Emirates Airline expands its operation in Saudi Arabia

By SiliconIndia   |   Thursday, 28 October 2010, 15:25 Hrs
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New York:Emirates Airline under its expansion operations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will provide 10 services per week to Riyadh and Jeddah, highlighting the increased economic ties between the UAE and Saudi Arabia.With a 71 percent increase in operations and a 75 percent increase in overall passenger capacity, the new services will further boost business and leisure trade between the two Arab nations.

Riyadh will receive five additional services per week, increasing its weekly service to 12 flights from October 31st.Starting January 2,2011 Jeddah will receive five additional services, increasing its weekly operation to 12.

Emirates Senior Vice President Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Iran, Ahmed Khoory said,"the additional 3,770 seats per week on the two routes will further enhance passenger movement between the two countries. Travelers in Saudi seek connectivity to key commercial and leisure centers in Europe, as well as the Americas and Australasia, and these new flights will help expedite their journey."

Services to Riyadh will be operated by an Airbus A330-200 with 12 First Class seats, 42 Business Class seats and 183 economy class seats. Jeddah will benefit from a second A380 service with capacity to seat 517 passengers in a three class configuration. The first A380 was introduced to the Jeddah route this February.

These flights will also help with religious based travel to Saudi Arabia, which continues to grow exponentially each year. The airline’s expansion program closely follows its announcement of an increase of Al Medinah al Munawarah services to a daily from October 31st.

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