More than 8,000 visitors took a closer look at Saudi Arabian Airlines at the recently held Arabian Travel Market in Dubai during the four day exhibition.
Saudi Arabian Airlines is getting ready for a bigger presence in 2007 after stunning success this year.
In line with the general strategy to promote tourism in the Kingdom, the Saudi Arabian Airlines Pavilion also showcased the Kingdom’s various tourism attractions using touch-screen technology giving visitors a personalized experience with the Kingdom.
H.E. lauded the announcement of HRH Prince Sultan bin Salman, Secretary General of the Supreme Commission for Tourism to issue tourist visas and licensing of tourist operations and tour guides in the Kingdom.
“This decision will definitely support the tourism industry and is considered a main asset to the economy,” added Ben Bakr.
“Saudi Arabian Airlines is committed to working in close partnership with SCT in order to provide the best possible services to inbound tourists giving them the opportunity to learn more about the Kingdom in order to meet their expectations.”
Dr. Ben Bakr confirmed that Saudi Arabian Airlines is ready to meet the increasing demand on travel. The Saudi national carrier recently concluded a $400 million self-financed agreement for the purchase of 15 Embraer aircraft confirms the Airline’s far sighted vision and sound economic decisions.
H.E. Dr. Khaled Ben Bakr, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines explained that the Airline successfully showcased its services and products to trade visitors and those interested in the travel and tourism sector which included hoteliers, businessmen, media, and the general public. The Saudi Arabian Airlines Pavilion comprised interactive LCD displays to promote Saudi Arabian Airlines services such as Special Services, Catering, Reservations, and Prince Sultan Aviation Academy.
Saudi Arabian Airlines recently upgraded all of its sectors achieving SR 500 million in profits during 2005, an increase of 327% over the profit made four years ago. He said that Saudi Arabian Airlines carried more than 16,800,000 passengers in the same year while revenues reached SR 14,500,000 in 2005. Dr. Ben-Bakr added that the Airline made a series of achievements in various levels in 2005 which included a quantum leap in Cargo services where the Airline carried 287 million kilograms of consignments. The Airline also increased its seating capacity on both domestic and international flights.