BEIJING- SAUDIA (SV), the national airline of Saudi Arabia, has successfully inaugurated its inaugural nonstop flight from Jeddah (JED) to Beijing (PKX), China, through a partnership with the Air Connectivity Program (ACP).
This significant achievement aligns with the Saudi Aviation Strategy. Further emphasizing the significance of enhanced air connections to tap into vital markets like China.
Moreover, this initiative aims to cater to the rising demand from global travelers eager to explore the cultural and natural wonders of Saudi Arabia.
Saudia Jeddah Beijing Flights
On the morning of August 4, 2023, the inaugural SAUDIA flight (SV 0886) embarked on its journey from Jeddah to Beijing.
This significant event marked the commencement of direct flights from King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah to Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX).
The occasion was commemorated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the boarding gate.
Subsequently, graced by the presence of esteemed individuals such as 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 representatives from ACP.
Departing guests were treated to chocolates and a special boarding pass as tokens of celebration for this historic milestone.
Upon arrival at Beijing Daxing International Airport (PKX), the Boeing 787-9 received a warm welcome marked by a water salute. Further accompanied by the presentation of flowers and giveaways to the arriving guests.
Another significant moment was the departure of the first flight from Beijing to Saudi Arabia (SV 0887). This was commemorated through a second ceremony.
The event was graced by the presence of notable figures, including 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.
Wings of Connection
Subsequently, an event is hosted at The Four Seasons Hotel in Beijing, where esteemed guests from both nations will gather to commemorate this significant achievement.
The occasion is themed “Wings of Connection,” emphasizing the opportunities and advantages stemming from the direct flight service.
The event will shine a spotlight on the ecosystem’s role in nurturing connections across various domains such as trade and business, tourism, education, and culture.
Under the esteemed patronage of His Excellency Abdulrahman Ahmad Al-Harbi, Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to China, and in the presence of distinguished individuals, including His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Mr. Ali Rajab, and Mr. Kong Yue, as well as representatives from government bodies, travel agencies, and media, this event serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts of the ecosystem in fortifying the bilateral relations between Saudi Arabia and China.
His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of the SAUDIA Group, expressed his pride in extending the airline’s operations to encompass new destinations for their valued guests.
He emphasized the strategic significance of China as a vital route for SAUDIA, and the introduction of direct flights between Beijing and other destinations amplifies tourism prospects and reinforces the broader economic and cultural ties between these two nations. These new flight connections are expected to facilitate an upsurge in travel, trade, and people-to-people interactions, thereby nurturing more robust bilateral relationships.
Tourism stands as a cornerstone of the Saudi Vision 2030 initiative, and China stands as one of the leading global sources of tourists. The introduction of this fresh route marks a significant stride towards the ambitious economic diversification goals outlined in Saudi Arabia’s vision. The anticipated influx of Chinese vacationers to the Kingdom is anticipated to contribute substantially to the nation’s growth trajectory.His Excellency Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of the SAUDIA Group
“We extend our sincere appreciation for the unwavering support provided by the Air Connectivity Program,” His Excellency Al-Omar added, underscoring how this support empowers their continued growth journey and aligns with their overarching objective of showcasing Saudi Arabia to the world.
Ali Rajab, CEO of the Air Connectivity Program (ACP), commented on the significance of this fresh route, highlighting that it is a tangible result of collaborative endeavors aimed at deepening the ties between Saudi Arabia and China while fostering a platform for shared advancement.
The meticulous coordination with partners within Saudi Arabia’s ecosystem, ensuring that every traveler embarking on this venture would be treated to a harmonious fusion of Saudi Arabia’s hospitality, rich heritage, and cutting-edge innovation. The anticipation for the considerable positive changes that this flight will usher in for both nations and the enduring connections it will forge is a source of excitement for Rajab and the entire team involved.Ali Rajab, CEO of the Air Connectivity Program (ACP)
SAUDIA is set to offer a frequency of four weekly flights connecting the Kingdom with Beijing.
The airline will leverage its expansive fleet to provide passengers with hassle-free check-in options. Further, the premium onboard services and a comfortable journey reflect the flag carrier’s dedication to delivering exceptional experiences.
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