Friday, September 13, 2013

► SAUDI ARABIA: Saudia Cargo to boost Morocco, Kenya, South Africa freight capacity.

Saudia CargoSaudia Cargo (SV) has announced an increase in its belly and freighter capacity on a number of routes across its global network. In terms of its African destinations, the Saudi Arabian operator plans to boost its dedicated freighter frequencies to Nairobi while adding bellyhold capacity to Casablanca and Johannesburg through increased passenger flights.

Saudia Cargo's Nairobi Connections
In its scheduled freighter service network, the cargo airline will add two additional flights per week from Nairobi to Amsterdam, resulting in a daily service. In addition, the B747-400F is also set to replace all MD11Fs currently in service n the route.

Network changes to passenger flights will also increase belly-hold capacity with B777-300ER passenger flights to Casablanca to increase from five to seven per week with effect from October 28, 2013. 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,” commented Peter Scholten, VP 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 United Kingdom,” he continued.
Saudi Airlines Cargo operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier Saudia, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations. In addition to its scheduled freighter services, the cargo airline also provides dedicated charter services.

Saudia operates a regional freight hub out of Nairobi with Kenya's Astral Aviation providing feeder traffic.