Airbus Middle East increases regional presence with Saudi opening
- Saudi Arabia: Tuesday, January 15 - 2013 at 10:45
- PRESS RELEASE
Airbus continues to increase its operations in the Middle East through the opening of its latest base in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The office will be led by Saudi market veteran, Ali A. Milaat, previously an executive of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Airbus' history in Saudi dates back to 1983, when an order from the Kingdom's first airline, Saudia, launched the A300-600. The Saudia fleet now includes A321s, A321s and A330s, and by 2014 the airline will be flying 62 Airbus aircraft. In addition, Nas Air's fleet is made up primarily from A320s, currently flying eight, with a further 20 on order.
"The opening of our dedicated Saudi operations is indicative of the continual growth of this market and we are delighted to welcome Ali Milaat to the team," said Fouad Attar, managing director, Airbus Middle East.
"The most recent Airbus Global Market Forecast highlighted the strength of the Middle East market, the total passenger fleet of airlines domiciled in the Middle East will grow by 1,906 new passenger aircraft deliveries by the end of 2031 representing 7% of total global deliveries.
"With this demand comes a need for new talent and Airbus has established collaborations with the Saudi Academy of Civil Aviation (SACA) and leading educational institutions in the country, with the view to nurture and develop the next generation of aviation experts in Saudi."
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