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Saudia unveils plan for low-cost carrier

Saudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia is to establish a new airline division for low-cost air transport in the kingdom. The plan has been disclosed by the airline’s director general, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, during a ceremony in Jeddah which featured an Airbus A320neo test aircraft as a backdrop. Al-Jasser says the airline, branded Flyadeal, will begin operating in mid-2017....

Saudi Arabia’s Nesma Airlines becomes new ATR operator

Nesma Airlines  took delivery of their two first ATR 72-600s. These aircraft will operate in Saudi Arabia, where the airline is developing regional connectivity with the support of the national government. The two aircraft delivered today at the ATR manufacturing facilities in France are leased from Dubai Aerospace Entreprise (DAE) Ltd. On the occasion of the delivery,...

Boeing to strengthen competencies in Saudi aviation sector

  American aerospace giant Boeing has pledged to develop infrastructure and strengthen competencies in the aviation sector of the Kingdom.  “It is working closely with several government and private sector agencies in the Middle East, especially in the Kingdom at the moment,” said Charlie Miller, Boeing’s vice president for International Corporate Communications...

Saudi Arabian Airlines Captain Dies Midflight, Co-Pilot Lands Plane

In a terrifying incident Wednesday, a Saudi Arabian Airlines pilot died in the cockpit midflight after suffering a massive heart attack. According to Siobhan McFadyen of The Mirror, around 220 people were on Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight SV 1734 when the captain of the plane, Waleed bin Mohammed Al-Mohammed, suffered a heart attack and died in the cockpit. The plane was en route from Bisha D...

Saudia‘s Fleet Expansion Well Underway With 4th New Aircraft

The third Boeing 787-900 Dreamliner took off for Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, today to join the fleet of Saudia, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia. This is the fourth new aircraft delivered by Boeing to Saudia within two weeks, with the Dreamliner being the third of a total of eight ordered by the airline as part of its fleet expansion and modernization program. Saudia expects to get 29 new aircraf...

Bomb scare on Saudi Arabian Airlines flight at Madrid airport

Passengers and crew on a Saudi Arabian Airlines flight were evacuated at Madrid's Barajas International Airport today, reports Reuters. Spanish authorities made the swift decision after a note was found threatening  that a bomb was on the Riyadh bound jet before take-off.  Spain's airport operator Aena said it had later downgraded the alarm from general to local, meani...

Saudia Private Aviation set for two German A319s

Saudia Private Aviation (SVA, Jeddah) is set to take delivery of two A319-100s on wet-lease from PrivatAir (Germany) (PTG, Dusseldorf). The aircraft - D-ASPA (cn 1598) and D-ASPB (cn 1625) - are currently at Hamburg Fuhlsbüttel where they are believed to be undergoing reconfiguration into a VIP lay-out. As previously reported, SPA has partnered Saudia (SV, Jeddah) in launching a VIP Jeddah...

Saudi Arabia to privatise Jeddah, Dammam airports in 2017

Saudi Arabia’s civil aviation authority will privatise Jeddah and Dammam airports in 2017, the regulatory said on Tuesday. King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, Saudi’s busiest airport, will be privatised in the second quarter of 2017 as the kingdom seeks ways to support state finances following the sustained slump in oil prices. Dammam’s King Fahd International A...

Saudi launches VIP service

Saudia has announced its new VIP service, “Al Bayraq”, which will operate 12 flights a day between Jeddah and Riyadh in cooperation with Saudi Private Aviation, the Saudi Gazette reports. The announcement was made yesterday by Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of Saudia, where he stated the service will start in February.   “We have been steadily gro...

Royal Saudi Air Force to acquire 30 An-178 transports

Saudi Arabia has tentatively signed for 30 examples of the developmental Antonov An-178 tactical transport, in a deal that could eventually see the Kingdom producing the aircraft locally. Detailed in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) between Antonov and Saudi company Taqnia Aeronautics, the deal will see the partners deliver the aircraft to the Royal Saudi Air Force. It further builds on t...

Arabasco Elite Packages Promise More Maintenance Value

Saudi Arabian business aviation services group Arabasco launched new Elite Service packages promising improved value for aircraft maintenance customers. Its new Platinum, Gold and Silver packages offer fixed pricing covering different levels of support. Arabasco—an FAA Part 145 approved operation specializing in support for Bombardier, Hawker, King Air, Gulfstream and Dassa...

Saudi Arabia Bans Drones and All Remote-Controlled Flying Devices

Saudi Arabia's civil aviation authority has banned the use of drones and other remote-controlled flying devices, it was reported on Sunday. Such devices are often flown into the kingdom for sale and use as children's toys, but are later modified with precision equipment, making them a threat to national security, Arab News reported. The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) thi...