JEDDAH: Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has launched new passenger routes to the Indonesian cities of Surabaya in the south and Medan in the north of the country.
The inaugural flights to Medan and Surabaya were marked with a special ribbon and cake- cutting ceremony, prior to departure from Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International airport in the late evening of October 28. The flights touched down in the afternoon in both cities the following day.
The flights are operated as two separate routes with dedicated widebody Boeing 747 aircraft, availing 450 seats. Jeddah to Surabaya begins as a four-times-weekly service, while Medan is a twice-weekly service.
Upon arrival at Surabaya’s International Airport (SUB), the airline’s senior delegation was met by Saudi Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Osama Bin Mohammad Abdullah Al-Shuaibi, as well as senior Indonesian government, aviation and airport officials.
Flying to more than 90 destinations worldwide, with a modern, mixed fleet of 155 narrow and widebody aircraft, the Saudia fleet is set to grow to more than 200 aircraft by 2020.