(Los Angeles, California – April, 2014) Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, inaugurates service at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) with the only nonstop flight between Los Angeles and Saudi Arabia. The three days per week service to Jeddah operates on new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft featuring a three-class cabin configuration, the first-of-its-type.
“Saudia’s inaugural flight to Los Angeles is a manifestation of our continued efforts to expand our global reach to better service our valued customers,” said Abdulaziz Alhazmi, Saudia chief executive officer and director general designate. The services to LAX, following our launch to Toronto, Canada last year and the resumption of our flights to Manchester, UK, are just some of the components of this initiative to claim our rightful place among the world’s leading carriers.”
“On behalf of the City of Los Angeles I would like to welcome the first Saudi Arabian Airlines direct flight from Jeddah to Los Angeles,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “Travelers will enjoy our scenic beaches, magnificent mountains, vibrant museums, world-class restaurants, and bountiful business opportunities. I look forward to welcoming again Saudia passengers on their many return trips to the City of Angels.”
“We are honored Saudia chose LAX as its U.S. West Coast debut for this new, historic service,” said Gina Marie Lindsey, Los Angeles World Airports executive director. “This is the type of air quality service we want to keep attracting to LAX.”
The three days per week service on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays originates in the capital city of Riyadh, and stops-over in Jeddah before flying nonstop to Los Angeles. Cabin features 24-seats in First Class, 36 seats in Business Class and 245 seats in Guest Class.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) founded in 1945, is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, operating more than 100 of the most modern aircraft to over 80 destinations worldwide. As a member of SkyTeam, Saudia provides network access to over 15,700 flights daily to 1,064 destinations in 178 countries. For more information about Saudia, please visit www.saudia.com
About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
LAX is the sixth busiest airport in the world and third in the United States, based on 2012 worldwide rankings (the latest available). LAX offers 680 daily flights to 96 cities and 930 weekly nonstop flights to 59 cities in 30 countries on 63 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 14th in the world and fifth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with over 1.9 million tons of air cargo valued at over $86.9 billion. An economic study in 2011 reported that operations at LAX generated 294,400 jobs in Los Angeles County with labor income of $13.6 billion and economic output of more than $39.7 billion. This activity added $2.5 billion to local and state revenues. LAX is part of a system of three Southern California airports – along with LA/Ontario international and Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.
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