will present a number of training programs that aim to raise the qualification and skill level among trainees, which will eventually reflect positively on the Saudi hospitality sector. These programs will cover three main parts, where the first part will include programs on leadership and supervision and will last for 12 months. It will cater to internal supervision and front desk employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The second part will be dedicated to training new recruits and will last between three to six months. Likewise, it will include training front desk employees, internal supervision employees, food and beverage production and service employees, and marketing and sales employees.
The third part of the program will include shorter development courses that last between one and five days. It will cover topics including central management for internal and external operations, hotel management, customer service, and health and safety.
Established in 1976, Dur Hospitality has extensive record in managing, developing and operating a wide portfolio of hotels and residential compounds across the Kingdom.