Saudi Airlines Cargo will commence twice-weekly Boeing 747 freight service to Saigon, on March 25, connecting the Vietnamese city to the Middle East and Frankfurt, Germany. Saudi Airlines Cargo Commercial Vice President Peter Scholten expects Saigon to be a key city for the Middle Eastern carrier.
“Saigon is an emerging market,” Scholten said in a statement. “With China becoming more expensive, production is increasingly being moved to Vietnam and other developing countries. This new service will enable us to expand our network into the region in response to changing market conditions.”
Vietnam isn’t the only nation Saudi Airlines Cargo is eying, however. The freight carrier will also launch thrice-weekly service to Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central later this month. The route is part of Saudi’s global part charter initiative with DHL Global Forwarding and allows it to directly link Europe to the United Arab Emirates.
Saudi Airlines Cargo will perform a Brussels-Dubai routing twice a week and fly from Amsterdam to Dubai once a week, according to a press release.
Ingo-Alexander Rahn, executive vice president of global airfreight and head of StarBroker at DHL, said the decision to collaborate with Saudi was strategic. “We chose to work with Saudi Airlines Cargo on this program because, in addition to the new orientation of [Saudi Arabian Airlines], we have found the right mix of commitment, flexibility and network capabilities,” he said in a statement.