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Saudi Customs Demands Declarations Over $16,000

The General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA) has ordered all domestic and international airlines operating in the country to make it mandatory for passengers to declare jewelry, precious metals and cash over SR60,000 in their possession, with invoices or other documentation as proof of value. GACA said the Kingdom has regulations in place for passengers to fill in forms to declare these item...

Flynas plans ambitious fleet growth as it maintains profitability

Saudi Arabia's domestic and regional low cost operator Flynas, is evaluating plans to increase its fleet by more than 300% with orders for as many as 100 aircraft. Speaking on the sidelines of the AACO general meeting at Jeddah, CEO Paul Byrne said that Boeing 737 Max and Bombardier CSeries could both be considered alongside the neo version of the existing fleet choice of Airbus A320. By...

Airbus pursues Saudia A380 order with superdense 615 seater

Airbus Group SE is aiming to seal a prospective Saudi order for the A380 superjumbo by pitching a new 615-seat, two-class version it says would be the ideal congestion-buster for carrying pilgrims to Mecca. The European plane maker has offered Saudi Arabian Airlines, known as Saudia, the high-density layout to be pioneered by leading A380 customer Emirates on its Copenhagen route next week, Hab...

Saudi signs MoU to take Antonov deal to the next stage with 10 aircraft

The partnership between Ukraine and Saudi Arabia was boosted at the final day of the Dubai Airshow by the signing of MOUs for ten Anotonv aircraft that are being developed in the Kingdom VIP visitors to the Antonov display on Thursday included HH Prince Turki bin Saud Mohammed Al−Saud, president of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) and other official KSA representativ...

Saudi King Orders National Airline to Continue Sharm Flights

Saudi King Salman has expressed "full confidence" in Egyptian security measures, ordering Riyadh's nationalairline to continue flights to Sharm el-Sheikh despite suspicions a bomb downed a Russian jet flying from the resort. An ally of Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the king "directed Saudi Arabian Airlines to continue running flights to Sharm el-Sheikh from...

Alpha Star commits to 70 aircraft fleet by 2017

Saudi Arabian private aviation company Alpha Star Aviation has pledged to increase its fleet from a current 52 aircraft to 70 aircraft by the end of 2017. The company, which operates company-owned and managed aircraft on charter and behalf of owners, has not revealed what types it plans to acquire. However, chief executive Salim bin Obaid Al-Muzaini says Alpha Star will be purchasing aircr...

Saudia increases domestic capacity as competition looms

Saudi Arabian flag carrier Saudia has wet-leased two Airbus A319s from Czech Airlines to increase capacity on its domestic routes as it gears up to face competitive pressures from new rivals in the Kingdom. Liberalization of Saudi Arabia’s airline sector will see Qatar Airways’ subsidiary Al Maha Airways and startup carrier SaudiGulf Airlines providing new competition for both...

Saudi Business Aviation Conference to be held on November 24

The Saudi Business Aviation Conference will be held in on November 24 -26 2015 in Maghwat Palace Conference Center based in Hail. Organised by the High Commission for the Development of Hail, with the support of the General Authority of Civil Aviation – Saudi Arabia, the conference will discuss couple of major topics in the field of private aviation and will provide an ideal platform to m...

Saudi's new Hawk trainer makes first flight

The first flight of a new-generation Hawk advanced jet trainer set for Saudi Arabia has made its maiden flight with manufacturer BAE Systems in the UK The aircraft is one of 22 Mk 165 examples on order for the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). The debut flight was performed by BAE test pilot Andy Blyth. According to Flightglobal, The Saudi government signed a contract for the type in May 2012 as...