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Thu 30 Jul 2009 01:42 PM

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Jet Airways set to launch new Saudi flights

Indian carrier will launch services from Mumbai to Riyadh on Aug 6.

Jet Airways, India's international airline, will launch services to Riyadh from Mumbai, starting on August 6, it has been announced.

This will be the airline's second service to Saudi Arabia, complementing the airline's existing daily Mumbai-Jeddah service.

The airline will launch four services a week on the Mumbai-Riyadh sector, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays respectively, aboard a Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

With the introduction of this new flight, Jet Airways will fly to eight cities in the Gulf, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh.

Wolfgang Prock-Schauer, CEO, Jet Airways, said: "Saudi Arabia is a very important market for Jet Airways on account of the large volume of traffic to the Gulf kingdom, to and from India, and an important addition to the airline's growing Gulf network.

"With the launch of our second daily service to Saudi Arabia, we are confident of further reinforcing our position as among the leading carriers on the Indo-Gulf sector."

Jet Airways will also launch a new, daily service to Dubai from Hyderabad, its fifth daily service to the Gulf emirate and second from Southern India as well as its second daily service to Bangkok from Mumbai, effective from August 16

A new Kochi-Sharjah service, planned to launch on September 1, is also in the pipeline, subject to getting approval from the government.

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