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FORMED IN 1945 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1947. NATIONAL AIRLINE. LARGEST CARRIER IN THE MIDDLE EAST. DOMESTIC & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
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JEDDAH 21231, SAUDI ARABIA
SAUDI ARABIA: POPULATION: 24 MILLION. POSSESSOR OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL RESERVES - LOOKS TO THE WEST FOR TECHNOLOGY. YET AS PROTECTOR OF ISLAM'S HOLIEST CITIES, MECCA AND MEDINA, IT IS PROFOUNDLY CONSERVATIVE, ADHERING TO A STRICT INTERPRETATION OF SUNNI ISLAM. THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1932. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 2.1 SQ KM, AND THE CAPITAL CITY IS RIYADH. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
MAY 1993: OWNS 49% YEMENIA (YEM).
1992 = -$60.5 MILLION (-$139.8 MILLION) (NET LOSS): +17.4% (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC, +18.5% PASSENGERS (PAX), +34.3% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC.
1 747-100 (JT9D-7A), EX-NATIONAIR CANADA (NTN), DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1994: 6 MONTHS 1993 = +5.5% PASSENGERS (PAX).
1 747-200C, EX-EVERGREEN INTERNATIONAL (EVR) DELIVERY.
MAY 1994: INDUSTRY GUESS AT SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES (SVA) ORDER: 29 737'S, 5 747-400'S, 12 777'S, ($3.5 BILLION), 15 MD-11'S ($2.5 BILLION).
JUNE 1995: 50TH ANNIVERSARY!
$5.2 BILLION TO BOEING (TBC) FOR 5 ORDERS 747-400'S, 23 ORDERS 777'S, & $2 BILLION, TO DOUGLAS (MDC), FOR 29 ORDERS MD-90'S, 4 ORDERS MD-11F'S.
NOVEMBER 1995: MD-90 TO HAVE 8X8 INCHES FLAT PANEL, LIQUID CRYSTAL DISPLAY (LCD), FOR PRIMARY FLIGHT INSTRUMENTS, SIMILAR TO MD-95.
$280 MILLION ORDER, TO (IAE) FOR MD-90 ENGINES (V2500-D5).
MARCH 1996: (FAA) 4 MAN AUDIT, RE-FOREIGN REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATION RENEWAL = REPORT, PRAISED SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES (SVA) FOR EXCEEDING STANDARDS.
APRIL 1996: CARRIES 225,000 HAJ PILGRIMS, 9 747'S, 475 PASSENGERS (PAX), LEASED.
MAY 1996: 747-368 (RS315) TO HAVE NEW "IMAGE" BY JULY 1996 WITH COMPLETE INTERIOR REFURBISHMENT & EXTERIOR WORK BY AL-SALAAM AIRCRAFT COMPANY.
DROPS "SAUDIA" NAME.
JULY 1996: $267 MILLION, FOR 4 NEW HANGARS: 2 (2 BAY) IN JEDDAH, 1 (2 BAY) IN RIYADH, AND 1 (1 BAY) IN DAMMAM.
OCTOBER 1996: SEVERE FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS EXPERIENCED.
NEW ROUTE TO JOHANNESBURG, VIA NAIROBI (747-100/-300).
"D" CHECK SCHEDULING DIFFICULTIES, ON 747-100 (RB743), WITH (RB741). SECTION 41 & PYLON MODIFICATIONS, HAVING NO RESOURCES (JEDDAH).
NOVEMBER 1996: ACCDT: (SVA) MID-AIR COLLISION, ON TAKE OFF, FROM NEW DELHI OF SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES (SVA) 747-168 (555) = ALL 312 FATALITIES, WITH AIR KAZAKHSTAN (KAZ) IL-76F, WHICH WAS LANDING = ALL 37 FATALITIES.
JANUARY 1997: "COOPERATING" WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), LOS ANGELES (LAX) TO JEDDAH.
1996 = 11.79 BILLION (RPK) PASSENGER TRAFFIC (#30 HIGHEST IN WORLD AIRLINES).
MARCH 1997: MARKETING AGREEMENT WITH UNITED AIRLINES (UAL), TO NEW YORK & LOS ANGELES (LAX).
SAUDI ARABIA MEETS (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT CHECK.
RESUMED FLIGHTS TO BEIRUT, AFTER 15 YEARS.
2 747-100'S, AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID) LEASED, FOR HADJ SEASON OPERATIONS. ALSO +3 747'S, TOWER AIR (TOW) LEASED.
JUNE 1997: 5 L-1011 WING REAR SPAR MODIFICATIONS, & "D" CHECK CONTRACT TO (GAMCO) (GUL).
INCDT: 747 WITH 17/331, FROM RIYADH, VIA DHARAN, SUPPOSED TO LAND AT CHENNAI MEENAMPAKKAM AIRPORT, MADRAS, HAD A "MIRACULOUS ESCAPE," WHEN IT INADVERTENTLY LANDED AT INDIAN AIR FORCE BASE, WHOSE LANDING STRIP IS TOO SHORT, FOR WIDEBODY JET LANDINGS. INDIAN (DGCA) IS INVESTIGATING.
JULY 1997: 24,843 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 2,186 FLIGHT CREW (FC).
AUGUST 1997: 1 747SR-81 (21605), QATAR AIRWAYS (QTA) WET-LEASED.
SEPTEMBER 1997: INCDT: (SVA) 737-268 (21282) WRITTEN OFF (W/O), IN ABORTED TAKEOFF AT NEJRAN, WITH #2 ENGINE PROBLEMS, RAN OFF RUNWAY & CAUGHT FIRE = 69 ALL OK.
OCTOBER 1997: 24,843 EMPLOYEES.
DECEMBER 1997: (GAMCO) (GUL) CONTRACT, FOR +3 L-1011'S (1148; 1149; 1190) WING REAR SPAR MODIFICATION (1149 "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK), NOW 4 DONE, 4 TO GO.
NOW, SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES (SVA) SERVES 23 DOMESTIC & 47 INTERNATIONAL DESTINATIONS.
1 737-330 (23525), EX-LUFTHANSA (DLH), 1 YEAR, AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID) WET-LEASED. 1 747-400, 4 777-200'S, 3 MD-11F'S, 1 MD-90 DELIVERIES. (SVA) 777 DELIVERY, IS BOEING (TBC)'S 100TH 777 DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1998: EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT DEFIES EUROPEAN UNION (EU)'S, 15 NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS, AND MOVES TO CHANGE SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES (SVA)'S "A" CATEGORY, AS AN ECONOMICALLY DEVELOPING COMPANY, WITH EXEMPTIONS FOR NOISY, AGING AIRPLANES, SUCH THAT 7 (SVA) AIRPLANES WOULD BE BANNED FROM USING CERTAIN (EU) AIRPORTS IN 1998, AND +9 IN 2000.
EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) MAINTENANCE PROGRAM IN USE, BUT FLIGHT OPERATIONS NOT STARTED YET.
777-200 IGW (WB280). 1 747-428 (RU102) & 1 777-268 IDG (WB281) DELIVERIES.
MARCH 1998: 2 747'S QATAR AIRWAYS (QTA) WET-LEASED UNTIL 6/98. 777-268 IGW (WB282) DELIVERY.
APRIL 1998: NADER A KHALAWI, GENERAL MANAGER MAJOR BASE MAINTENANCE.
24,843 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 2,186 FLIGHT CREW (FC)).
777-268 IGW (28351) DELIVERY. 737-330 (23525) RETURNED TO AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID). 1 MD-90 (53493) DELIVERY.
MAY 1998: 1 MD-90 (2213) DELIVERY.
JUNE 1998: APPROVAL OF EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) MAINTENANCE OK, BUT FLIGHT OPERATIONS DATA COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM NOT OK YET, FOR (ETOPS) FLIGHT PLAN RELEASE, OR FLIGHT FOLLOWING PROCESSES.
1 777-268 & 4 MD-90'S DELIVERIES.
JULY 1998: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 1.7 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
TOP WORLD AIRLINES 1997 COMPARISONS:
EMPLOYEES (1,000): 1 FED 94; 2 UAL 92; 3 AAL 86; 4 DAL 63; 5 DLH 58; 6 BAB 53; 7 NWA 48; 8 USA 42; 9 CAL 40; 10 AFA 36; 11 QAN 30; 13 KLM 27; 14 SWA 25; 15 TWA 25; 16 SVA 24.8; 17 IND 23; 18 IBE 22; 19 SAS 22; 20 ACN 22; 21 TII 22; 22 PIA 21; 23 ALI 19; 24 AIN 19.
777-268 (28353) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 1998: 747-100 MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO (AMECO), BEIJING (BEJ), FOR "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK, SECTION 41, & STRUT MODIFICATION.
777-268 DELIVERY. 2 MD-90'S (53501; 53502) DELIVERIES. 6 737'S NOW STORED.
OCTOBER 1998: MD-90-30 (53503) DELIVERY.
NOVEMBER 1998: 747-468 (28341), 777-268 (28355), 5 MD-90-30'S (53504; 53505; 53506; 53507; 53508), DELIVERIES.
DECEMBER 1998: 777-268 (WB293) DELIVERY. 747-128 (20377), AIR ATLANTIC (AID) WET-LEASED. MD-90-30 DELIVERY.
JANUARY 1999: 777-268 IGW (WB294) DELIVERY.
FEBRUARY 1999: 3 DC-10-15'S (48258; 48275; 48294), SKYJET (SKJ) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ. 1 777-200 (WB295) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1999: 6 747'S MAINTENANCE CONTRACT TO ALSALAM GROUP.
1998 = 11.8 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+.7%), 53% LF LOAD FACTOR (-2).
777-268 IGW (WB295, HZ-AKP) DELIVERY.
APRIL 1999: 24,843 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 2,186 FLIGHT CREW (FC)).
2 MD-90-30'S (2255, HZ-AKU; 2256, HZ-AKV) DELIVERIES .
MAY 1999: A340-313 (101, 9K-ANC), RETURNED TO KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW).
JULY 1999: RIYADH/JEDDAH TO KATMANDU (777-200), IN SEPTEMBER 1999.
JUNE 1999: 1998 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPM) (BILLION):
26 AMW 16.36; 27 VAR 16.25; 28 SAS 12.98; 29 CHI 12.64; 30 VAA 12.27; 31 SVA 11.69; 32 ASA 11.26; 33 ANZ 11.15; 34 ANS 10.14; 35 SAA 9.85.
AUGUST 1999: 1998 = 11.69 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC (-.7%), 1.81 BILLION (FTM) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-.2%).
747-200 (19824), EX-JAPAN AIRLINES (JAL), AIR ATLANTIC ICELANDIC (AID) SUB-WET-LEASED. 17 L-1011-200'S (RB211-524B), SOLD TO CUSTOM AIR TRANSPORT (CUS).
NOVEMBER 1999: SOLD 6 737-200'S (20576; 20577; 20578; 20882; 21275; 21276) & 2 737-200C'S (20574; 20575) TO CUSTOM AIR TRANSPORT (CUS). 1 747-300 (CF6-80C2), AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID), EX-VARIG (VAR), WET-LEASED.
DECEMBER 1999: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 14.8 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+4.2%), +2.8% (ASK) CAPACITY, 727.07 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+7.3%), 9.36 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+3.4%).
SECURES $1.94 BILLION LOAN FROM SEVERAL FOREIGN BANKS FOR PURCHASE OF 2 747-468'S, 11 777-200'S, & 22 MD-90'S.
1 747-468 (1216) & 3 777'S (219; 230; 255) DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 2000: 2 A300B4-103 (86, TC-GNK; 87, TC-GNL), ONUR (ONU) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ UNTIL THE END OF APRIL 2000.
FEBRUARY 2000: 24,842 EMPLOYEES.
1 A300B4-103 (46, EI-TLM) TRANSAER (TSD) WET-LEASED. SELLS 16 L-1011'S.
APRIL 2000: 24,680 EMPLOYEES.
JULY 2000: STARTS (ISO 9000), QUALITY CERTIFICATION PROCESS.
1999 = 19.62 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+4.3%); 63% LF LOAD FACTOR; 999.99 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+8.2%); 12.32 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+4.3%).
IN 1999 HAD HIGHEST CARGO FIGURES IN ITS 55 YEAR HISTORY, WHEN IT CARRIED 260 MILLION KG OF REVENUE CARGO, & 7.3 MILLION KG AIRMAIL, ALSO A RECORD. MD-11 FLEET HAS ENABLED EXPANSION OF CARGO ROUTES INCLUDING DELHI, COLOMBO, TAIPEI, BRUSSELS, NEW YORK (JFK), TOKYO, RIYADH & DAMMAM.
SEPTEMBER 2000: 1 777-268ER (28363, HZ-AKT) DELIVERY.
OCTOBER 2000: PLANS TO PRIVATIZE BY MAY 2002.
FINAL 3 MD-90'S DELIVERED (53517, HZ-AP2; 53518, HZ-AP3; 53519, HZ-AP4).
NOVEMBER 2000: 21ST 777-268 IGW, DELIVERY (28364, HZ-AKU).
DECEMBER 2000: 1ST 9 MONTHS = 15.16 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+2.2%); 746.92 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+2.7%); 9.50 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+1.4%).
TOP 25 WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (BILLION):
18 AMW 23.12; 19 VAA 22.08; 20 VAR 19.79; 21 CHI 19.04; 22 ANA 17.66; 23 SAS 17.41; 24 GUN 16.36; 25 SVA 15.16.
3 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2001) A300B4-203'S (086; 087; 138), ONUR AIR (ONU) LEASED FOR HADJ.
JANUARY 2001: WILL EMPLOY SAUDI ARABIAN WOMEN AS FLIGHT ATTENDANTS (CA) FOR 1ST TIME, TO BE ACCOMPANIED AT ALL TIMES BY A "MEHREM" (A CLOSE MALE RELATIVE) AS A GUARDIAN, & ONLY ON DOMESTIC FLIGHTS. CURRENT (CA) FEMALES, ARE NON-SAUDI CITIZENS.
2000 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPM) (BILLION):
27 CHI 16.14; 28 SAS 14.07; 29 ANZ 13.81; 30 SVA 12.57; 31 EAD 12.06; 32 SAB 12.0
FEBRUARY 2001: OPERATES HADJ FLIGHTS FROM COCHIN AND MUMBAI, FOR INDIAN GOVERNMENT.
BRINGS IN SH&E INTERNATIONAL AIR TRANSPORT CONSULTANTS, TO HELP SAUDI GOVERNMENT TO FORMULATE PLAN FOR PRIVATIZATION.
MARCH 2001: 2000 = 20.23 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+3.1%), 999.54 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-.4%), 12.57 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+1.9%).
1 747-468, AND 1 777-200 DELIVERIES.
APRIL 2001: ZAMIL SABBAHI, GENERAL MANAGER ENGINEERING.
MAIN BASE: JEDDAH (KING ABDUL AZIZ) AIRPORT.
HUBS: DHAHRAN AIRPORT; & RIYADH (KING KHALID INTERNATIONAL) AIRPORT.
1 747-400, AND 1 777-200ER DELIVERIES.
JULY 2001: 1ST 6 MONTHS = 9.42 BILLION (RPK) TRAFFIC (+2.6%); 397.33 MILLION (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (-15.8%); 5.94 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+2.3%).
MODIFIES 12 747-200/-300/SP'S WITH CMC ELECTRONICS, CMA-900, FLIGHT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (FMS).
23RD 777-200ER DELIVERY.
AUGUST 2001: 1 777-268ER (28366, HZ-AKW) DELIVERY.
SEPTEMBER 2001: CONTRACT TO BOEING (TBC) AIRPLANE SERVICES (BAS), FOR REPAIR OF 747-366 (23266), FORWARD FUSELAGE, AFTER RUNNING OFF RUNWAY, AT KUALA LUMPUR. LATER, FOUND DAMAGED BEYOND ECONOMICAL REPAIR & WRITTEN OFF (W/O).
JANUARY 2002: FOR 2002 HADJ, THROUGH THE END OF MARCH 2002, WILL USE: 3 747-100'S; & 2 747-200'S, AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (AID) WET-LEASED; 2 A300'S, ONUR AIR (ONU) WET-LEASED; AND AIR ALFA (ALV) 3 A300'S WET-LEASED. EXPECTS TO CARRY 779K PASSENGERS (PAX), FOR HADJ.
4-MEMBER (FAA)/(ICAO) TEAM CONDUCTED AUDIT OF (SVA) ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE, AND FACILITIES, FOR RENEWAL OF (FAA) REPAIR STATION CERTIFICATE.
2001 = -$29.24 MILLION: 13.73 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+1.7%).
2001 TOP 50 WORLD AIRLINES - TRAFFIC (BILLION) (RPM):
1 UAL 116.60; 2 AAL 106.15; 3 DAL 97.60; 4 NWA 73.11; 5 BAB 64.24; 6 AFA 59.54; 7 CAL 58.76; 8 DLH 56.76; 9 JAL 50.77; 10 USA 45.93; 11 SWA 44.50; 12 SIA 42.76; 13 QAN 42.14; 14 ACN 41.49; 15 KLM 35.76; 16 ANA 33.16; 17 CAT 27.81; 18 TII 27.43; 19 IBE 25.64; 20 KAL 23.73; 21 ALI 22.45; 22 MAS 22.29; 23 AMW 19.06; 24 VAA 17.65; 25 VAR 16.02; 26 CHI 16.00; 27 EAD 14.37; 28 SAS 14.26; 29 ANZ 13.54; 30 SAA 12.70; 31 SVA 12.56; 32 BEJ 12.39; 33 ASA 12.23; 34 JAS 10.06; 35 THY 9.35; 36 AMX 8.51; 37 PAL 8.36; 38 GIA 8.15; 39 CMA 7.99; 40 ELA 7.79; 41 GUL 7.65; 42 PIA 7.24; 43 AIN 7.10; 44 TAP 6.43; 45 EGP 5.53; 46 OLY 5.24; 47 AUL 5.06; 48 FIN 4.93; 49 IND 4.52; 50 CQT 4.51.
MARCH 2002: SETS ALL-TIME RECORD BY TRANSPORTING 390,000 PILGRIMS FROM 57 INTERNATIONAL AND 25 DOMESTIC DESTINATIONS DURING THE HADJ SEASON. ALSO ACHIEVED 90% ON-TIME RECORD. HAS BEGUN 2ND PHASE OF OPERATIONS FOR RETURN OF PILGRIMS.
SAUDI ARABIAN AIRLINES (SVA) CARGO SALES AND SERVICE, RECEIVES (ISO)-9001-2000 CERTIFICATION FROM MOODY INTERNATIONAL.
July 2002: Converts 777-268 (HZ-AKF) to VIP configuration, and puts it on a Low Utilization Maintenance Program (LUMP).
October 2002: To Dubai - Muscat (2/week).
November 2002: Expects to carry >828,000 pilgrims from 70 airports in the upcoming Hadj period. 9 new airports in Iran, UK, and France will be used. In addition Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) will transport >1.53 million Umrah pilgrims from various parts of the world during the Ramadan and Eid Al-Fitr on 9,935 scheduled and extra flights within a period of 45 days.
Khalid Ben-Bakr, Director General, chaired the recent Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) meeting, in Tunis.
December 2002: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) and the Government have recently sponsored a "Discover the Kingdom" program with organized tours, such as 278 Japanese tourists, and a German group, who used (SVA)'s 777-200's. The program is directed at particular categories of foreign tourists, and is aimed at introducing them to the Kingdom's antiquities and history.
2 747-236B's (21350; 21536), European Aircharter (EUL) wet-leased.
January 2003: A300B4-203 (138, TC-ONT) & A300B4-605R (749, TC-OAB), Onur Air (ONU) wet-leased for the Hadj.
March 2003: 2002 = 23.15 billion (RPK) traffic (+2.6%); 62.8% LF load factor; 14.16 million passengers (PAX) (+5.9%); 885.34 million (FTK) freight traffic (+7.8%).
Riyadh - Jeddah - Kochi (Cochin) (747-300, weekly). In April 2003, Jeddah/Riyadh - Dawadmi (2/week). In June 2003, Jeddah - Sharm El Sheikh (MD-90, 2/week).
April 2003: 24,259 employees (including 1,399 Flight Crew (FC), 2,623 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 6,134 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
September 2003: 2002 = 20.80 billion (RPK) traffic (-7.8%); -2.6% (ASK) capacity; 68% LF load factor (+4); 14.8 million passengers (PAX) (+11.1%); 862 million (FTK) freight traffic (+8%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
31 (CSR) 22.37; 32 (GUE) 21.90; 33 (ANZ) 21.48; 34 (SAA) 21.28; 35 (ASA) 21.23; 36 (SVA) 20.80; 37 (AAT) 19.93; 38 (EVA) 19.51; 39 (CEA) 18.63; 40 (BRI) 18.43; 41 (ARO) 17.65.
October 2003: Jeddah - Peshawar (A300-600, weekly). Riyadh - Peshawar (A300-600, 2/week).
February 2004: 2003 = 14.38 million passengers (PAX) ON 89,261 flights (record!).
April 2004: Jeddah - Riyadh - Frankfurt - Prague (777, weekly). Riyadh - Jeddah - Prague - Frankfurt (777, weekly).
24,259 employees (including 1,399 Flight Crew (FC), 2,623 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 6,134 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
June 2004: Jeddah - Frankfurt - Prague - Frankfurt - Riyadh - Jeddah.
July 2004: 2003 = 23.37 billion (RPK) traffic (+1%); 62.3% LF load factor; 14.49 million passengers (PAX) (+2.3%); 85.45 million (FTK) freight traffic (-1.1%).
November 2004: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) Cargo, Jeddah - Bangkok, & Dhaka.
March 2005: 4 737-268's (20576; 21280; 21360; 21361), sold to SilverAir (SVR).
April 2005: "D" maintenance checks by Alsalam Aircraft Company, Riyadh on 2 747-100's and 1 747-300.
Contract with ASiq Party Ltd, a wholly owned sunsidiary of ASI Entertainment, for the AsiQnet in-flight e-mail, Internet, and Short Message System (SMS) system.
$400 million, 15 orders (December 2005) Embraer EMB-170's, 6F, 60Y. To be used for domestic and regional markets, adding frequencies on existing routes and developing mini-hubs at Hail City in the north and Abha in the south.
August 2005: 25,000 employees (+2.1%).
September 2005: INCDT: (SVA) 747-368B emergency landing at Colombo (regarding a bomb hoax) resulted in 1 fatality in a "panic" evacuation.
November 2005: Air France (AFA) Industries (AFI) will open a component logistics center at Abu Dhabi early next year as part of its effort to become the world's leading 777 service provider. (AFI) celebrated the 90th 777 to join its repair services on a flight-hour basis with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA)'s 23-strong 777 fleet.
December 2005: 3 EMB-170-100ST's (00012; 00108, HZ-AEA; 00114, HZ-AEB), deliveries.
January 2006: Qatar Airways (QTA) and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) announced the signing of a "strategic code share agreement" to take effect February 1 on the Dammam - Doha sector.
Evans & Sutherland (E&S) Computer Corporation said Malaysia Airlines (MAS) will equip its Thales A380 flight6 simulators with (E&S)'s EP-1000CT visual system. Emirates (EAD), Qantas (QAN) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) also recently placed orders for the system. (E&S) signed a deal with (CAE) to produce an EP-1000CT/ESCP-2000 system for an Embraer EMB-170 simulator ordered by Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA).
2 EMB-170-100LR's (00118, HZ-AEE; 00121, HX-AEF), deliveries.
February 2006: EMB-170-100LR (00119, HZ-AED), delivery.
March 2006: Six Arab carriers signed an agreement in late January to form Arabesk Group, a consortium "designed to help members realize better commercial potential," according to Arab Air Carriers Organization Secretary General, Abdul Wahab Teffaha. Initial members are EgyptAir (EGP), Gulf Air (GUL), Middle East Airlines (MEA), Royal Jordanian (RJA), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), and Yemenia Yemen Airways (YEM). The group said Tunisair (TUN) likely will join soon. Formation of the entity was discussed last summer. "The cooperation is already yielding benefits for the individual carriers and is demonstrating that this is a good path for the future, as well as providing value-added service to travelers through better market coverage," Teffaha said. The airlines will cooperate on scheduling, operate code share flights and have special prorate agreements during the summer schedule period. Sabre Airlines Solutions consulted on the formation of Arabesk.
The Saudi government approved the privatization of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), according to a statement from the Supreme Economic Council cited by local press reports.
(SVA) will increase the frequency on its Jeddah to Cairo route from 13 to 22 flights a week by June 10th and operate 2 flights on Mondays, 3 flights on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays and 4 flights on Fridays & Sundays. Most flights will operate with a 747-300 with one flight a day, except Mondays, operating with a 777-200. Gulf Air (GUL) and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) are adding Bahrain - Al Madinah, and Muscat - Dammam to their code share arrangement. The new weekly service to Al Madinah will commence March 26. The twice-weekly Muscat - Dammam service came into effect March 3 and is operated by Gulf Air (GUL) as an extension of its existing Kathmandu - Muscat route.
2 EMB-170's (00123, HZ-AEF; 00124, HZ-AEG), deliveries.
April 2006: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) reportedly plans to float 30% of its shares in an Initial Public Offering (IPO) later this year. According to the Arab Air Carriers Organization, the carrier submitted documents to Saudi Arabia's Capital Market Authority seeking to float 450 million shares. In March, the government approved Saudi Arabian (SVA)'s privatization as part of a series of economic reforms in the country.
2 orders (June 2006) 747-341 (24107; 24108), Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) wet-leased.
June 2006: EMB-170-100LR (00135, HZ-AEH) delivery.
July 2006: Khalid bin Abdullah Al-Molhem, Director General, ex-President of Saudi Telecom (STC), replaces Dr Khaled Ben-Bakr. It is considered that this change comes as the airline moves towards privatization. In a recent statement, the Finance Minister, Ibrahim Al-Assaf confirmed that Saudi Arabian (SVA) is next in line for privatization, probably before the end of the year.
Employees = 25,000.
August 2006: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) finalized a privatization program for five of its units - - Catering, Cargo, Ground Handling, Pilot Training, and Technical Services - - and is preparing to submit its plan to national authorities for certification. According to the Arab Air Carriers Organization, the airline said the new units will be financially and managerially independent and sold through an Initial Public Offering (IPO).
The Saudi Arabian government initiated the privatization process for flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) by formally offering a stake of up to 49% in the company's catering and affiliated in-flight sales units. The carrier submitted its plan to the government earlier this month
September 2006: 2 EMB-170-100LR's (00142, HZ-AEI; 00145, HZ-AEJ), deliveries.
November 2006: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) retained its title as the largest Middle Eastern airline in 2005, but Emirates Airlines (EAD) may well take the crown in 2006 as its fleet touches 100 next month.
In the contest for the title of the Middle East's top airline, Saudi Arabian (SVA)'s fleet of 141 planes carried 16.9 million passengers in 2005, helped in large part by the traditionally heavy inbound traffic for religious pilgrimages to the kingdom.
(SVA)'s overall throughput was 2.4 million more than (EAD), which had 14.5 million passengers in 2005. (EAD) ended 2005 with 92 airplanes, but achieved the highest revenues of any Middle East airline at $6.3 billion. Saudi Arabian (SVA), in comparison, earned $4 billion.
Additionally, (EAD) takes delivery of one airplane a month and by the end of the year, the airline should have over 100 airplanes.
Counting new daily routes such as Beijing in September, and upcoming flights to the south Indian city of Bangalore, and also Tunis later this year, (EAD) could overtake (SVA)in terms of fleet size and overall traffic.
Qatar Airways (QTA), fifth overall at 5.8 million passengers and 46 airplanes in 2005, enjoyed some standout accolades. It was the only Middle Eastern carrier to receive a five-star ranking from Skytraxx, a London-based airline and airport market research firm. (QTA) also came in fourth worldwide in the growth of international passenger traffic, at +9.2%, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA) (ITA).
EMB-170-100LR (00149, HZ-AEK), delivery.
December 2006: 3 EMB-170s (00152, HZ-AEL; 00155, HZ-EAM; 00158, HZ-AEN), deliveries.
January 2007: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) is negotiating with both Boeing (TBC) and Airbus (EDS) to buy up to 60 airplanes worth up to $12 billion, London's "The Business" reported. The purchase should bolster its current fleet of 139 planes. Local sources said Saudi Arabian (SVA), which is government-owned, is expanding rapidly and needs a variety of new airplanes. Press reports indicate the order will be split between the two manufacturers, but delivery will not happen in time for the carrier's proposed flotation in 2008. Its last major airplane buy was in 1995, when it ordered 61 (TBC) airplanes. It also purchased 15 EMB-170s in 2005.
March 2007: Starting June 1st, Jeddah - Isfahan, using A300s. Starting June 20th, Jeddah - Vienna - Munich, and June 23rd, Riyadh - Vienna - Munich, both using 777-200s.
Starts code share with Sri Lankan Airways (LNK), twice weekly, Colombo - Jeddah, using (LNK) A330-200s.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) will sell 49% of its catering unit to a coalition of Saudi and Spanish firms for $373.4 million, according to the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
EMB-170 (00161, HZ-AEO), delivery.
April 2007: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) confirmed that it will privatize its cargo unit by year end. The airline is inviting expressions of interest in a maximum 49% share of its cargo unit, the Arab Air Carriers Organization said. Saudi Arabian (SVA) has outlined its intention to privatize its individual business units separately, including the catering, ground handling and technical units, in addition to pilot (FC) training and cargo.
As the national airline of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) operates domestic and international, scheduled, jet airplane flights to more than >70 destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the USA. Also operates domestic and international charter flights.
Employees = 22,104.
(IATA) Code: SV - 065. (ICAO) Code: SVA - SAUDIA.
Parent organization/shareholders: Saudi government (100%).
Alliances: Cyprus Airways (CYP); Gulf Air (GUL); Pakistan International Airlines (PIA); Qatar Airways (QTA); South Africanj Airways (SAA); & SyrianAir (SYR).
Main Base: Jeddah King Abdul Aziz International Airport (JED).
Hubs: Riyadh King Khalid International airport (RUH); & Dhahran airport (DHA).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Abha; Alahsa; Al-Baha; Arar; Bisha; Dammam; Dawadmi; Gassim; Gurayat; Hail; Jazan; Jeddah; Jouf; King Khalid Military City; Madinah; Nejran; Qaisumah; Rafha; Riyadh; Sharurah; Tabuk; Taif; Turaif; Wadi Ad Dawasir; Wedjh; & Yanbu.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Addis Ababa; Alexandria; Algiers; Amman; Asmara; Bahrain; Beirut; Cairo; Casablanca; Chennai; Colombo; Dakar; Damascus; Delhi; Dhaka; Doha; Dubai; Frankfurt; Geneva; Hyderabad; Islamabad; Istanbul; Jakarta; Johannesburg; Kano; Karachi; Khartoum; Kochi; Kuala Lumpur; Kuwait; Lahore; London; Manila; Masdhad; Milan; Mumbai; Muscat; Nairobi; New York; Paris; Peshawar; Rome; Sana'a; Sharjah; Singapore; Tehran; Tunis; & Washington.
May 2007: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) is looking to buy up to 60 new airplanes, the Arab Air Carriers Organization confirmed, and intends to establish a low-cost carrier (LCC) subsidiary. (SVA) also announced a service expansion, including an increase in flights to Dubai to 44 weekly from 30, and added frequencies to London Heathrow, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Madrid, Frankfurt, New York (JFK) and Washington Dulles, and new seasonal services to Vienna, Athens and Munich.
June 2007: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) will add two frequencies to its Brussels (BRU) cargo schedule on June 20, bringing to 20 the number of weekly flights it operates at the airport, with MD-11Fs and 747-200Fs. Saudi Arabian (SVA) is the largest freighter operator at (BRU).
(SVA) will start issuing electronic boarding passes to passengers traveling through Saudi airports in August, the Arab Air Carriers Organization said.
CHAMP Cargosystems said 28 "of the world's leading cargo carriers" are switching over to the new Web-enabled and Java-based version of ULD Manager. Among them are Air China (BEJ), Finnair (FIN), Icelandair (ICE), and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA).
Thales (THL) won an order from (SVA) to retrofit its "TopSeries i5000" InFlight Entertainment (IFE) system on 22 777-200s with the first scheduled revenue flight in June 2008.
Worldspan signed (SVA) to a multiyear technology services agreement under which the Global Distribution System (GDS) will help (SVA) upgrade its ticketing process to include global e-ticket processing and interlining. (SVA) will adopt Worldspan ETDBase, Worldspan Interchange and other solutions.
July 2007: Galileo said Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), Air-India (AIN), and Air Yemenia (YEM) implemented e-ticketing via the Global Distribution System (GDS).
November 2007: Thales (THL) announced that Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) selected the TopSeries i5000 In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for its 22 777-200s. The system includes on-demand video, music and games, and comes with a laptop power connector, USB port and RCA jack. It will be retrofitted onto the airplanes, with first flight scheduled for June. (SVA) also will install the Aeromobile System, enabling passengers to use mobile telephones during flight.
(GE) Aviation (GEC) announced a $1.4 billion overhaul support agreement with (SVA) under which it will support the carrier's plans to perform Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) on (GE90), (CF6), and (CF34) engines at a new facility in Jeddah. The agreement includes a Memo of Understanding (MOU) for (GE) to supply material to (SVA) for 14 years following the opening of the new center.
In a major shift away from Boeing (TBC), (SVA) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Airbus (EDS) for 22 A320s plus eight options, as part of its fleet modernization. At the same time, it announced leases for 10 additional A320s from (GECAS) (GEF), and another 10 from Bahraini Bank Gulf One. The A320s will replace the airline's fleet of MD-90s, and also will take over many regional routes from its 777s. Deliveries will start in 2009, with some of the airplanes replacing seven A320s currently operated on lease. (CFM) International said (SVA) chose the (CFM56-5B) to power the 10 airplanes leased from (GECAS) (GEF) in a deal worth $135 million at catalog prices. Those airplanes are scheduled to begin delivering in 2010, (CFM) said. No other engine details were available. The airplane order represents the carrier's first from the European manufacturer since it became the A300-600 launch customer. That airplane was delivered in 1984. Director General, Khalid Al-Molhem said that "investing in a new fleet of (EDS) single-aisle airplanes enables us to benefit from an airplane that is unquestionably right for our needs and for those of our passengers." He said that the selection is "the first stage in the modernization plan," that also includes 777 cabin upgrades. He added that (SVA) is looking at adding more 777s or alternative types. However, he said it is not interested in entering the hub wars with other Gulf carriers: "We only want to bring travelers and tourists to visit Saudi Arabia."
December 2007: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) signed a contract with Airbus (EDS) firming the order for 22 A320s announced at last month's Dubai Air Show. The deal includes eight options.
A319-132 (2655, TC-OGV), ex-(D-AVYJ), and A320-232 (0460, TC-OGK), ex-N951LF), both leased from AtlasJet (ABE), and A321-231 (3126, TC-JRE), ex-(D-AVZS), Turkish Airlines (THY) leased.
January 2008: Sabre Airline Solutions and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) signed four separate agreements for advanced technology business solutions covering network management, operations, ground handling, and cargo revenue management. Sabre will work with the airline over the next two years to deliver the tools.
India and Saudi Arabia signed an air services agreement that will more than double the number of available seats per week between the countries to 20,000 from 8,500. Saudi carriers now can fly to Bangalore, Lucknow, and Calicut, in addition to the five Indian cities already permitted. Indian airlines will have access to Madina, their fourth destination in Saudi Arabia. Cargo flights will have no restrictions.
May 2008: Lufthansa (DLH) Systems (LHS) reached a deal with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) to provide its SAP ERP technology for streamlining Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) processes. Technology features a rotation planning system and advanced scheduling, and documentation capabilities. (LHS) entered the agreement as part of an Information Technology (IT) consortium that includes SAP, InfoTrust and Atos/Hewlett-Packard.
June 2008: Saudi Arabian (SVA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) signed a marketing and cooperation Memo of Understanding (MOU) under which they will explore code sharing, schedule coordination, loyalty program linkups, and cargo and marketing coordination.
Amadeus reached 10-year agreements with 12 Arab Air Carriers Organization-affiliated airlines for distribution activities in their home markets. Six members, who have partnered with Amadeus for the past seven years, will be joined by another six, when their current distribution agreements expire at year end. Accounting for 66% of the reservations made by travel agencies in the (MENA) region, the 12 airlines are Air Algerie (ALG), Afriqiyah Airways (AQY), EgyptAir (EGP), Etihad Airways (EHD), Kuwait Airways (KUW), Libyan Airlines (LAA), Qatar Airways (QTA), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), Sudan Airways (SUD), Syrian Arab Airlines (SYR), Tunisair (TUN), and Yemen Airways (YEM).
ALAFCO (AVF) reached a deal with (SVA) for the sale and lease of 17 airplanes for delivery from 2009 through 2015, the Arab Air Carriers Organization reported. Agreement comprises the sale of eight 787-9s worth $1.6 billion, the 12-year lease of an additional four 787-9s and eight-year leases on five A320-200s.
July 2008: At the Farnborough Air Show, Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) signed a firm order for eight A330-300s. The contract follows one for 22 A320s signed at the end of 2007, which was the first agreement between the carrier and Airbus (EDS) in 26 years. "The A330-300 is the right airplane for our ambitious fleet renewal plans," Director General, Khalid al Molhem said. "The airplane combines operational efficiency, as well as cabin comfort."
(SVA) chose (CFM56-5B)s to power the A320s. (CFM) valued the order at approximately $300 million at list prices.
(GE) Aviation (GEC) said (SVA) reaffirmed its selection of the (GEnx) to power its 12 787-9s, eight of which will be leased from Aviation Lease and Finance Co with deliveries starting in 2014. The 24 (GEnx) engines will be supported with a long-term overhaul material agreement with (GE) Aviation (GEC).
Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID) signed a wet-lease agreement with (SVA), adding a sixth 747 to the fleet (AID) operates on behalf of (SVA). The 747-200SF will operate cargo services between Dammam, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Brussels for one year.
August 2008: ALAFCO (ALF) announced the lease of eight A320-200s to Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) for eight years each. Delivery is scheduled in 2009 and 2010. The Kuwaiti lessor struck a deal with Saudi Arabian for 17 long-haul airplanes in June. The combined deals are worth $3.3 billion, ALAFCO (AVF) said.
757-2Q8 (25131, F-GTIB), Eagle Aviation (EGZ) wet-leased.
September 2008: Saudi Arabian Airlines is recruiting 747 Classic Flight Crew (FC) Second In Command (SIC)s, as well as EMB-170 and MD-90 Pilot In Command (PIC)s. Applicants can apply online and view additional information about pay and benefits offered.
October 2008: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) became the 26th major international carrier to join "Cargo 2000."
The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) elected Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) CEO, Khalid Abdullah Almolhem as its new President, succeeding current Tunisair (TUN) President & CEO, Nabil Chettaoui.
The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) Secretary General, Abdul Wahab Teffaha said he believes his member airlines are well-positioned to face the current industry and economic crises, and that the turmoil might present opportunities for Arab carriers to emerge stronger and better developed. "There are some dampening elements that may soften the depth of the crisis on the Arab airlines," Teffaha noted during the (AACO)'s annual general meeting in Tunis. He cited strong visiting-friends-and-relatives traffic, resulting from the large number of Arab emigrants, strong labor traffic through the Middle East, North Africa and the rest of Asia, buoyant pilgrim traffic, the new fleets operated by most (AACO) members and modern airport infrastructure as elements that would boost local airlines.
November 2008: Iberia (IBE) said it renovated its La Munoza maintenance hangar near Madrid Barajas to improve and extend its painting services for new and overhauled airplanes. The 2,900-sq-m facility is equipped for stripping, sanding, painting and drying various airplanes. A Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) 757-200 and an A320 operated by Ural Airlines (URL) are the first in line to be painted there.
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January 2009: (SITA) signed a five-year, $76 million contract with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) to implement and maintain global communications and desktop infrastructure. The hybrid network solution is expected to reduce communications-related costs, increase flexibility and advance a range of applications including a new Passenger Management System.
February 2009: (CFM) International and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) finalized a $300 million order for (CFM56-5B)s to power 22 new A320s with deliveries beginning this year. The order was announced at last year's Farnborough Air Show. (SVA) also plans to lease an additional 28 (CFM56-5B)-powered A320s. (CFM) said that all of (SVA)'s (CFM56-5B) engines are the Tech Insertion configuration.
(GE) Aviation Services (GEC) reached a 10-year, $300 million materials deal with (SVA) under which (SVA) committed to use (CFM) parts exclusively to maintain the 100 purchased and leased (CFM56-5B)s powering the A320s.
Thales (THL) and (ACSS), a (THC) and L-3 Communications (ESM) joint venture, said Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) selected its T3CAS integrated surveillance platform for installation on 42 firm and eight optional A320s. Expected to lower ownership costs, enhance power efficiency and reduce wiring and weight, the technology combines a traffic alert and collision avoidance system, terrain awareness warning system and Mode S transponder. ADS-B capabilities include (ATSAW) with (ITP).
April 2009: Rolls-Royce (RRC) signed a contract with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) for provision of (Trent 700EP)s to power up to 12 (eight firm and four option) A330s ordered at last year's Farnborough Airshow, with deliveries beginning in 2010. The contract is valued at up to $900 million at list prices and includes a long-term TotalCare services agreement. (SVA) already operates 14 (RRC)-powered 747-100s, 747-200s, 747SPs and 747-300s, but this marks the first time it has selected the (Trent).
May 2009: INCDT: MD-90-30 (HZ-APW) on landing at Riyadh airport, departed the runway to the side and the right main landing gear collapsed. All 8 on board were OK.
June 2009: 2 A330-223s (358, TC-ETK; 364, TC-ETL), Atlas Air (ABE) wet-leased.
September 2009: A320-214 (4015, HZ-AS11), ALAFCO (AVF) leased.
October 2009: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) took delivery of its first A320, acquired under a long-term lease agreement with ALAFCO (AVF). It will deploy the airplane from Riyadh to routes in the region as well as to Europe and to the Indian subcontinent.
(SVA) announced an agreement to install SwiftBroadband Mobile OnAir and WiFi Internet OnAir communications technology on its fleet of A330s that fly international routes.
(SVA )is recruiting 747 Classic First Officers (FC) as well as EMB-170 and MD-90 Captains (FC)s. Flight Crew (FC) applicants can apply online and view additional information about pay and benefits offered.
2 A320-214s (4057, HZ-AS12), ALAFCO (AVF) leased and (4081, HZ-ASA), deliveries.
November 2009: 2 A320-214s (4090, HZ-ASB), delivery and (4092, HZ-AS31 - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-A320-2009-11"), (GEF) leased.
December 2009: 4 A320-214s (4104, HZ-AS13; 4115, HZ-AS14; 4122, HZ-AS15; 4135, HZ-AS16), deliveries.
April 2010: Saudi Arabia will begin construction of its own flight academy at Thumamah near Riyadh. The Saudi Aviation Flight Academy is being developed in cooperation with the Saudi Aviation Club and the Saudi Binladin Group, according to the Arab Air Carrier Organization. It said the academy will aim to have the capacity is to train up to 200 cadets to international standards. Campus facilities will include all training, residential housing, recreational and administrative offices.
A300B4-605R (603, TC-OAZ), Onur Air (ONU) leased.
May 2010: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) took delivery of the first of eight Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700EP)-powered A330-343Es (1108, HZ-AQA - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-A330-343E-2010-04") it ordered in July 2008.
June 2010: 2 A320-214s (4314, HZ-AS33; 4337, HZ-ASC) and A330-343E (1127, HZ-AQB), deliveries.
August 2010: A310-308F (592, TC-SGM), 4 A320-214s (4393, HZ-AS36; 4394, HS-AS37; 4397, HS-AS34), (GEF) leased, (4414, HZ-AS21), ALAFCO (ALV) leased, and A330-343E (1141, HZ-AQD), deliveries.
September 2010: 757-23A (24292, G-OJIB), Astraeus (AUA) leased. A320-214 (4432, HS-AS38), (GEF) leased and A330-343E (1147, HZ-AQE) delivery.
November 2010: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) announced an order for 12 777-300ERs with options to buy 10 more in a deal valued at $3.3 billion at average list prices. (SVA) is also taking over orders for eight 787s previously placed by Kuwait-based leasing company ALAFCO (ALV).
(SVA) Director General, Khaled al-Mulhim said, “Our decision to order the 777-300ER is part of a long-term growth strategy to expand and modernize our fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient airplanes.”
According to (SVA)’s website, its fleet totals 122 airplanes, comprising four 747-400s, nine 747-300s, 22 777-268s, 29 MD-90s, 35 A320s, eight A330s and 15 Embraer EMB-170s. It states (SVA) will introduce 15 A321s “in the end of 2010” and 12 777-300s “in the end of 2011.”
December 2010: Saudi Airlines (SVA) Cargo launched thrice-weekly, MD-11F Riyadh - Jeddah - Amsterdam Schiphol service.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) is recruiting flight crew (FC) Captains for its fleet of A320, Hawker 400XP, Falcon 7X; and First Officers only for Hawker 400XP and Falcon 7X. Qualified (FDC) applicants should forward full credentials to Bkarim@Saudiairlines.com immediately for application evaluation & screening to reserve an interview slot.
3 A320-214s (4501, HZ-AS42; 4517, HS-AS43); (GEF) leased and (4519, HZ-AS23), ALAFCO (ALV) leased.
January 2011: (GECAS) (GEF) announced delivery of a new A320 airplane to Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA). It is the 12th of 15 A320s leased to (SVA) from (GEF)’s existing order book with Airbus. Delivery of the airplanes commenced in November 2009.
February 2011: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) is recruiting A320 flight crew (FC) Captains. For application evaluation and screening and to reserve an interview slot, qualified (FC) applicants may forward full credentials along with scanned copy of passport and license to Bkarim@Saudiairlines.com.
March 2011: (OAG) Cargo reached a contract with Saudi Airlines (SVA) Cargo to supply (SVA) with its new Route Mapper product. (OAG) is the launch customer for the solution, which will begin roll-out from April 1, incorporating Arabic, customized branding, future schedules and full integration into (SVA)'s website.
Travelport reached a renewed multi-year content agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA). Under terms, Galileo and Worldspan-connected users will gain enhanced connectivity to (SVA)’s inventory of flights and fares on over >80 domestic and international routes.
June 2011: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) has placed a firm order for four additional A330-300 airplanes in addition to the eight ordered in July 2008, taking the total order for the type to 12.
July 2011: Plans have been made to develop King Abdulaziz International Airport (the home base of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) and entry point for the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah). The airport will be expanded in three phases, reaching an ultimate capacity of 80 million annual passengers by 2035.
Southern Air (SOF) and Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) inked an (ACMI) wet-lease agreement under which (SOF) will operate a 747F freighter for (SVA) beginning this month.
September 2011: A new international terminal has opened at Prince Mohammed bin Abdulaziz International Airport in the Al Madinah province in Saudi Arabia to improve services for visitors and pilgrims. The airport apron space will accommodate up to five super-jumbos at the same time.
October 2011: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) selected Thales (THL) to provide its TopFlight (SATCOM) system on its new airplanes.
Thales (THL) TopFlight (SATCOM) system consists of an (ARINC) 781 compliant Satellite Data Unit (SDU) and its configuration module (SCM), bringing a breakthrough in (SATCOM) size and performance. Housed in a single enclosure, the (SDU) makes it a cost-effective solution equally applicable to short haul and long haul airplanes, as well as regional airplanes.
Taking full advantage of Inmarsat Swiftbroadband new I-4 series satellites, (THL) TopFlight (SATCOM) offers data rates of up to 432 kbps average per channel. In addition, this new standard of (SATCOM) continues to support Inmarsat Classic Aero Services for flight deck voice and data connectivity, an essential part of oceanic Future Air Navigation System (FANS) and Air Traffice Services (ATS) communications. The two channel cards can be configured for “Classic Aero Services” or Swiftbroadband (SBB) allowing to provide mandatory cockpit voice and data communications with one card, and leaving the second card available for either a second cockpit voice or an (SBB) connection at 432 kbps.
These additional capabilities of Internet Protocol (IP) based broadband provide a efficient and cost effective growing path for ground-air communication as part of Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) and airplane system monitoring.
A321-211 (4838, HZ-ASL), ex-(D-AVZV) delivery.
November 2011: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) is expecting to operate at least 3,000 flights during the Hadj season. According to Saudia spokesperson Abdullah Al-Ajhar, (SVA) has rented 32 airplanes from other companies to bolster its existing fleet of 100 planes.
According to Al-Ajhar, there will be no repeat of the airport chaos that blighted the Umrah season. “It is a regular occasion that needs great efforts by all bodies concerned,” said Al-Ajhar, adding that (SVA) and other government institution involved in providing pilgrimage services have operation rooms to help coordinate with each other effectively.
Al-Ajhar revealed that (SVA)’s preparations for the holy season starts very early with making contacts with Hadj agencies in countries that send pilgrims. “We have signed agreements with Haj groups in countries such as Malaysia, Indonesia, Turkey, Morocco, Iran, and others, to provide for us early estimates of the numbers of people coming for Hadj,” said Al-Ajhar.
Based on these figures, (SVA) has started planning for the influx of pilgrims and allocated airplanes accordingly, he said. “There are centers that categorize or split people into groups for departure to Makkah even before they arrive at the airport,” said Al-Ajhar.
He blamed the chaotic situation at the Jeddah airport toward the end of Ramadan on Umrah pilgrims were trying to leave even though they did not have confirmed reservations.
Al-Ajhar said many pilgrims did not abide by baggage rules and they came carrying bags and boxes that were overweight or oversize, which jammed screening machines and caused conveyor belts to break down.
“We are using an early awareness program this year by sending out 2 to 3 million brochures to the countries where pilgrims come from,” said Al-Ajhar.
Rolls-Royce (RRC) announced at the Dubai Airshow it has won a $500 million contract for (Trent 700) engines from Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA). Under terms, (RRC) will provide engines and "TotalCare" support for four previously announced A330s and four options. The airplanes, due to enter service in 2013, will join (SVA)’s existing fleet of eight (Trent 700)-powered A330s.
“The (Trent 700) is a market leader and in the Middle East it is the engine of choice for eight out of the 11 operators of the A330, powering three quarters of the airplanes in service,” (RRC) Senior VP Civil Aerospace, Phil Harris said.
(SVA) put its first (Trent 700)-powered A330 into service in May 2010 and the airplane has since “performed flawlessly,” (SVA) Director General, Khaled Al-Molhem said.
January 2012: Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA) has ordered eight additional 777-300ERs in an order valued at $2.4 billion at list prices. The order was announced as (SVA) took delivery of its first two of the type from a previous deal for 12 airplanes, plus 10 options.
(SVA) Director General H. E. Eng. Khaled Al-Mulhem said, "With the ongoing growth of business and industry in Saudi Arabia, demand in domestic, regional and international travel is also increasing rapidly and the 777-300ER will play a significant role in our long-term strategy growth to expand and modernize our fleet with newer, more fuel-efficient airplanes."
(SVA) took delivery of its first 777, a 777-200ER, in December 1997 and owns and operates 23 777-200ERs.
(SVA) is recruiting Flight Crew (FC)s for its fleet of 777, A320 and EMB-170s. (SVA) is accepting (FC) applications. Qualified applicants may forward full credentials with flight time breakdown for each airplane type with position, along with scanned copy of passport and license to Bkarim@Saudiairlines.com. (SVA) hires both rated and non-rated A320 pilots (FC), however, non-type rated candidates will be under bonding scheme (training cost deductions and bonding deductions are reimbursed on successful completion of contract or termination without prejudice). (SVA) is also accepting Captains (FC) and First Officer (FC) resumes for future corporate jet hiring on the Falcon 7X, Falcon 900, G-IV and Hawker 400XP. See the company web site for contract details or apply through Crew Leasing firm PARC Aviation. Also see FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
2 777-368ERs (41048, HZ-AK11; 41050, HZ-AK12), deliveries.
February 2012: 777-368ER (41049, HZ-AK13 - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-777-368ER - 2012-02"), and A321-211 (5009, HZ-ASP), ex-(D-AZAK) deliveries.
March 2012: Saudi Airlines (SVA) Cargo is expanding its Asian services with new freighter flights out of Vietnam and China. The carrier will launch twice-weekly, 747-400F freighter service from Saigon, Vietnam on March 25.
"Saigon is an emerging market. With China becoming more expensive, production is increasingly being moved to Vietnam and other developing countries. This new service will enable us to expand our network into the region in response to changing market conditions," said Peter Scholten, VP commercial at Saudi Airlines Cargo in a statement issued by (SVA).
Saudi Airlines Cargo also added a weekly, MD-11F service March 4 from Guangzhou, China, to Brussels.
April 2012: Saudia (SVA) has retired its last MD-90 (53496, HZ-APF) after replacing its fleet of 29 airplanes by new A320-200s and A321-200s over the last couple of years.
May 2012: Saudia (SVA), formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines, joined the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance, becoming the alliance’s first member airline from the Middle East. “Joining the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance is an integral part of Saudia (SVA)’s long-term transformation strategy, which includes re-branding our airline, restructuring core operations and enhancing on board products and airport services,” (SVA) Director General, Khalid Al-Molhem said.
SkyTeam (STM) Alliance Managing Director, Michael Wisbrun said (SVA)’s membership “adds value to the (STM) alliance by opening up the considerable Saudi Arabian market to our customers.”
From its hubs in Jeddah, Riyadh and Dammam, (SVA) operates a network throughout the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian Subcontinent and Northern Africa. (SVA) adds +51 new destinations to the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance’s global network, including 23 within Saudi Arabia.
(SVA) said it has embarked on a four-year turnaround program, which will be completed by 2013. “As a key part of this program, (SVA) has refreshed its corporate identity and changed its name. Upon joining the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance, the airline's name "Saudia" was reintroduced, [which was] the airline’s name from 1972 to 1996.”
Other elements of Saudia (SVA)’s transformation plan include modernizing its Information Technology (IT), commercial, operational and financial platforms and renewing the fleet by acquiring 90 new airplanes.
During the joining ceremony, (SVA) unveiled two airplanes painted in the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance livery - - SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS - - "SVA-2012-05 - SKYTEAM AIRPLANES." The airplanes include a 777-200 deployed on routes to Dubai, London, New York and Guangzhou; and an A320 used primarily on routes to Europe and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Saudia (SVA) has made public statements that it is currently evaluating an order for 35 to 50 additional airplanes, possibly A320 neos, that it mainly wants to keep up with growing demand for domestic air travel in Saudi-Arabia.
June 2012: Saudia (SVA) is evaluating the 777-200F and 747-8F to replace its four MD-11F freighters and some of the various other freighters wet-leased from Air Atlanta Icelandic (AID), Evergreen International Airlines (EVR), Southern Air (SOF), ULS Airlines Cargo ((BRN), (IATA) Code: GO, based at Istanbul Atatürk/Yesilköy International airport (IST)) and Veteran Avia ((VTN), (ICAO) Code: VTF, based at Yerevan Zvartnots airport (EVN)).
July 2012: A320-214 (5223, HZ-ASG), ex-(F-WWBM), delivery.
September 2012: (PIA) - Pakistan International Airlines has signed a wet-lease agreement with Saudia (SVA) for the upcoming Hajj charter season with the two Saudia 747-300s (23262, HZ-AIK) and (23264, HZ-AIM) expected to complement (PIA) airplanes on Hajj pilgrimage charters from Pakistan to Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED) and Madinah Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz (MED).
Pullmantur Air (PLL) has wet-leased 747-400 (26346, EC-KXN) to Saudia (SVA) for this year's Hajj pilgrimage charter season starting in several days. (PLL) is no stranger to Hajj operations and has previously operated on behalf of Garuda Indonesia (GIA).
The "Arab News" states Saudia (SVA) expects to carry 800,000 pilgrims to Saudi Arabia this year.
November 2012: Saudia (SVA) expanded its network this month with two services, one short-haul and one long-haul. On 1 November, (SVA), which has recently returned to its historic name, commenced services on the 1,600 km route from Medina (MED) to Dubai (DXB), where its thrice-weekly, A320-operated service faces competition from the 11 weekly frequencies offered by Emirates (EAD). On 3 November, Saudia (SVA) grew its presence in Mainland China, where it previously served Guangzhou (CAN), with thrice-weekly flights from Riyadh. Now, (SVA) added a second route to the Pearl River Delta city from Jeddah (JED), which it offers weekly with 777-200s.
January 2013: Saudia (SVA) will launch flights to Toronto and Los Angeles in the third quarter of 2013 and the second quarter of 2014, respectively.
The Saudi flag carrier says it will deploy the four 777-300ERs that it is due to receive by the end of 2013 (part of a 20-airplane order) on the Los Angeles route. Its North American expansion plans will also see capacity increases on its 14 weekly services to Washington and New York, which will be operated with larger airplanes from April 2013.
Saudia (SVA) has plans to launch 11 weekly flights to Paris with a 777-200, including four from Riyadh and seven from Jeddah.
It will further operate 14 flights to Geneva in summer 2013, comprising seven weekly flights each from Riyadh and Jeddah.
Situated in the center of the Arabian Peninsula, Riyadh King Khalid International Airport serves the capital of Saudi Arabia, the urban center of a region with a population of almost seven million. Inaugurated for operations in 1982, the airport has four terminals as well as one of the world’s highest Air Traffic Control (ATC) towers. Four new routes were launched in Riyadh in the first week of 2013.
The last decade has seen commercial passenger traffic grow by +64.5% at Riyadh, a figure that corresponds with the trends in the region, and in 2011 (which is the last year, for which full traffic data is available from (GACA)) 14.8 million passengers travelled through the airport.
While the split between domestic and international segments is almost even, the latter has shown far more dynamic growth. Taking 2002 as base year, a +33.2% increase was noted in 2011 for domestic traffic, whereby the figure exceeds >115% for international. However, examination of year to year figures shows more moderate a difference (respectively, 8% and 11%).
While a total of 25 international destinations from Riyadh are served with at least daily frequencies, 15 of those offer twice-daily or more departures. Selection of the 12 top international routes from the Saudi capital in terms of frequency includes almost exclusively regional routes with the notable exception of Delhi and Mumbai in India, and Istanbul in Turkey. Dubai is three times as big as the next busiest destination, which is Cairo. Located less than <800 km to the east of the Saudi capital, Dubai is the busiest destination from Riyadh in terms of frequencies – Saudia (SVA), Nas Air (NAS), flydubai (FDB) and Emirates (EAD) provide a combined 109 weekly departures.
Saudia (SVA) is the largest airline operating in Riyadh, and in January 2013, it will provide around 60% the airport’s total capacity. According to the half year figures published earlier in 2012, (SVA) grew almost +20% network-wide year to year, carrying more than >12 million passengers between January and June last year. In Riyadh, Saudia (SVA) operates a network of 66 destinations, of which about a third are short domestic routings of up to 1,000 km.
The only other airline to fly domestically from Riyadh is Nas Air (NAS), Saudi Arabia’s own low-cost carrier (LCC), which offers services to five destinations across Saudi Arabia, including 43 weekly frequencies on the country’s busiest air route from Riyadh to Jeddah (on which Saudia (SVA) offers 135 weekly departures). Having grown its weekly seat offering by 54% compared to the same month a year before, Nas Air (NAS) provided 12% of Riyadh’s domestic capacity in January 2013.
The first week of 2013 saw the arrival of the third Indian carrier (the first being Air India (AIN)) to Riyadh with the launch of SpiceJet (ROJ)’s daily service from Delhi, but also brought about three new routes from Shaheen Air (SHN).
Saudia ((IATA) Code: SV, based at Jeddah King Abdul Aziz (JED)) plans to take delivery of two 747-8F airplanes later this year that will join its fast growing cargo division Saudia Cargo. Saudia currently only operates 1 747-200F and 4 MD-11F freighters itself but an A310-300F from (ULS) Airlines Cargo ((IATA) Code: GO, based at Istanbul Atatürk/Yesilköy International (IST)) (BRN), 4 747-200F from Air Atlanta Icelandic ((IATA) Code: CC, based at Reykjavik Keflavik (KEF)) (AID) and Veteran Avia ((ICAO) Code: VTF, based at Yerevan Zvartnots (EVN)) as well as four 747-400F from Air Atlanta (AID). For its passenger charter operations, Saudia has now again wet-leased both A340-300s (273, 9M-XAB) and (278, 9M-XAC) from AirAsia X ((IATA) Code: D7, based at Kuala Lumpur International (KUL)).
April 2013: OnAir is expanding the in-flight connectivity program for Saudia (SVA) to include commercial flights between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and most of (SVA)'s worldwide destinations.
Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir will be featured on (SVA)'s new A330 airplanes scheduled for delivery throughout 2013 and into 2014. Those services, along with OnAir's (GSM) and Wi-Fi services will be added to (SVA)'s 20 777-300ERs.
(SVA)'s airplanes will use Inmarsat's SwiftBroadband satellite network.
OnAir reports that the decision to expand coverage for (SVA)'s fleet was partially influenced by comments from the airline's passengers received via social media networks noting the convenience of being connected in the air.
The Saudi Airlines Cargo Company (Saudia Cargo) has received its 1st 747-87UF, which will begin commercial operations in May.
A 2nd 747-87UF will join Saudia Cargo’s fleet in mid-June. Both airplanes will be deployed on services between Asia and Europe increasing capacity on these routes. “We are extremely excited to be taking delivery of our 1st 2 747-87UFs. Not only is this one of the best airplanes in the world in terms of air freight performance, it can also accommodate 15 tonnes more than the 747-400 currently in use,” Saudia Cargo VP Operations Mohammed Linjawi said.
The 2 new airplanes, which can handle 4 additional main-deck pallets and 3 additional lower-hold pallets, take Saudia Cargo to a total of 15 freighters. The cargo arm also has access to belly-capacity on sister carrier Saudia (SVA)’s 145 passenger airplanes.
May 2013: The USA and Saudi Arabia have signed an "open skies" accord, according to the USA State Department. The agreement, “following a transition period, [will] permit unrestricted air service by the airlines of both countries between and beyond the other’s territory, eliminating restrictions on how often the carriers fly, the kind of airplanes they use and the prices they charge,” the State Department said. “This agreement will allow for the strengthening and expansion of our strong trade and tourism links with Saudi Arabia, benefitting USA and Saudi Arabian businesses and travelers.”
Saudia (SVA) added Al-Ahsa/Hofuf (HOF), located in the east of the country, as the 27th domestic destination it offers from its base in Riyadh (RUH). Beginning on May 4, (SVA) offered 2x-weekly departures on the route in addition to the existing 3x-weekly schedule it offers from Jeddah. Embraer E170s are deployed to operate the 300 km route.
June 2013: Saudia (SVA) is to expand its cargo capacity with the acquisition of 2 747-400Fs. (SVA)’s cargo division will use the 2 new airplanes to increase its charter fleet.
It currently uses an existing 747F freighter in this role, with other dedicated freighters (MD-11s and 747s of varying models) operating scheduled cargo services to 27 destinations from 3 hubs within Saudi Arabia.
The airplanes “will offer our clients more capacity in the ad hoc charter market,” Saudia (SVA) Cargo VP Commercial Steven Scholten said.
1 747-87UF (53756, HZ-AI5), delivery and 747-481F (25641, TC-ACG), My Cargo (ACC) leased.
July 2013: Saudia (SVA) will start operating direct flights from Saudi Arabia to Madrid on October 29th. At present, (SVA) operates 4x-weekly flights that link Saudia Arabia with Madrid via Milan. From October 29th, the frequency will reduce from 4x- to 3x-weekly, but there will be no stopover at Milan.
On the new route between Saudi capital Riyadh and Madrid, Saudia (SVA) will make a stopover at another Saudi city, Jeddah and will deploy A320s on the route. Schedules show (SVA) to be the route's sole operator.
747-4H6F (27044, TF-AML), ex-(N401SA) and A330-223 (343, TF-EAA), ex-(N772RD), Air Atlanta (AID) wet-leased.
August 2013: According to FAPA.aero, Saudia (SVA) is currently accepting Captains (FC) for its 777, A320 and E170 airplane fleets.
September 2013: Saudia (SVA) will provide Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services on its 777-300ER airplanes on flights between the Kingdom of Saudia Arabia, the UK and the USA.
Saudia Cargo adds 1 flight to Guangzhou to Brussels to 3x-weekly; 1 to Dhaka to Brussels for 5x-weekly service; 2 on Nairobi to Amsterdam for daily service. Saudia Cargo will begin 3x-weekly, Toronto service this winter with 777-300s. Paris 11x-weekly will be upgraded to A330 and 777 service. Casablanca service will increase 5x- to 7x-weekly and Jakarta from 7x- to 9x-weekly with 777-300s. Services to Johannesburg will increase from 2x- to 3x-weekly.
October 2013: Saudia (SVA) has launched its 1st ever flights to Canada, with the introduction of flights from Riyadh (RUH) to Toronto Pearson (YYZ), operating via Jeddah (JED). The 3x-weekly service (Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays) will be flown with (SVA)’s 777-200ERs, which are needed as the route (from Jeddah) is almost 10,500 km long. This makes it longer than (SVA)’s service to New York (10,260 km), but still just short of (SVA)’s longest route to Washington Dulles, which clocks in at 10,630 km.
Saudia (SVA) Cargo and AV Cargo Airlines (AVB) signed an interline agreement for service through Saudi’s cargo hub in Lagos to Bamako, Freetown, Pointe-Noire, and Ouagadougou. (SVA) will fly 747Fs and AV Cargo (AVB) will fly McDonnell Douglas MD-11Fs.
747-481F (25645, TC-ACF), MyCargo (ACC) leased in "Saudia Cargo" colors, ex-(N596MS), 777-368ER (41056, HZ-AK19), (A330-343E (HS-AQI), ex-(F-WWYG), deliveries.
January 2014: Saudia (SVA), the national carrier of the Gulf kingdom, lost more than >-US$530 million in its last financial year, a lawmaker in the country claimed.
(SVA) is currently owned by the Saudi government but is in the process of being privatized. It usually does not issue any statements outlining its financial position.
During a session in the legislative Shoura Council discussing the airline's reliance on foreign pilots (FC), council member, Said Mariq said that Saudi's annual revenues of 19 billion riyal/US$5.1 billion were outweighed by yearly costs of 21 riyal billion.
(SVA) carried about 25 million passengers in 2013, an increase of +1 million compared to the prior year, with the majority of the passengers travelling on domestic flights.
The Saudi government announced in 2000 it would privatize the airline, unit by unit. So far, units including catering, cargo, ground services and aerospace engineering have gone through the privatization process. More units are set to be sold off later this year, while (SVA)'s fleet is being modernized in preparation for privatization, with the process not expected to begin until next year.
Saudi Arabia's domestic aviation sector is currently one of the most underserved in the region, with just Saudia (SVA) and budget carrier flyNas (NAZ) operating. This year, they will be joined by Qatar Airways (QTA)-backed Al Maha Airways and Saudi Gulf Airlines, which this year won licences to operate domestic services.
The country is in the process of expanding and upgrading a number of its airports in order to accommodate the new carriers.
Saudia ((IATA) Code: SV, based at Jeddah) (SVA) has earmarked four subsidiaries for privatization during the course of this year. The move is meant to boost the airline's revenue stream. In an interview with "Arab News," Abdullah Al-Ajhar, the Saudi national carrier's VP Public Relations (PR), said the units listed include the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy, Saudia Private Aviation (SVA, Jeddah), Medical Services, which include a 400-bed hospital, and Saudi Airlines Real Estate Development Company. “This year will witness the privatization of about 70% to 80% of our strategic units,” he said. (SVA) has already privatized five other units including Catering, Saudia Cargo, Ground services and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries. Mr Al-Ajhar also noted that Saudia (SVA) would acquire an additional 35 new airplanes to beef up services in the domestic sector. “We are still in the planning stage. We have yet to determine the model and size of the new airplanes,” he said.
Saudia (SVA) begins 3x-weekly, Jeddah - London Manchester service from April.
ACCDT: A rented Saudia Boeing 767 made an emergency landing at Madinah Airport in the early hours of January 5th after apparently experiencing a landing gear fault.
Saudia (SVA) confirmed the accident in a statement, saying the 767 was operating as flight 4841 from the Iranian city of Mashhad to the Saudi city of Madinah and was carrying 299 passengers and 16 crew.
“The accident occurred due to a technical fault of the airplane’s landing gear. This situation forced the pilot (FC) to conduct an emergency landing.”
Saudia (SVA) said 29 passengers suffered injuries during the landing; 17 of them having minor injuries and were treated at the airport while 12 others were taken to hospital.
Saudia Cargo will add belly capacity through Saudia (SVA) on 3x-weekly Los Angeles (777-300) and Manchester (777-200) service on April 1.
February 2014: Saudia (SVA) A330-343 (1513, HZ-AQL), ex-(F-WWKP), in SkyTeam (STM) Alliance colors delivery - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-A330-343-2014-02."
April 2014: Saudia (SVA) began 3x-weekly, Jeddah - Manchester service.
Saudia Cargo has upgraded its 3x-weekly Shanghai flights to Boeing 747-8F freighter service.
OnAir and Thales (THL) TopConnect has connected Saudia (SVA)’s Boeing 787s with Wi-Fi Internet and mobile phone services over Inmarsat SwiftBroadband.
AG Air ((ICAO) Code: AGA, based at Tbilisi, Georgia) has wet-leased its sole 747-329F (24837, 4L-ACE), to Saudia Cargo, the freight division of Saudi Arabian national carrier, Saudia ((IATA) Code: SV, based at Jeddah) (SVA).
Saudia Cargo also operates a wet-leased Veteran Avia ((ICAO) Code: VTF, based at Yerevan) (VTN) 747-281BSF (24399, EK-74799) in addition to nine 747-400Fs, two 747-8Fs and four MD-11Fs on an extensive global network, spanning Asia, Africa, Europe, and the USA, as well as twenty-six domestic destinations.
Saudia (SVA) may not accept delivery of eight 787-9s next year should Boeing (TBC) fail to guarantee 787's safety following its Lithium ion battery debacle last year. "Arabian Business" writes that (SVA)'s Acting Director General, Abdul Aziz Al Hazmi, said he would seek further assurances from Boeing (TBC) that the issues had since been resolved.
“We have been following the problem related to the 787 Dreamliner’s battery system. We’ll not receive the plane from Boeing (TBC) unless an official assurance is given that the problem has been solved,” Al Hazmi told the Saudi daily "Asharq Al Awsat." “According to our information, Boeing (TBC)has found a solution to the overheating of the airplane’s lithium-ion batteries. They have to do it because many international airlines are using this airplane.”
May 2014: Saudia Cargo will begin weekly, Doha - Amsterdam and – Frankfurt Boeing 747F services on June 1. Saudia Cargo will recommence Boeing 747F weekly Riyadh - Houston service on June 15.
October 2014: News Item A-1: Saudia ((IATA) Code: SV, based at Jeddah) (SVA) Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Muhammad Albakri, says the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of (SVA)'s ground-handling unit, the Saudi Ground Services Company, will occur in the next few weeks with hopes the sale of a 30% stake in the firm will raise SAR2 billion/USD533.148 million).
Speaking to "Bloomberg news," Albakri said (IPO)s for Saudia Cargo and Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) division, Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) would follow in 2015 and 2017, respectively. (SVA) is looking to offload 30% stakes of both for “at least” double the value of the Saudi Ground Services Company. In all, (SVA) hopes to raise SAR10 billion/USD2.7 billion from the sales.
The first of the units to be sold publicly, Saudi Airlines Catering Company, raised USD347 million with an (IPO) of 30% of its shares in 2012.
Other units listed for privatization include the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy, Saudia Private Aviation ((ICAO) Code: SVA, based at Jeddah), Medical Services (which includes a 400-bed hospital), and the Saudi Airlines Real Estate Development Company.
News Item A-2: Saudia (SVA) is set to commence its first scheduled international services out of Gassim later next year. Schedule data shows (SVA) will connect the central Saudi Arabian town with Dubai International with a 6x weekly service beginning January 1, 2015. Operations are on-board either A320 or EMB-170 equipment.
Though Air Arabia ((IATA) Code: G9, Sharjah) (ABZ), AlMasria Universal Airlines ((IATA) Code: UJ, based at Alexandria El Nohza) (ALU), flydubai ((IATA) Code: FZ, based at Dubai International) (FDB), Nesma Airlines ((IATA) Code: NE, based at Cairo International) (NSM), Nile Air ((IATA) Code:NP, based at Cairo International) (NLA), Qatar Airways ((IATA) Code: QR, based at Doha Hamad International) (QTA), and Turkish Airlines ((IATA) Code: TK, based at Istanbul Atatürk) (THY) all offer international connections to the airport, Saudia (SVA) has kept its services entirely domestic, offering flights to Dammam, Jeddah, Madinah, and Riyadh.
News Item A-3: (SVA) currently operates 160 airplanes, serves 45 countries to 95 destinations on 274 routes and 578 daily flights.
January 2015: 777-386ER (42263, HZ-AK25), delivery.
February 2015: News Item A-1: Saudia (SVA) has become the 1st airline to develop and provide passengers with a dedicated mobile phone application for free inflight Wi-Fi. Passengers simply scan their ticket’s bar code for free Wi-Fi access. All of (SVA)’s 1st (F) and business (C) passengers flying its Airbus A330s and Boeing 777-300s on international routes, receive a promotional code when they scan their boarding passes via the mobile app. They then use the code to access their free Wi-Fi on the OnAir portal.
News Item A-2: 777F (HZ-AK71) delivery.
March 2015: News Item A-1: Saudia (SVA) has added its 22nd domestic destination to its Jeddah (JED) hub, a sum of domestic routes only beaten by its offer from the capital Riyadh, from where it operates to 24 Saudi cities. Started on February 26th, the 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Saturdays) operation to Al Ula (ULH) is flown by (SVA)’s 66-seat E170s. No other airline currently flies on the 546 km sector.
Saudia (SVA) will start Tabuk - Cairo, 3x-weekly flights starting April 15.
April 2015: Saudia (SVA) is the 3rd largest operator in the Middle East in times of fleet size.
(SVA) is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. In 2015, (SVA) is projected to operate 154 airplanes. The fleet consists of Airbus (EDS), Boeing (TBC), and Embraer (EMB) airplanes.
June 2015: Airbus (EDS) announced that Saudia (SVA) was its launch customer for the A330-300 Regional with a firm order for 20 of the aircraft - - see attached - - "SVA-A330-300 Regional Order - 2015-06."
747-428ERF (32866, TC-ACR), ex-(F-GIUA), MyCargo wet-leased.
July 2015: News Item A-1: Saudia Cargo begins 2x-weekly, Boeing 747-400F Shanghai - Delhi freighter services.
News Item A-2: Dubai-based lessor, International AirFinance Corporation (IAFC) has ordered Rolls-Royce (RRC) (Trent 700) engines for 20 Airbus A330-300 Regional aircraft to be leased to Saudia (SVA) in a deal worth $930 million.
The aircraft are part of an agreement signed in June between Saudia (SVA) and (IAFC) for the 20 A330 aircraft and 30 Airbus A320-200s. (SVA) already operates 12 (Trent 700)-powered A330s and will become the launch operator of the A330-300 Regional.
(SVA) has also signed a $1.3 billion long-term engine-service support deal with Rolls-Royce (RRC) for maintenance and servicing for the 20 new aircraft.
August 2015: "Saudia (SVA) Outlines Initial Hajj Charter Leases" by ch-aviation.com, 2015-08.
Saudia ((IATA) Code: SV, based at Jeddah) (SVA) has wet-leased an A330-200 (625, TC-OCI) from Turkey's Onur Air ((IATA) Code: 8Q, based at Istanbul Atatürk) (ONR) to cover its current Hajj charter requirements.
It is (SVA)'s 2nd of the type in service joining another A330-200 (343, TF-EAA) on lease from Air Atlanta Icelandic ((IATA) Code: CC, based at Reykjavik Keflavik) (AID).
September 2015: Saudia Airlines Cargo began weekly, Jeddah - New York (JFK) service on September 4.
November 2015: News Item A-1: "Middle East Region’s Biggest Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Base Due to open in 2016" by (ATW) Alan Dron, November 10, 2015.
What was described as the Middle East’s largest (MRO) facility should be open for business by the end of 2016, Saudi Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) (SAU) stated at the Dubai Air Show.
The huge facility (some 900,000 sq m in size) is already around 60% complete, on a site northeast of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport.
It will include 4 narrow body and four wide body hangars capable of conducting "D" checks, plus 1 paint hangar and another for wide body line maintenance.
An engine shop will be capable of handling General Electric (GE) (GE90)-size powerplants, and there will be 24 shops for aircraft component maintenance.
“It’s unfair to call it a launch, more like an unveiling,” (SAEI) (SAU) Managing Director, Nader Khalawi said.
Construction work has been ongoing for two years, but the project had not been widely publicized. “It was announced quietly before,” said (SAEI) (SAU)’s Director Technical Sales & Marketing, Abdulmohsen Aynousah. “We didn’t want to talk about it, until we could see it was happening.”
The infrastructure is now complete and the buildings are rapidly appearing.
The new facility will handle both civil and military work, and will cost around SR3.5 billion/$930 million.
It is a major advance for (SAEI) (SAU), which currently has a 2-bay hangar and several plants scattered around Jeddah. These will all be combined at the new site. “We have developed a lot of capability over the years,” Khalawi said. “Our problem was capacity.”
He added, “We believe there’s a lot of business in both the civil and military fields. The military in Saudi Arabia is, as you know, quite extensive, and we believe there’s a big opportunity there. We’re working with major Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM)s such as Boeing (TBC), Lockheed Martin and General Electric (GEC) to develop both civil and military capability.”
(SAEI) (SAU) has SR5.3 billion/$1.4 billion per year under contract and Saudia (SVA) is its major customer; (SAEI) (SAU) was previously the Engineering arm of Saudia (SVA), the Saudi national carrier, but was spun off a couple of years ago and privatized, with 30% of its shares now held privately.
News Item A-2: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) and Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) (SAU), the maintenance arm of Saudia (SVA), have agreed to a strategic partnership. (DLH) (LTK) will support (SAEI) with Aircraft Component Maintenance for Saudia (SVA)’s Airbus A320s and A330s and assist (SAEI) to develop Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) capabilities for Airbus (EDS) and Boeing (TBC) airplanes in Jeddah. (DLH) (LTK) will also use (SAEI) as a subcontractor for parts for which (SAEI) already has capabilities. (SAEI) has announced the launch of the largest (MRO) facility in the Middle East.
Separately, Lufthansa Technic (DLH) (LTK) and Air Arabia (ABZ) signed a 3-year contract for radome maintenance on A320s. Lufthansa Technic (DLH) (LTK) will also support (ABZ) with spares. And (DLH) (LTK) is now prepared for technical services on the A350XWB. A dedicated entry-into-service (EIS) team is preparing phase-in of Lufthansa (DLH)’s A350XWB, planned to arrive in November 2016.
777-368 (42267, HZ-AK29), and 2 777-FFGs (60339, HZ-AK73; 60340, HZ-AK74) deliveries.
December 2015: Saudi Arabian Engineering Company (SAEI) (SAU) has proven its capability for overhauling the (GTCP-331-500) (APU) produced by Honeywell (SGC). The Jeddah-based (MRO) overhauled and returned the (APU) to service with an unnamed airline.
1 A319-111 (1598, D-ASPA), ex-(N990TA), (CIT) Aerospace (TCI) leased, ferried to Manchester for painting into Saudia (SVA) colors.
January 2016: Saudi Arabia announced January 5 it is ceasing all air services with Iran due to increasing tension between Riyadh and Tehran following Saudi Arabia’s execution of a Shia Moslem cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.
Saudi Arabia is the homeland of Sunni Islam, while Iran is the champion of the Shia branch of the religion. The 2 nations have long been rivals and have taken opposing sides in the current strife in Syria and Yemen.
Rioters set ablaze the Saudi embassy in Tehran following news of the cleric’s execution, which led Riyadh to break diplomatic relations with Tehran late January 4.
Following the rupture, Saudi Arabia’s aviation regulator announced all services between the 2 nations would cease: “Based on the kingdom’s announcement of the severing of diplomatic relations with Iran, the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) is halting all flights from and to Iran,” (GACA) tweeted.
Despite their size and proximity, air services between the 2 largest nations in the Gulf are scant. Saudi Arabian flag carrier Saudia (SVA) operates just a single service between Dammam and Mashhad. Dammam, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, has a large Shia population. Mashhad is a place of pilgrimage for many Shia adherents.
Saudi Arabia’s 2nd carrier, flynas, does not operate to Iran.
For its part, Iran Air (IRN)’s route map lists only Dammam and Jeddah as destinations within Saudi Arabia.
Another Middle Eastern carrier may be on the verge of cutting its links to Iran in the light of the dispute, with a decision expected within 24 hours.
February 2016: Saudi Arabia's national airline, Saudia (SVA), took delivery of 2 Boeing 787-9s and a 777-368ER. A 3rd 787 Dreamliner will be delivered to Saudia within the next week. The airline ordered 8 787-9s in 2010.
777-368ER (1322-42266, HZ-AK28) has applied a special livery "Homeland Glory" which features various landmarks from Saudi Arabia along its fuselage.
April 2016: News Item A-1: "Saudia to Launch New Low-cost Carrier in Mid-2017" by (ATW) Alan Dron, April 18, 2016.
Saudia (SVA), has announced a new low-cost (LCC) subsidiary to be known as "Flyadeal."
Announcing the development at an April 17 event, Saudia (SVA) Director General, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said the new subsidiary will have its own management structure, would be operational in mid-2017, and would “add substantially to [Saudia’s] potential.”
No details were given of the number or type of aircraft to be used by the new carrier, but a video played at the announcement showed a rendering of a sharklet-equipped Airbus A320 in the new carrier’s purple and lime green livery.
The announcement of Flyadeal comes against the backdrop of the long-awaited liberalization of the Saudi domestic market. Until now, there have been just 2 Saudi Arabian-based carriers in the domestic marketplace, Saudia (SVA) and hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ). (SVA) has roughly 90% of the market.
Under the planned liberalization, 2 new carriers, Saudi-based SaudiGulf Airlines and Qatar Airways (QTA)’ offshoot, Al Maha Airways have been chosen by Saudi aviation regulator (GACA) to add competition, but both new contenders have been stymied by long delays in gaining an air operators certificate (AOC).
“We’ve known for a long time that [Saudia (SVA)] were planning a (LCC),” a senior airline executive in the region said.
He was cautious about the new entrant’s chances of success: “It’s a complete change of business model for them. This generally doesn’t work when the parent company is a full-service carrier.”
At last year’s Paris Air Show, (SVA) placed an order for 20 A320ceos and became the launch customer for the high-density A330-300 Regional, for which it also placed an order, via lessor (IAFC), for 20. The latter type would fit well into densely-traveled trunk routes within Saudi Arabia, such as Jeddah - Riyadh.
“Our understanding is that the aircraft order they announced at the Paris Air Show are going to be given to the new company,” said the executive.
All-economy (Y) seating on the 2 aircraft would give slightly north of 200 passengers in the A320s and up to 400 in the A330s.
News Item A-2: "New Saudi Arabian Carriers, SaudiGulf Airlines & Al Maha Airways."
Saudi Arabia domestic newcomers: — Al Maha Airways and SaudiGulf Airlines, are experiencing further launch delays into 2016 as they aim to take advantage of liberalized rules.
It had originally been anticipated that both Al Maha Airways, a subsidiary of Qatar Airways (QTA), and SaudiGulf Airlines, the 1st airline venture from the Saudi-based Al Qahtani group of companies, would begin flying by late 2014. The latest estimate given earlier this year was that SaudiGulf would be flying in November.
However, operations are now expected to start next year, according to a statement from the Saudi regulator, the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).
According to reports from Saudi Arabia, (GACA) has asked the 2 new carriers to complete safety procedures, before their air operator’s certificates (AOC)s are granted.
“The 2 airlines have bought a fleet of aircraft required for operation in the Kingdom. The 1st plane for SaudiGulf Airlines would arrive by the end of this month,” said (GACA)’s Assistant President for Safety & Transport Abdul Hakeem Al-Badr. “We expect the 2 operators to complete final procedures to get the necessary license, including safety measures,” Al-Badr told Arabic-language daily newspaper "Al-Watan."
Qatar Airways (QTA) said it would not comment on Al Maha until a final resolution is achieved and an announcement made on service startup.
The two new airlines are expected to provide competition to national carrier Saudia (SVA), which currently holds around 90% of the domestic market, and hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ).
May 2016: A319-112 (1625, D-ASPB), PrivatAir leased.
June 2016: Saudi Arabia’s aviation regulator, the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), has given up its place on the board of flag carrier Saudia (SVA), in a move aimed at transforming the regulator into an independent legislative organization.
The decision by the country’s Council of Ministers to detach (GACA) from Saudia (SVA) is designed to remove any suggestion the regulator has an excessively close link to the national airline.
Saudi Arabia Transport Minister, Suliman Alhamdan said the move “enhances the role of (GACA) to stand on an equal footing between all carriers.” He added the regulator had worked over recent years to strengthen its supervisory legislative role.
The move comes as Saudi Arabia is on the cusp of introducing greater competition in its domestic passenger market. For years this has been dominated by Saudia (SVA), which has roughly a 90% market share; hybrid carrier flynas (NAZ) takes up the remainder.
However, this month will see the handover (after a protracted period of consideration) of an air operator’s certificate (AOC) to newcomer SaudiGulf Airlines, which intends to operate a full-service network from its base at Dammam, in the east of the country, with a fleet of Airbus A320s and, later, Bombardier CS300s.
That competition will increase further, when the second newcomer, Qatar Airways (QTA) offshoot, Al Maha Airways, receives its long-awaited (AOC).
Saudia (SVA) has also recently announced its intention to establish a low-cost carrier (LCC).
Since Saudi authorities have announced their intention to liberalize the market, external carriers have notably stepped up flights into Saudi Arabia.
August 2016: 3 777-3FGER (61590, HZ-AK33; 61591, HZ-AK32; 61595, HZ-AZ31), ex-(N5513X, N5511Z, N5512A) and 3 A330-343E (1724, HZ-AQ11; 1726, HZ-AQ12; 1729, HZ-AQ13), ex-(F-WWCL, F-WWCT; F-WWKQ), International AirFinance Group leased deliveries.
September 2016: Saudia (SVA) is to be the launch customer for (KID)-Systeme’s SKYfi Club system, a wireless streaming onboard platform designed for passenger and corporate aircraft.
(SVA), the Saudi Arabian flag carrier will introduce SKYfi Club as a linefit installation on its fleet of 20 Airbus A330s and 30 A320s under the Saudia (SVA) SKYfi brand, the system’s German manufacturer said. SKYfi Club streams content to passengers’ personal electronic devices, allowing them to access entertainment options such as movies, e-books and magazines. The technology is based on the Airline Network Architecture connectivity platform, which is already flying on >650 aircraft.
The system provides a scalable and modular architecture and enables a range of additional services such as (GSM) telephony, internet and data services. “This is a groundbreaking milestone and proof of success for (KID)-Systeme,” (KID)-Systeme General Manager Peter Schetschine said. “Equipped with an advanced in-flight mediatainment system, Saudia (SVA) will underline its high technical standards and enrich passengers’ travel comfort.”
As SKYfi Club is introduced, (SVA) passengers will be able to stream content on their personal electronic devices for the 1st time.
The 1st aircraft equipped with the new system was delivered to Saudia (SVA) was an A330 in mid-August.
November 2016: Saudia (SVA) will implement (IATA)’s New Distribution Capability (NDC) in a modular approach. (SVA) has appointed TPConnects, a leading technology solutions provider, as its (NDC) distribution partner to manage the (NDC) standard platform.
January 2017: A330-343E (1766, HZ-AQ21), ex-(F-WWKD), International AirFinance Corporation leased.
February 2017: A330-343E (1774, HZ-AQ23), ex-(F-WWKE), International AirFinance Corporation leased.
March 2017: 787-9 delivery.
May 2017: Boeing (TBC) said it has agreed to negotiate a wide body airplane order with Saudi Arabian startup SaudiGulf Airlines for as many as 16 airplanes, which the airline indicated will be 777s and/or 787s.
The Dammam-based carrier started operations in October 2016 with what it described as an upscale, full-service offering that it hopes will differentiate it from other carriers in the Saudi domestic market. SaudiGulf Airlines currently operates a fleet of 4 Airbus A320ceo aircraft. It has 16 Bombardier CS300 aircraft on firm order, plus 10 options.
The news that SaudiGulf Airlines has entered into talks with Boeing (TBC) about a wide body order came in a Boeing press release detailing a number of deals, mostly military, between Boeing and Saudi Arabia that were announced in connection with USA President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
SaidiGulf Airlines currently only operates domestic flights, serving Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Abha. It has indicated it will fly internationally to Dubai, but Dubai is not listed as a destination on SaudiGulf’s website.
SaudiGulf Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Karim Makhlouf said that long-haul flights are in the airline’s mid- to long-term plan. Destinations have not yet been decided on, but SE Asia is 1 region of interest, both for normal services and religious traffic heading to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.
SaudiGulf Airlines is considering both the 777 and 787 for its future requirements, he said, with a decision to be made “within the next 2 to 3 years.” Makhlouf said SaudiGulf is also considering moving from the A320 to the larger A321 as its passenger numbers grow. “In common with most operators, once the A320 successfully reaches certain loads or thresholds, you typically grow into the next size,” he explained. Load factors on its A320s are reaching 60% LF, which is “not bad and in line with projections,” Makhlouf said.
747-4H6 (29900, TF-AAM), sub-leased from Air Atlanta Icelandic (TLS), 777-368ER (62763, HZ-AK43), ex-(5573S), 787-9 (41550, HZ-ARG), A320-214 (7666, HZ-AS57), A330-343E (1790, HZ-AQ25), ex-(F-WWCK) International Airfinance leased.
July 2017: News Item A-2: "Dubai Removed from Laptop Ban List; Doha, Saudi Airports Could Follow" by (ATW) Aaron Karp email@example.com and Kurt Hofmann firstname.lastname@example.org, July 5, 2017.
Dubai has joined Istanbul Ataturk and Abu Dhabi airports in being removed from the list of airports with large personal electronic device (PED) restrictions for USA-bound passengers, according to Emirates Airline (EAD).
“Effective immediately, laptops and electronic devices can be taken on board all (EAD) flights from Dubai to the USA,” (EAD) said.
Responding to an inquiry, a USA Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokesperson included Doha among airports (TSA) is inspecting July 5 regarding lifting the laptop ban, indicating it could also be taken off the list soon. Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia (SVA) said it expects Riyadh and Jeddah to be taken off the so-called laptop ban list on or before July 19.
The requirement that passengers bound for the USA check (rather than carry on) (PED)s larger than a smartphone has been in place at 10 airports since March. But after the USA Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced new security requirements for all USA-bound flights on June 28, it gave the airports on the laptop ban list the opportunity to be removed from the list if they complied with the new security standards.
So far, (DHS) and (TSA) have officially confirmed Abu Dhabi has been taken off the list. Istanbul Ataturk and Dubai have also been removed from the list, according to Turkish Airlines (THY) and Emirates (EAD), respectively.
A (TSA) spokesperson said, “(THY),(QTA) and (EAD) have initiated the process for lifting the personal electronics device (PED) ban by alerting (TSA) they are ready to comply with the enhanced security measures. (TSA) was scheduled to visit July 5 to verify the measures have been implemented correctly and to the full extent required.”
The spokesperson declined to elaborate when asked for further clarification about the timing of lifting the ban at the airports being inspected.
Saudia (SVA), meanwhile, said it is working in with Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) to implement the new (DHS) requirements for all USA-bound flights. On or before July 19, (SVA), the SkyTeam (STM) Alliance member expected that passengers on its flights to the USA would be permitted to take large (PED)s into aircraft cabins.
October 2017: ("CEO): Saudia Targets Religious and Pilgrim Business"
by Kurt Hofmann, (ATW) Plus, October 25, 2017.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) (SVA) wants to expand its religious and pilgrim business as the government continues to issue more visas. “Saudia’s market share of pilgrimage traffic has great potential and is a priority for years to come,” Saudia (CEO) Jaan Albrecht said in an exclusive interview in Jeddah. “33% of Saudia (SVA)’s business is labor traffic, like to India and Pakistan (the same share is religious traffic).
December 2017: The UK government has relaxed the ban on large personal electronic devices (PEDs) being carried in the cabin of aircraft operating from 2 Saudi Arabian airports. According to "Reuters," the Saudi regulator, the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) announced December 22 that passengers flying to the UK from King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh and King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, effective immediately.
March 2018: On March 31, Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Boeing Chairman and Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg and signed a memorandum of agreement to set up a $450 million joint venture in Saudi Arabia that will provide maintenance and repair support for the kingdom’s military aircraft. He also met with Amazon and Microsoft executives (including Bill Gates) and with former USA Defense Secretary Robert Gates, who lives in the state.
The crown prince (effectively the power behind the throne held by his father) purpose for the visit was to rebrand the image of the desert kingdom that’s best known for its vast oil wealth and adherence to a strict fundamentalist brand of Sunni Islam, and to discuss a diversification of its economy away from oil. He presented himself as a liberalizing modern, reforming and opening up the claustrophobic kingdom and in particular allowing more freedom to women.
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0 737-268 (JT8D-15) (297-20576, /72 HZ-AGC; 298-20577, /72 HZ-AGD; 299-20578, /72 HZ-AGE; 366-20883, /74 HZ-AGG; 467-21275, /76 HZ-AGH; 468-21276, /76 HZ-AGI), 7 GROUNDED, FOR SALE, 6 SOLD TO (CUS). (20576; 21280; 21360; 21361) SOLD TO (SVR) 2005-03. 21275; 21276; 21283; SOLD TO NORDIC AVIATION CONTRACTORS. 20578; TO (LGC) 2006-03. 14F, 88Y.
0 737-268C (JT8D-15) (294-20574, /72 HZ-AGA; 20575, /72), SOLD TO (CUS) 1999-11. TO (LGC) 2006-03. 20575; SOLD TO (AWF) 2006-06. FREIGHTER.
0 747SP-68 (529-22503, /81 38 11 HZ-AIF), RETIRED.
3 747-168B (RB211-524C2) (512-22498, /81 HZ-AIA; 517-22499, /81 HZ-AIB; 522-22500, /81 HZ-AIC; 525-22501, /81 HZ-AID; 530-22502, /81 HZ-AIE; 551-22747, /81 HZ-AIG; 557-22749, /82 HZ-AII), 22498; 22500; 22747; 22749; WFU & STORED. 18F, 372Y.
0 747-230F (CF6-50E2) (490-22363, /80 TF-ARM; 23348, TF-ARP), (AID) WET-LSD 2009-08. RETURNED & SOLD TO (VEA) 2010-06. FREIGHTER.
0 747-2U3 (22247), (PHK) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ 2005-01. RETURNED.
0 747-236B's (321-21350, G-BDXE; 328-21536, G-BDXG), (EUL) WET-LEASED 2002-12. RETURNED.
0 747-246 (JT9D-7A) (19824), EX-(JAL), (AID) WET-LEASED 1999-08. RETURNED.
1 747-268F (SCD) (RB211-524D4) (724-24359, /89 HZ-AIU). 1989-01. FREIGHTER.
1 747-281BSF (24399, EK-74799), VETERAN AVIA (VTN) WET-LEASED 2011-08 FOR SAUDIA CARGO. FREIGHTER.
1 747-306M (CF6-50E2) (587-23056, /83 HS-VAC), (PHA) WET-LEASED 2009-02. 44C, 247Y.
1 747-312 (JT9D-7R4G2) (603-23032, /84 TF-AME), (AID) WET-LEASED 2004-12. 22F, 25C, 470Y.
1 747-312 (JT9D-7R4G2) (609-23033, /85 HS-VAB; 626-23245, /85 HS-VAN), PHUKET AIR (PHA) WET-LEASED 23245 2007-12 & 23033, 2008-12. 36F, 38C, 319Y.
1 747-329F (CF6-50E) (810-24837, /90 4L-ACE), (AG) AIR, TBILISI, GEORGIA
WET-LEASED TO SAUDIA CARGO 2014-04. FREIGHTER,
2 747-341 (CF6-80C2B1) (702-24107, /88 TF-ATI; 703-24108, /88 TF-ATJ), EX-(VAR), (AID) WET-LEASED 1999-11. (AGAIN) 2006-06. 30C, 441Y.
1 747-344 (JT9D-7R4G2) (577-22970, /83 TF-ARU), (AID) WET-LEASED 2007-03. 25C, 555Y.
9 747-368B (RB211-524D4) (616-23262, /85 HZ-AIK; 652-23271, /86 HZ-AIT), 36F, 38C, 319Y.
1 747-400 (26346, EC-KXN), (PLL) WET-LEASED FOR HAJJ 2012-09.
1 747-4H6 (29900, TF-AAM), AIR ATLANTA ICELANDIC (TLS) LEASED 2017-05.
1 +1 ORDER 747-4H6F (27044, TF-AML), (AID) WET-LEASED 2013-07. EX-(N401SA). IN "SAUDIA CARGO" TITLES. FREIGHTER.
1 747-412 (PW4056) (1082-28022, /96 TF-AMV), (AID) WET-LEASED 2009-09. 12F, 50C, 313Y.
1 747-412BDSF (PW4056) (940-27066, /92 TF-AMI), (AID) WET-LEASED 2006-10. OPERATIONS BY SAUDIA CARGO. FREIGHTER.
0 747-419 (26910, EC-MDS), EX-(N342AS) TO WAMOS AIR (PLM) IN ALL WHITE WITH SAUDIA TITLES & TAIL COLORS 2015-01.
1 747-428ERF (32866, TC-ACR), EX-(F-GIUA), AIRCARGO WET-LEASED 2015-06. FREIGHTER.
1 747-441BCF (24957, TF-AMX), (AID) WET-LEASED 2010-10, EX-(ZK-SUI), OPERATIONS BY SAUDIA CARGO. FREIGHTER.
5 747-468 (CF6-80C2B5F) (1122-28339, /97 HZ-AIV; 1138-28340, /98 HZ-AIW; 1182-28341, /98 HZ-AIX; 1216-28342, /99 HZ-AIY; 1265-28343, /01 HZ-AIZ), 36F, 32C, 290Y.
1 747-48EF (CF6-80C2B1F) (1210-27603, /99 TF-AMU), (AID) WET-LEASED 2009-04. OPERATIONS BY SAUDIA CARGO. FREIGHTER.
2 747-481 (CF6-80C2B1F) (832-24920, /90 TF-AMS; 863-25135, /90 TF-AMT), (AID) WET-LEASED 2009-10. 10F, 75C, 20PY, 182Y.
2 747-481 (BDSF) (25641, TC-ACG - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-747-481BDSF - 2013-07;" 25645, TC-ACF), MY CARGO AIRLINES (ACC)/(ACT) AIRLINES SUB-LEASED 2013-06. EX-(N596MS). FREIGHTER.
1 747SP-68 (RB211-524C2) (529-22503, /81 HZ-AIF), 1981-06. 400Y.
2 747-87UF (37563, HZ-AI4; 2016-11 - SEE PHOTO; 53756, HZ-AI5, 2013-06), FREIGHTER.
1 757-2Q8 (25131, F-GTIB), (EGZ) WET-LEASED 2008-08.
1 757-23A (24292, G-OJIB), (AUA) LEASED 2010-09, EX-(G-OOOG).
1 757-256 RB211-535E4) (924-29307, /00 TC-OGS), (ABE) WET-LEASED 1981-06. 178Y.
0 767-200ER, 3 RETURNED.
23 777-268ER IGW (GE90-92B) (98-28344, /97 HZ-AKA - SEE PHOTO IN SKYTEAM (STM) ALLIANCE LIVERY "SVA-777-200 - 2015-08.jpg;" 351-28366, /01 HZ-AKW), 1 STORED 2001-10. 30F, 31C, 183Y.
3 777FFG (HZ-AK71; 60339, HZ-AK73, 2015-11; 60340, HZ-AK74, 2015-11), 2015-02. FREIGHTER.
3 777-3FGER (61590, HZ-AK33; 61591, HZ-AK32; 61595, HZ-AZ31), EX-(N5513X, N5511Z, N5512A) 2016-08.
16 +4/10 ORDERS 777-368ER (41048, HZ-AK11, 2012-01; 992-41049, HZ-AK13, 2012-02 - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-777-368ER - 2012-02;" 41050, HZ-AK12, 2012-01; 41056, HZ-AK19, 2013-10; 42263, HZ-AK25, 2015-01; 2016-02; 1322-42266, HZ-AK28 "HOMELAND GLORY, 2015-10;" 42267, HZ-AK29, 2015-11; 62763, HZ-AK43, 2017-05).
8 787-9 DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B64) (41544, HZ-ARA, 2016-01; 41550, HZ-ARG, 2017-05), 250 PAX.
1 +3 ORDERS 787-9 DREAMLINER (GEnx) 250 PAX, 12 YEAR LEASED:
0 MD-90-30 (V2528-D5) (2191-53491, /97 HZ-APA; 53501; 53502; 53503; 2263-53616, /99 HZ-APZ), 2 IN STORAGE 2001-10. ALL 29 RETIRED BY 2012-04. 18F, 103Y.
4 MD-11F (CF6-80C2D1F) (609-48773, /97 HZ-ANA; 48775; 48776; 618-48777, /97 HZ-AND), OPERATIONS BY SAUDIA CARGO. FREIGHTER.
0 L-1011-200, SOLD TO (CUS) 1999-08, ALL STORED.
0 L-1011-300 TRISTARS, GROUNDED FOR SALE.
0 L-1011-500 TRISTAR.
0 A300B4-203 (138, TC-ONT), (ONU) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ 2003-01 & 2005-01.
0 A300B4-605R (CF6-80C2A5) (584, TC-OAH) RETURNED (ONU) 2004-05. LEASED 2005-01.
1 A300B4-605R (CF6-80C2A5) (603, TC-OAZ), (ONU) LEASED 2010-04. 316Y.
0 A300B4-605R (CF6-80C2A5) (749, TC-OAB), (ONU) WET-LEASED FOR HADJ 2003-01 & 2005-01.
8 A300B4-620 (JT9D-7R4H1) (284, /83 HZ-AJA; 351, /84 HZ-AJK), 26F, 232Y.
1 A310-308F (592, TC-SGM), ULS AIRLINES (BRN) LEASED 2010-08. OPERATIONS BY SAUDI AIRLINES CARGO. FREIGHTER.
1 A319-111 (1598, D-ASPA), EX-(N990TA), (CIT) AEROSPACE (TCI) LEASED 2015-12, PAINTED IN SAUDIA (SVA) COLORS.
1 A319-112 (1625, D-ASPB), PRIVATAIR LEASED 2016-05.
1 A319-132 (V2524-A5) (2655, /05 TC-OGV), EX-(D-AVYJ), (ABE) WET-LEASED 2007-02. 144Y.
16/8 ORDERS A320-200 (CFM56-5B):
10 ORDERS A320-200 (CFM56-5B), BAHRAINI BANK GULF ONE LEASED:
8 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/3) (4015, /09 HZ-AS11; 4057, /09 HZ-AS12; 4104, /09 HZ-AS13; 4115, /09 HZ-AS14; 4122, /09 HZ-AS15; 4135, /09 HZ-AS16 4273, F-WWBY, 2010-04; 4414, HZ-AS21, 2010-08), (AVF) 8 YEAR LEASED. 136Y.
3 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/3) (4081, HZ-ASA, 2009-10; 4090, HZ-ASB, 2009-11; 4564, HZ-AS44, 2011-01; 7666, HZ-ASA57, 2017-05), 136Y.
17 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/3) (4092, /09 HZ-AS31, 2009-11 - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-A320-2009-11;" 4314, HZ-AS13, 2010-06; 4337, HZ-ASC, 2010-06; 4393, HZ-AS36, 2010-08; 4394, HZ-AS37, 2010-08; 4397, HZ-AS34, 2010-08; 4419, HZ-AS40, 2010-10; 4432, HZ-AS38, 2010-09; 4442, HZ-AS39, 2010-10; 4454, HZ-AS41, 2010-10; 4501, HZ-AS42, 2010-12; 4517, HZ-AS43, 2010-12), (GEF) LEASED. 136Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/3) (4519, HZ-AS23, 2010-12), (ALV) LEASED. 136Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/3) (5223, HZ-ASG), EX-(F-WWBM), 2012-07. 136Y.
1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (0460, /94 TC-OGK), EX-(N951LF), (ABE) WET-LEASED 2007-12. 168Y.
15 ORDERS (2010-12) A321-200 (V2523-A5) 179 PAX:
1 A321-211 (4467, HZ-ASH; 4542, HZ-ASI, 2011-01; 4577, HZ-ASJ, 2011-01), EX-(D-AVZD; D-AVZR; D-AZAG).
2 A321-211 (4838, HZ-ASL, 2011-10; 5009, HZ-ASP, 2012-02), EX-(D-AVZV & D-AZAK).
1 A321-211 (5549, HZ-ASW), EX-(D-AVZD) 2013-04.
1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (0967, TC-ETH), (ABE) WET-LEASED 2009-10. 186Y.
1 A321-231 (V2533-A5) (3126, /07 TC-JRE), EX-(D-AVZS), (THY) WET-LEASED 2007-12. 186Y.
1 A330-200 (PW168A) (625, TC-OCI), (ONR) LEASED FOR HAJJ CHARTER OPERATIONS 2015-08.
1 A330-223 (PW4168A) (343, TF-EAA), EX-(N772RD), (AID) WET-LEASED 2013-07 & 2015-08. 26C, 256Y.
2 A330-223 (PW4168A) (358, /00 TC-ETK; 364, /00 TC-ETL), (ABE) WET-LEASED 2009-06. 26C, 256Y.
20 ORDERS A330-300 REGIONAL (TRENT 772B-60):
12 A330-343 (TRENT 772B-60) (1108, HZ-AQA - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-A330-343E-2010-04;" 1127, HZ-AQB, 2010-06; 1141, HZ-AQD, 2010-08; 1147, HZ-AQE, 2010-09; 1153, HZ-AQF; 1189, HZ-AQH, 2011-01; 1192, HZ-AQG, 2011-01; 1454, HS-AQI, 2013-10; 1513, HZ-AQL*), *IN SKYTEAM (STM) ALLIANCE LIVERY - - SEE PHOTO - - "SVA-A330-343-2014-02."
6 A330-343E (1724, HZ-AQ11; 1726, HZ-AQ12; 1729, HZ-AQ13; 1766, HZ-AQ21; 1774, HZ-AQ23; 1790, HZ-AQ25, 2017-05), ex-(F-WWCL, F-WWCT; F-WWKQ; F-WWKD), INTERNATIONAL AIRFINANCE GROUP LEASED 2016-08, 2017-01, 2017-03, & 2017-05.
1 A340-313 (CFM56-5C4) (273, /99 9M-XAB "XCALIBUR" 2009-02; 278, /99 9M-XAC "XCELLENCE" 2009-06 OAKLAND RAIDERS COLORS - - SEE PHOTOS - - "ASX-A340-313X-2009-07-A/B/C"), (ACN) LSD. 273; 278; (ASX) WET-LEASED TO (ALG) & (SVA) 2012-08. 18C, 309Y.
1 DHC-6 TWIN OTTER.
2 CESSNA CITATION II.
4 HAWKER RAYTHEON 400XP (JT15D-5) (RK-587, /09 HZ-SPAA; RK-588, /09 HZ-SPAB; RK-589, /09 HZ-SPAC; RK-591, /09 HZ-SPAD), EXECUTIVE.
17 EMBRAER E170-100LR (CF34-8E5A1) (00012, /05; 00108, /05 HZ-AEA; 00114, /05 HZ-AEB; 00118, /06 HZ-AEE; 00119, /06 HZ-AED; 00121, /06 HZ-AEF; 00123, /06 HZ-AEF; 00124, /06 HZ-AEG; 00135, /06 HZ-AEH; 00142, /06 HZ-AEI; 00145, /06 HZ-AEJ; 00149, /06 HZ-AEK; 00152, /06 HZ-AEL; 00155, /06 HZ-EAM; 00158, /06 HZ-AEN; 00161, /07 HZ-AEO), 6F, 60Y.
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HRH PRINCE SULTAN BIN ABDUL AZIZ, CHAIRMAN.
ABDUL AZIZ AL HAZMI, ACTING DIRECTOR GENERAL.
MOHAMMED AL THAGAFI, CORPORATE SECRETARY GENERAL.
MUHAMMAD ALBAKRI, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
ABDULAZIZ AL-HAZMI, EXECUTIVE VP MARKETING.
ADNAN DABBAGH, EXECUTIVE VP OPERATIONS.
March 2009: With well over 40 years experience in the airline industry, Mr Adnan Dabbagh has climbed the management ladder all the way to Executive Vice President of Operations for the prestigious Saudia Arabian Flag Carrier, Saudia Airlines (SVA).
His great achievements at (SVA) included:
• Masterminding the (SVA) team to negotiate the “deal of the century”, whereby 61 new airplanes comprising 747s, MD11s, 777s and MD-90s, were bought, accepted, integrated and replaced the old (SVA) fleet.
• Being instrumental and playing a major role in establishing four successful business offset companies of which (SVA) was a major shareholder:
• AEC (Advanced Electronics Company) where he was also Chairman.
• Al Salam Aircraft Company where he was also Chairman.
• MEPC (Middle East Propulsion Center).
• AACC (Aircraft Accessories and Component Company).
• Heading the Operation and Maintenance program for the Royal and VIP fleets.
• Heading the complete process for purchasing and integrating a new Airbus fleet and the respective full in-house maintenance, engineering and overhaul capabilities program for this new fleet.
• Decreasing reliance and dependence on external expertise, by personally supervising and implementing a complete manning and manpower development program in the Technical Services Division leading to (FAA) certification. This legacy has left (SVA) as a stand-alone (FAA) repair station, currently repairing over >90% of its large fleet components within the in-house capability repair program.
Mr Adnan Dabbagh is currently assisting with the formation of a new carrier, Alwafeer Air (ALR) - - see (http://www.alwafeerair.com).
CAPTAIN TALAL AGEEL, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS (JEDGWSV).
MOHAMMED EID, VP ROYAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
FAHAD AL JARBOA, VP MARKETING & PRODUCTS.
CAPTAIN IBRAHIM KAMAL, GENERAL MANAGER, FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
AHMED JAZZAR, VP TECHNICAL SERVICES (JEDGTSV),
ABDULRAHMAN ALTAYEB, VP MAINTENANCE.
MOHAMMED LINJAWI, VP OPERATIONS SAUDI CARGO.
HATIM ZAREA, VP CARGO SALES & SERVICES.
MOAFAQ JELAIDAN, VP INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
YOUSUF ATTIAH, VP CUSTOMER SERVICE.
MOHAMMED ABDUL AAL, VP FINANCE.
HATIM ABUL JADAYEL, VP HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
OMER JIFFRY, VP MARKETING PLANNING.
ABDUL HAMEED AL JARDALI, VP PASSENGER SALES & SERVICES.
STEVEN SCHOLTEN, VP COMMERCIAL.
ABDULLAH AL-AJHAR, VP PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR).
AMIN AL SHOURA, GENERAL MANAGER AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING.
ZAMIL SABBAHI, GENERAL MANAGER AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING (1999-12),
SULTAN AL-SABIYEE, GENERAL MANAGER SYSTEM MAINTENANCE.
JEZZA M AL-DHAHAS, GENERAL MANAGER MAINTENANCE PLANNING & CONTROL.
MOHAMED BAJABA, GENERAL MANAGER MAINTENANCE PLAN & CONTROL.
NADIR AL-KHALAWI, GENERAL MANAGER MAJOR BASE MAINTENANCE.
ALI MILAAT, GENERAL MANAGER TECHNICAL QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).
ABDULAZIZ TUKHTA, GENERAL MANAGER INSPECTION (2001-09).
MOHAMMED HOWSAWI, CHIEF FLIGHT DISPATCH.
MOHAMMED MUSTAPHA, SENIOR MANAGER SYSTEM MAINTENANCE (2002-01).
IBRAHIM BUSHNAG, MANAGER TECHNICAL CONTRACTS (2002-01).
OSAMA DOUBI, AREA MANAGER MAINTENANCE SERVICES (RUHMGSV).