Saudia Records 94% Increase in Global Travelers in Q1 2023

In the first quarter of 2023, Saudia reported a 35% increase in the total number of guests across its flight network compared to the same period last year. The airline transported 7 million guests, including 3.2 million domestic guests and 3.8 million international guests. This notable 94% increase reaffirms Saudia’s objective to connect the world with Saudi Arabia.

During Q1 2023, Saudia’s aircraft operated over 42,000 flights across four continents, representing a 5% increase. The airline accumulated more than 127,500 flight hours, marking a 26% increase. Internationally, Saudia operated over 18,300 flights with an increase of 40% and recorded 87,300 flight hours, a 55.2% increase. Domestically, the airline conducted 23,600 flights across 40,100 flying hours.

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Saudia’s Strategy for Growth

Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of Saudia, attributes the growth in Q1 2023 to the airline’s operational plan, which focuses on increasing flights and seating capacity while maintaining operational efficiency and on-time performance. Enhanced travel experiences, such as the “Your Ticket Your Visa” service, have also contributed to the loyalty of guests from all over the world.

As part of its commitment to the Kingdom’s comprehensive development, Saudia has supported the transportation of visitors, tourists, and organizers attending various events, exhibitions, and conferences in Saudi Arabia. The airline’s ambitious plan includes transporting more pilgrims through the Pilgrim Experience Program and further connecting the world with Saudi Arabia.

Fleet Expansion and Future Plans

Saudia’s operations are set to grow in the coming years. The airline is expected to receive its first Airbus A321neo soon, with additional deliveries of the same aircraft as well as the A321XLR model anticipated. Saudia has completed its previous order for Boeing 787 aircraft, aiming to add 38 new planes to its fleet by 2026. The airline also recently announced an agreement with Boeing for the delivery of 39 new B787s, with an option to add another 10 aircraft.

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Saudia’s remarkable 94% increase in international guests in Q1 2023 demonstrates its dedication to connecting the world with Saudi Arabia. As the airline continues to expand its fleet and enhance its services, it’s poised to strengthen its position as a leading global carrier. What aspects of Saudia’s growth strategy do you find most appealing or innovative? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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