SaudiGulf Airlines (Dammam, Saudi Arabia) is finally getting airborne. The new airline announced it launched scheduled passenger flights on October 29, 2016 from Dammam to Riyadh. Service to Jeddah will begin later on November 27, 2016.
The company was established in 2013 by Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani and Sons Group of Companies. The airline acquired its AOC on June 22, 2016.
The new airline published its mission statement:
“Build an airline that pushes the boundaries of service and technology and make it the new benchmark of efficiency.
Connect travelers across the Kingdom and beyond, creating engaging experiences and achieve the highest levels of service by delivering seamless operations and custom-made products and services.
Be a friendly, approachable and hospitable airline that offers individual attention to customers, proactively thinking ahead to provide tailor-made solutions.
Write a new chapter in the Kingdom’s aviation history and serve the nation with pride and innovation.”
Copyright Photo: SaudiGulf Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL D-AVVN (HZ-SGC) (msn 6583) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 927987.
SaudiGulf Airlines is expected to receive its Air Operating Certificate (AOC) in June 2016 and the new airline is now planning to launch operations on June 22, 2016.
Previously SaudiGulf Airlines had stated in October 2015 that it intended to start operating flights on November 1, 2015 from Dammam to Jeddah, Riyadh and one international destination but the start date was delayed until now.
Copyright Photo: SaudiGulf Airlines Airbus A320-232 WL F-WWBH (HZ-SGA) (msn 6455) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 926237.
SaudiGulf Airlines, a new Saudi Arabian airline wholly owned by Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani Group of Companies has signed a firm contract with Airbus for four A320ceo, to be delivered in early 2015. The aircraft is equipped with Airbus “Sharklet” fuel saving wing tip devices.
As one of the two airlines to obtain carrier licenses to operate domestic and international flights from Saudi airports, the airline will contribute to increase the Kingdom’s air transport links with the region and the rest of the world. SaudiGulf plans to launch its operations out of Dammam (see map above), in the first quarter of 2015 followed by Riyadh and Jeddah.
Previously Bombardier Aerospace had announced the Dammam-based Al Qahtani Aviation Company has signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 10 CS300 jetliners. The aircraft will be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Qahtani Aviation Company and SaudiGulf Airlines are both owned by Saudi Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies (Tariq Al-Qahtani & Bros.).
However the CS300 has been delayed.
Map Image: Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani Group of Companies.
Bombardier Aerospace (Montreal) has announced Al Qahtani Aviation Company (Dammam) has signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 CS300 aircraft with options for an additional 10 CS300 jetliners. The aircraft will be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Al Qahtani Aviation Company and SaudiGulf Airlines are both owned by Saudi Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies (Tariq Al-Qahtani and Brothers).
In other news, Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed its CSeries aircraft program is making solid progress and initial performance results are in line with the company’s expectations. However, based on the thorough review of the CSeries program after the first flight of the CS100 on September 16, 2013, the flight test phase will require more time than originally anticipated to ensure, amongst other things, that the aircraft has the overall system maturity to support a successful entry-into-service. The CS100aircraft’s entry-into-service is now scheduled for the second half of 2015 and will be followed by the CS300 aircraft’s entry-into-service approximately six months afterwards.
“We are taking the required time to ensure a flawless entry-into-service. We are very pleased that no major design changes have been identified, this gives us confidence that we will meet our performance targets,” said Mike Arcamone, President, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “While the process has taken more time than we had expected, our suppliers are aligned with the program’s schedule and together, we will continue to work closely to move the program steadily forward. With the first flight of flight test vehicle 2 (FTV2) successfully completed on January 3, 2014, the CSeries aircraft program will continue to gain traction over the coming months.”
Image and Photo: Bombardier.