By Andy Sambidge
Two new B747-400 freighters increases fleet to 15; will be used in cargo charter market
The cargo unit of Saudi Arabian Airlines is expanding its dedicated fleet with the arrival of two B747-400 freighters.
Saudia Cargo's latest additions will form part of its 15-strong fleet, the carrier said in a statement.
Of these aircraft, 12 will be used for Saudia's scheduled services to 27 freighter destinations worldwide, while its charter business will benefit from three dedicated B747 freighters.
Steven Peter Scholten, vice-president Commercial at Saudia Cargo, said: "A 15-strong fleet with 12 aircraft being utilised for scheduled services, while the 3 dedicated charter aircraft will offer our clients more capacity in the ad-hoc charter market.
"The combination of our scheduled and charter activities enables us to offer our clients smart, cost-effective solutions via our three hubs in Saudi Arabia," he added.
Saudi Airlines Cargo operates a fleet of 15 freighters and sells the belly-capacity on 145 passenger aircraft for Saudi Arabia's flag carrier, spanning a rapidly expanding global network of 225 destinations.