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Going for growth

Saudia Cargo wants to take advantage of its strategic location, perched between east and west, to expand the global network it serves, both with dedicated freighters and belly hold capacity. Helen Massy-Beresford reports

Saudia Cargo is now eyeing global growth, after the carrier saw its overall volumes increase by 6% in 2015 when compared with the previous year.


The airline, which counts 225 international and 26 domestic destinations in its network, via its dedicated freighter fleet and the belly capacity in Saudi Airlines' passenger fleet, is looking to several different business sectors and parts of the world to achieve its planned expansion.


The airline, which is strategically placed to act as a bridge for its customers between east and west, is adding three new destinations this year for air cargo services on Saudi Airlines passenger Boeing 777 and Airbus A320/A330 aircraft: to Munich, Ankara and the Maldives, with the latter destination seeing two weekly flights start in April. It expects to serve Munich with 10 weekly flights from July, adding four weekly flights to Ankara in the fourth quarter of the year.


Saudia Cargo Chief Executive Officer, Nabil Khojah, says the airline wants to increase its global cargo reach by taking advantage of the capacity available on passenger flights.


The cargo operator also added a second freighter from Jeddah to the United States for the first quarter.


It operates a dedicated cargo fleet of 15 aircraft, consisting of Boeing 747F and McDonnell Douglas MD-11F aircraft, offering both nose and side loading capabilities to accommodate all types and sizes of cargo.


“The response by customers was positive,” says Rainer Mueller, Saudia Cargo’s Vice President Commercial. “Basically, we added the freighter for the first quarter in order to provide additional capacity for several special projects. The second freighter has been removed from the spring/summer schedule, but will operate as needed. Depending on the market out of the US we may add it back to the winter schedule.


“The US is integral to Saudia Cargo, both on an import and export basis. Overall US production is stable both to the Kingdom and beyond, which is good to see. As an airline, we of course continuously review opportunities for adding additional routes or for increasing frequencies to places we already serve. In the Americas, there are several origins that we are currently evaluating,” Mueller says.


Demand from within the United States is coming mainly from the East Coast, particularly New York, but also Chicago and Texas, the airline says.


Beyond the United States, business is also looking promising to and from Asia, Saudia Cargo says, even if 2016 has got off to a slow start.


“From China and Southeast Asia, our growth has been stable during the first quarter of 2016. While China and Hong Kong showed unusually slow recovery after the Chinese New Year holidays, Southeast Asia showed reasonable stability with Malaysia and Vietnam leading the growth. But overall, both Chinese and Asian markets are performing below expectation so far. The second quarter of the year is expected to be better. Initial signs of recovery are already being seen in South China and Hong Kong, as we have reverted back to our full service schedule with effect from mid-March.”  >>

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