Top executives of Saudia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, inaugurated the airlines’ new offices in Los Angeles today. H.E. Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation of Saudi Arabia and Saudia’s Chairman of the Board cut the ceremonial ribbon along with Dr. Faisal Al-Sudairy, the Saudi Consul General in Los Angeles and Engineer Saleh Al-Jasser, Saudia’s Director General. Also present were Rashed Alajmi, Vice President Sales; Abdulrahman Alfahad, Vice President Public Relations and Musaed Almusaed, Saudia Manager USA.
The new offices include Saudia’s City Ticket Office, Sales Office and the Training and Scholarship Office for the US Western Region.
Presentation of gift: GACA President and Saudia Chairman Mr. Al-Hamdan and Director General Engr. Al-Jasser present a gift to Dr. Al-Sudairy, Saudi Consul General in Los Angeles. Mr. Rashed Al-Ajmi, Vice President Passenger Sales, is shown on the right and Mr. Musaed Almusaed, Saudia Manager USA is on the left.
Saudia started flying to Los Angeles in March 2014, providing the only nonstop flights from the US West Coast to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, continuing on to the capital city of Riyadh. It provides much needed air transport service for Saudi students, diplomatic personnel, Muslims pilgrims visiting the Holy Cities of Makkah and Madinah, business travellers, American expatriates and their families as well as passengers who travel beyond Saudi Arabia – to Africa, Arabian Gulf and the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, the Far East and other parts of Saudia’s global network of more than 80 worldwide destinations.
Picture above shows cake cutting ceremony during the Saudia Los Angeles Office Inauguration, from right to left, Mr. Rashed Al-Ajmi, Vice President Passenger Sales, H.E. Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, President of GACA and Saudia Chairman of the Board, Consul General Dr. Faisal Al-Sudairy, Engr. Saleh Al-Jasser, Director General; and Musaed Almusaed, Saudia Manager USA.
Saudia flies three times a week to and from Los Angeles, which will be increased to five flights weekly by June of this year. It operates the latest B777-300 with flatbed seats in First Class and the latest in in-flight entertainment along with world-class in-flight cuisine.
Global Traveler Magazine, the leading business and luxury travel magazine in the USA presented Saudia with the Publisher’s Recognition Award for Service Excellence and Reliability. Saudia was recognized for its steady and consistent service, having started its operations from Saudi Arabia to the USA back in 1981 and still is the only nonstop airline between the two countries. Picture above shows from left to right, Mr. Musaed Almusaed, Saudia Manager USA, Engr. Saleh Al-Jasser, Director General, Mr. Frank Gallagher, Publisher of Global Traveler, Consul General Dr. Faisal Al-Sudairy and H.E. Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, President of GACA and Saudia Chairman of the Board.
Starting with one DC-3 Dakota aircraft in 1945, the gift of US President Franklin Roosevelt to King Abdul Aziz, the founding King of Saudi Arabia, Saudia now has more than 120 modern aircraft, with plans to further increase its fleet to at least 200 by the year 2020.