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Saudi national carrier plans to hire more women

Saudia reveals plan to recruit 300 women, confirms fleet modernisation plans

Saudi national carrier plans to hire more women
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) plans to hire 300 more women over the next three years with the majority in the catering division, according to a report in local media.

Up to 221 women are to be employed in the kitchens at Saudia’s premises in Jeddah and Madinah, according to Arab News.

It added that Saudia had already hired 120 women in the company’s retail and logistics divisions.

Saudia’s director-general Saleh Al Jasser revealed the recruitment targets at an event to mark the opening of the new Al Fursan lounge at Riyadh’s King Khalid International Airport, while Wajdy Al Ghabban, CEO of Saudi Airlines Catering Company, told the newspaper afterwards that the majority would be employed in catering.

The kingdom’s Ministry of Labour forecasts that around 450,000 women will be employed by the private sector by the end of 2016. It is part of the government’s Saudisation drive to make more jobs available to Saudi nationals – men and women.

At the event, Al Jasser also said that internal capacity has grown by 16 percent, and aircraft shortage issues would disappear within a year as 40 new planes enter Saudia’s fleet in the next 80 days.

In 2017, an additional 30 planes will enter service, Al Jasser said, referring to the biggest aircraft leasing deal Saudi had signed in a single year, announced last year.

Al Jasser was quoted as saying: “As per the [fleet] modernisation plan, several planes are currently being phased out according to a schedule. Four Boeing 747s have already been scrapped, while the remaining 15 Empire-model planes and five first-generation 777-200s will be retired before the end of the year.

“Other 23 aircraft will be scrapped before the end of 2017, while 28 A320s will be phased out in two years.

“All these old planes will be replaced by the new ones,” he said.

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