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Boeing delays delivery of ultra-long-range version of 777X aircraft
August 15, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO/SINGAPORE: Boeing has pushed back the entry into service of an ultra-long-range version of its forthcoming 777X widebody, the US planemaker said on Wednesday, as it grapples with fallout from the 737 MAX crisis and engine issues with the 777X.
The fresh delay comes as the grounding of Boeing’s money-spinning 737 MAX single-aisle entered a sixth month in August, and as the world’s largest planemaker faces engine-related delays on the"...

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Work in full swing to transform Al-Ula Airport into aviation hub
August 15, 2019

RIYADH — The Royal Commission for Al-Ula has stepped up its efforts to transform Al-Ula’s Prince Abdulmajeed Bin Abdulaziz Airport and the Maraya Concert Hall as part of plans to create a major new tourism destination in Saudi Arabia. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of this year.

The construction work being carried out under the leadership of Prince Badr bin Farhan Al-Saud, Minister of Culture and governor of the Royal"...

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International flights to take off from new Jeddah airport
August 8, 2019

JEDDAH: The first international flights will take off from Jeddah’s new King Abdul Aziz International Airport to three destinations in the Gulf.

The Saudi Arabian Airlines flights will depart from Terminal 1 bound for Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Muscat.

Daily flights for Abu Dhabi and Bahrain will begin on Friday,"...

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Last Haj flight to land Monday
August 5, 2019

JEDDAH — The last Haj flight is scheduled to land at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) in Jeddah Monday, according to the General Authority for Civil Aviation (GACA).

It said the departure flights will start on Dhul Hijja 13 (Aug. 14) while the GCC pilgrims will depart on the next day and the other Haj flights will start on Dhul Hijja 15 (Aug. 16) and continue until the end of the pilgrimage on Muharram 15 (Sept. 15).

GACA"...

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Global air connectivity becomes more accessible, more efficient
August 1, 2019

MONTREAL – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released performance figures for 2018 showing that global air connectivity continues to become more accessible and more efficient.

The IATA World Air Transport Statistics (2019 WATS) confirmed that Airlines in the Asia-Pacific region once again carried the largest number of passengers system-wide. The regional rankings (based on total passengers carried on scheduled services by airlines"...

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First US airline flight since 1997 lands in Jeddah, 168 pilgrims arrive
August 1, 2019

JEDDAH — The first flight of a US airline to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1997, arrived at the King Abdul Aziz International Airport here on Wednesday, carrying 168 passengers who are here to perform Haj.

The flight coming from Ohio is the first flight from a US airline to Saudi Arabia after a 22-year gap.

On their arrival the pilgrims were greeted by several officials from the administration of King Abdul Aziz International Airport,"...

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Saudi national carrier flies 17m passengers in H1
July 31, 2019

Saudi Arabian Airlines transported 17 million passengers on 107,500 flights during the first six months of 2019.

There were 8.3m passengers on 63,000 domestic trips and 8.71m on 44,500 international flights.

Last month alone the national carrier’s international flights grew seven percent compared to June"...

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Air India says to launch flights to Jeddah from Lucknow
July 31, 2019

India’s national carrier Air India will launch direct flight services to Jeddah from Lucknow, the capital city of Uttar Pradesh (UP), during the forthcoming winter schedule, commencing from October.

Currently, Air India operates its service from Lucknow to Jeddah via Delhi, where passengers have to change the aircraft.

“Air"...

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Modern airport technology reducing pilgrim congestion at Saudi airports
July 30, 2019

JEDDAH: The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) has started implementing technical solutions at Jeddah’s King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA) and Madinah’s Prince Mohammed bin Abdul Aziz International Airport (PMIA) to reduce pilgrim congestion during this year’s Hajj.
The GACA has merged terminal hall paths into single directions to ensure the smooth flow of pilgrims, allowing both airports to welcome up 48,000 passengers"...

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Saudi GACA approves design plan for new airport
July 27, 2019

The final development designs for Al Jouf International Airport in Saudi Arabia have been approved by Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) President Abdulhadi Al Mansouri after its thorough review.

Work is due to begin on the project in September and will be completed within the next two years, said the statement from GACA.

The airport project will boast a terminal that can handle one million passengers per year and 14 aircraft"...

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