Saudia plans freighter to Guangzhou

Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo ishoping to start freighter services toGuangzhou if it can secure a secondleased B747 freighter. The carrier leased a B747-200F fromAir Atlanta last June, which joined thefour MD-11Fs and one B747-200F inSaudia’s own fleet. Fahad Hammad,vice president cargo sales and servicessays he is hoping to finalise negotiationsfor a second leased B747F in […]


Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo ishoping to start freighter services toGuangzhou if it can secure a secondleased B747 freighter.

The carrier leased a B747-200F fromAir Atlanta last June, which joined thefour MD-11Fs and one B747-200F inSaudia’s own fleet. Fahad Hammad,vice president cargo sales and servicessays he is hoping to finalise negotiationsfor a second leased B747F in April,along with an A300 freighter for regionalroutes.

The Guangzhou route would betwice a week, rising to three times aweek in due course. Traffic rights havenot yet been finalised, but Hammadsays good progress has been made. Thecarrier already has had a thrice-weeklyfreighter service to Shanghai since May2005, and plans to increase that to fivetimes a week to be more in line withother offerings in the market.

The A300 freighter would be usedto fly to Gulf and African destinations,including Khartoum, Ndjamena, AddisAbaba, Nairobi and Johannesburg, withAfrica-Asia traffic a particular focus.

The first three destinations on thelist are already served by Saudia’sMD-11Fs, and the aircraft releasedby deploying an A300 instead wouldbe used to boost frequencies on thecarrier’s trunk route to Brussels. Inaddition, the Dhaka service could beboosted from twice a week to three orfour times a week.

Brussels is currently served 12 timesa week by Saudi Arabian freighters,with three flights a week going on toNew York and two of those going onto Houston.