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Aircraft and transport: new Saudi-Asian axis for the sector

Riyadh Air prepares to start operations in 2025

Riyadh Air, which is expected to start operations in 2025, has partnered with Asian carriers Singapore Airlines and Air China. This is a move with which the Saudi start-up, controlled by the Saudi state sovereign The Public Investment Fund (Pif), aims to expand its potential network of connections in view of the first commercial flights scheduled for next year.

The new Saudi airline, founded on March 12, 2023, has its hub at Riyadh's "King Khalid" international airport. According to the industrial plan, the airline will operate scheduled national and international flights to over 100 destinations on six continents, served with a fleet of B-787 aircraft. Entrepreneur Yasir Al-Rumayyan should be appointed to lead the national airline.

Riyadh Air is trying to build its network through a series of bilateral partnerships and code-sharing, without relying exclusively on its own planes or a global alliance of airlines. In detail, the partnership with Singapore Airlines includes code-sharing and the sharing of services regarding frequent flyer programs and cargo transport. In 2023, a similar cooperation agreement was signed with the national airline Turkish Airlines.

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency