Saudia Cargo expands global network with European routes
15 / 09 / 2013
SAUDIA CARGO is to increase its belly and freighter capacity on a number of routes across its global network.
In its scheduled freighter service network, the airline is adding one additional flight a week from Guangzhou to Brussels, bringing the total number of weekly flights to three; one additional flight a week from Dhaka to Brussels, bringing the total number of weekly flights to five; and two additional flights a week from Nairobi to Amsterdam, resulting in a daily service.
A number of the routes will benefit from service upgrades, with B747-400Fs being utilised on the Dhaka-Brussels route as well as the on Nairobi-Amsterdam route, where all MD-11Fs will be replaced by B747-400F aircraft.
The revised schedule will also see the introduction of a new European destination as the airline prepares to begin its first ever scheduled freighter services from Saudi, commencing with two flights a week to and from Manston in the UK.
Overall capacity from Europe will grow by five frequencies to 22 weekly freighter flights to Saudi Arabia from its hubs in Brussels, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Malpensa and Manston. Network changes to passenger flights will also bring cargo benefits.
As of winter 2013, Saudia Cargo will begin passenger services to Toronto, with three weekly B777-300 flights.
Existing services to Paris will continue with 11 flights a week, although an upgrade to widebodied aircraft will enable greater capacity to be transported using A330 and B777s.
At the same time, the frequency of services to Casablanca will increase from five to seven a week and to Jakarta from seven to nine a week using the B777-300 fleet.
Services to Johannesburg will also increase from two to three per week.
“The expansion of our passenger network in Toronto and the capacity growth of our bellies in Paris, Jakarta, Casablanca and Johannesburg will help to strengthen our global cargo network,” comments Peter Scholten, vice-president, commercial at Saudia Cargo.
“In our scheduled freighter services we have anticipated some business opportunities to grow our capacity in accordance with the demands of our clients based in Bangladesh, South China, Kenya, Europe and the UK,” he adds.
Allan McQuarrie, group manager of freight development at Manston Airport, enthuses: “We are delighted that Saudi Airlines Cargo has shown such confidence in the airport. It is a great boost for us and emphasises Manston’s capabilities in the dedicated freighter cargo market.”