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17 May 2017

SEPANG – Saudi Airlines (Saudia) continues to raise the bar for its cabin experience by introducing the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, a new aircraft with the most modern technical and technological equipment, radically different from other aircrafts under Saudia’s fleet. The new aircraft will service the cities of Saudi Arabia (Jeddah, Riyadh and Medinah ) to Kuala Lumpur  twice daily.

The successful inaugural flight of Saudia’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner at KLIA was followed by a special welcome ceremony organised by Malaysia Airports in cooperation with Saudia’s office in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur) which was attended by the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, HE Mahmud Hussin Qatan, Deputy Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Fawaz Alotibi, Senior General Manager of Malaysia Airports, Zainol Mohd Isa and Saudia Manager, Malaysia – Singapore – Thailand – Vietnam, Fawaz Alharbi. Its inaugural flight was welcomed with the traditional water turret salute by Malaysia Airports’ Airport Fire and Rescue Services (AFRS).

Zainol said, “We first welcomed Saudia at Subang Airport in 1987. It has been 30 years since we first started our business relationship and I am happy to see that it has grown from strength to strength. In fact, 2016 saw an increase of 11.8% in passenger traffic movement from the middle east in KLIA. I was told that this new aircraft will be used for the Jeddah - Kuala Lumpur route, twice daily. I am confident that Saudi Arabia’s national carrier will grow even further thus benefiting our two countries and at the same time will further promote KLIA’s status as a preferred hub in the region.”

Fawaz Alharbi reiterated on Saudia’s commitment to the passengers during the opening speech of the ceremony, “With Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, Saudia will be able to serve our passengers better and make their trip more comfortable and memorable. With its reputation for reliability, operational efficiency and comfort, we believe the new 787-9 Dreamliner will becoming an integral addition to Saudia's fleet as we continue our fleet modernisation and expansion as part of our transformation plans and at the same strengthening and expanding cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Malaysia in the field of aviation communications, as well as improving the level of passenger service.”

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is a 298-seat passenger aircraft with 24 seats in Business Class and 274 seats in Economy Class.

Saudia started its operations in 1945 with a single twin-engine DC-3 (Dakota) HZ-AAX. As to date, Saudia has 134 aircrafts including the latest and most advanced wide-bodied jets presently available: B787-900, B777-300ER, B777-268L, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321 and Airbus A330-300.

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