With the start of new year, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, Saudia Group has decided to acclerate capacity deployment and expansion, notably on its international routes. The airline has set an ambitious pace by seeking to boost its international presence and market share by increase its seating capacity by 40 pc on high-demand destinations.
In a press statement, the airline says that its ambitious plan aims to expand Saudia’s network, connect international visitors with the Kingdom, and strengthen Saudi’s tourism, Hajj, and Umrah sectors. The plan also includes an increase in domestic flights and seating capacity.
As per plan for 2023, Saudia has allocated over 25.3 million seats for international flights across almost 90,000 flights, up 40 pc from 2022. Similarly, seating capacity on domestic flights for 2023 has been increased by about half a million seats to reach over 17.8 million seats, with the total number of domestic flights exceeding 102,100. The company says that the new flight schedule and operations are designed to meet growing customer demand and further increase convenience in flight schedules throughout the year, and in particular during demand-peak seasons.
“We plan to build on Saudia’s operational success of last year with a strategic plan that further enhances our reputation for meeting our guests’ needs and delivering performance excellence. Since the beginning of the new year, we have seen steadily increasing demand on already-popular routes. By expanding capacity and enhancing flight schedules Saudia is able to offer increased flexibility to customers and better manage its operational requirements in light of the significant challenges facing the aviation industry,” says Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia.
Saudia says its operational plan also features a number of new additions to its fleet. New Boeing B787 Dreamliner aircraft, with 24 business class seats and 333 economy class seats, will join Saudia’s fleet in 2023, along with the latest Airbus A321NX aircraft, that offer 20 business class seats and 168 economy class seats. Additionally, Saudia continues to implement strategies and systems that allow it to maintain operational efficiency while ensuring the highest safety and quality standards.
With its advanced fleet of 142 aircraft, Saudia currently flies to over 100 destinations across four continents, with over 460 flights every day.