SEPANG: Saudi Arabian Airlines' strong demand in Malaysia coupled with products and services offered has shown a 9.8 per cent growth in passenger movement to 379,746 passengers in the first eight months of 2019 compared to 345,852 passenger recorded in the same period a year ago.
"We are confident that the Saudi Arabia's national carrier will grow even stronger for the benefit of all travelers.
"This is also in line with our aim to establish Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) as the preferred hub by offering passengers with excellent and seamless connectivity and a joyful travel experience,” Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said at the welcoming reception of Saudia’s maiden commercial flight operation of its latest Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner from Jeddah to KLIA today.
Saudi Arabian Airlines’ (Saudia) latest aircraft Boeing Dreamliner 787-10 today arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) at 5.30 pm, following its maiden commercial flight from Jeddah’s new terminal at King Abdulaziz International Airport.
A special ceremony commenced at KLIA under the patronage of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Malaysia, Mahmud Qattan, in collaboration with Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) group chief executive officer Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin and other government officials.
The latest addition of the aircraft joins Saudia’s existing fleet of 13 Boeing 787-9s.
We take pleasure in welcoming Saudia Airline New Dreamliner 787-10 at KLIA Main Terminal today! This aircraft will fly the Jeddah-KUL route daily. ✈️ #MYairlinestories #saudiaairline #aviation pic.twitter.com/5Gkw8eXiZh— Malaysia Airports (@MY_Airports) October 15, 2019
Saudia flies nonstop daily between Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur with seven weekly services and will be operated with the new Boeing 787-10 and will be gradually increase twice daily from November 2019.
The layout of the Saudi Boeing 787-10 comprising 357 seats in a two-class configuration, with 24 seats in Business Class and 333 seats in Guest Class (Economy).
In addition to the 787-10, Saudi operates 13 units of 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, and 33 units of 777-300ER (Extended Range) jets.
The 787-10 as a stretch of the 787-9, adds about 59 more seats in a two-class configuration and cargo capacity, offering 25 percent better fuel per seat and fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces.
With a range 11,750 km, the 787-10 capable to fly more than 95 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes.
B787-10’s inflight entertainment system available in 16 foreign languages including Bahasa Melayu, a new feature to this state of the art aircraft.
Onboard services include the new culinary service ‘Bistro by Saudi’, a traditional Arabic coffee and dates are available in Economy Class, as well as a variety of dishes – local cuisine and international – for a range of palates.
The new service resembles the on-board service of a restaurant, serving the dishes successively and without the traditional tray.
In Premium classes the new gastronomic service includes menus designed by chefs from Saudi Arabia, Dubai, the United Kingdom and France.
In Business Class, the ‘Dine-on-Demand Any Dish, Any Time’ culinary service includes traditional Arabic menu items, or ‘cuisine of the Mediterranean sun’ with international selections.
Saudia flies to more than 95 destinations worldwide, with a modern fleet of narrow and widebody Airbus and Boeing aircraft with an average age of the Saudia fleet is five years.
Source: New Straits Times
Photo: Malaysia Airports