Saudi Arabian Airlines, which operates a fleet of 140 passenger aircraft and 12 freighters, will use its capacity to transport the National Shipping Company of Saudi Arabia’s express shipments, according to a press release. It’s a load that will likely increase with time, as the NSCSA benefits from the Saudi Riyal230 million deal it inked with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Defense in 2011 to meet all of the government agency’s shipping needs for three years.
Saudi Cargo and the NSCSA will also work together to boost trade between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other nations through different types of transport services, Saudia Cargo CEO Fahad Hammad said.
In addition to the deal with the NSCSA, Saudi Airlines Cargo expects the commencement of thrice-weekly freight service to Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central to boost freight volumes. The new route, which begins this month, 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.
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.