SAUDIA Launches New Route to Beijing in Collaboration with the Air Connectivity Program

SAUDIA Launches New Route to Beijing in Collaboration with the Air Connectivity Program

Beijing, China, 05 August 2023: SAUDIA, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, has launched its first  direct flight to Beijing, China, in collaboration with the Air Connectivity Program (ACP). This milestone falls  in line with Saudi Aviation Strategy, which recognizes the importance of air connectivity in targeting key  markets, such as China, and accommodating increasing demand from international tourists seeking to  discover the treasures of Saudi Arabia.  

The inaugural SAUDIA flight from Jeddah to Beijing, (SV 0886), took off on the morning of August 4, 2023,  from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX). A ribbon cutting ceremony was held in the presence of His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of  SAUDIA Group, His Excellency Mr. Chen Weiqing, the Chinese Ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,  Mr. Ayman Abu Abah, CEO of JEDCO, and executives from ACP at the boarding gate. Chocolates and a  special boarding pass celebrating this historic day were distributed to the departing guests. 

The aircraft was welcomed at PKX with a water salute, where guests were greeted with flowers and  giveaways. A second ceremony was held on the departure of the first flight from Beijing to Saudi Arabia,  (SV 0887) in attendance of His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, His Excellency Mr. Abdulrahman Alharbi, 

Ambassador of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to China, Mr. Ali Rajab, CEO of ACP, and Mr. Kong Yue, the  Vice President of Beijing Daxing International Airport.  

Later today, an event will be held at The Four Seasons Hotel, Beijing, where distinguished guests from  both countries will come together to celebrate this milestone. The theme of the event is “Wings of  Connection”, focusing on the opportunities and benefits brought by the direct flight service, while  highlighting the ecosystem’s role in fostering connections across trade and business, tourism, education,  and culture. Under the patronage of His Excellency, Abdulrahman Ahmad Al-Harbi, Ambassador of Saudi  Arabia to China, and in attendance of His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Mr. Ali Rajab, and Mr. Kong  Yue along with representatives from governmental entities, travel agencies, and media, this event  commemorates the impact of the ecosystem’s concerted efforts in strengthening the bilateral ties  between Saudi Arabia and China. 

His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of SAUDIA Group said: “We are proud to expand  our operations and offer new destinations to our guests. China is a very important route for SAUDIA, and  the introduction of the new direct flights to and from Beijing not only boosts tourism but also strengthens  the overall economic and cultural ties between the two nations. It facilitates increased travel, trade, and  people-to-people exchanges, fostering stronger bilateral relations. 

Tourism is a pillar of Saudi Vision 2030, and China is ranked among the top global sources of tourists. This  new route will be another large step forward towards Saudi Arabia’s ambitious economic diversification  agenda and it can achieve much growth with more Chinese vacationers coming to the Kingdom.” 

“We are also very grateful for the continuous support provided by the Air Connectivity Program, which  enables us to continue to grow as we work towards achieving our objective to bring the world to Saudi  Arabia.” He added.  

Ali Rajab, ACP’s CEO said: “This new route is the outcome of our collective efforts to further connect Saudi  Arabia and China, strengthening an avenue for mutual growth. By working closely with our partners in the  Saudi ecosystem, we have ensured that every traveler embarking on this journey will experience the  seamless blend of hospitality, heritage, and innovation Saudi Arabia offers. We are excited to witness the  transformative impact this flight will have on both nations and the lasting connections it will create.” 

Alhasan Aldabbagh, President of APAC Markets at Saudi Tourism Authority, stated, “This is an iconic  achievement that underscores our dedication to China – one of our vital source markets. Fueled by an  ambitious tourism plan, which is underpinned by the Vision 2030 strategic framework, Saudia’s historic  ‘Wings of Connection’ expansion into Beijing will help us welcome over 4 million Chinese visitors to Saudi  by 2030. Today, Saudi is expanding at a breakneck pace, with our vibrant tourism sector offering the most  significant developments in the world. We eagerly await the arrival of Chinese travelers to the authentic  home of Arabia, where they will embark on an exploration of Saudi’s ancient culture, unique heritage, and  unrivalled natural offerings.” 

SAUDIA will operate four weekly flights between the Kingdom and Beijing, and will further utilize the  airline’s extensive fleet, catering to guests with a range of convenient check-in methods, high-quality  onboard services, and a comfortable flight experience that underlines the flag carrier’s commitment to  excellence. 


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