Saudia launches debut Canada flights
Riyadh, October 28, 2013
Saudi Arabia's national carrier Saudia is launching its debut flight to the Canadian city of Toronto starting from today (October 28) as part of its global expansion strategy.
The airline will operate three flights a week on this sector on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The outgoing flight SV0060 will take off from Riyadh to Toronto via Jeddah while the return flight SV0061 will follow the route: Toronto-Jeddah-Riyadh, said a statement from Saudia.
Saudia also plans to start new flights to Los Angeles in the second quarter of 2014. It currently operates flights to the US cities of Washington and New York, it added.
The new flights would help serve Saudi scholarship students in Canada and the US apart from the other passengers, said a top official.
“Our new flight to Toronto comes as part of our efforts to strengthen our international presence and serve various groups of passengers including Saudi students who have been pursuing their higher studies at Canadian universities on King Abdullah Foreign Scholarship Program,” remarked Khaled Al-Molhem, the director general of Saudia.
The decision comes following the approval of the plan by Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, the president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and chairman of Saudia’s board of directors.
Saudia would receive four of 20 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft by the year end. “We’ll use this aircraft for our Los Angeles flights,” he said while highlighting the plane’s advanced features enhancing passenger comfort," said Al-Molhem.
He also disclosed plans to operate 11 flights weekly to Paris (seven from Jeddah and four from Riyadh) using B777-200 aircraft, and 14 flights to Geneva (seven each from Jeddah and Riyadh) from the peak of summer.
“We also intend to provide excellent services to Haj and Umrah pilgrims who come to Saudi from Canada, promote business and tourism relations and cater to the needs of transit passengers who travel by King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah," the official said.
Saudia would use Boeing 777-200 aircraft for its Toronto flights. This aircraft has 24 seats for the First Class, 38 seats for Business Class and 170 seats for Guest Class, he added.-TradeArabia News Service