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Saudia all set for its inaugural flight to Los Angeles

Saudia all set for its inaugural flight to Los Angeles ( Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has completed all preparations for its first flight to Los Angeles, Monday March 31, 2014. A Saudi delegation headed by its Chief Executive Officer and Director General Designate, Mr. Abdulaziz Alhazmi, which also includes a contingent of Saudi journalists, are on board the airlines` newest aircraft, a B777-300ER.

“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,” according to Alhazmi. “The services to LAX, following our launch to Toronto, Canada in October 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.” He continued.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti also had positive comments on the entry of Saudia into the L.A. market. “On behalf of the City of Los Angeles,” he said, “I would like to welcome the first Saudi Arabian Airlines direct flight from Jeddah to Los Angeles, where travelers will enjoy our scenic beaches, magnificent mountains, vibrant museums, world class restaurants, and bountiful business opportunities. And I look forward to welcoming again Saudia passengers on their many return trips to the City of Angels."

Gina Marie Lindsey, Executive Director of Los Angeles World Airports, which administers L.A.`s primary airport, also released a statement congratulating Saudia. “We congratulate Saudia on the inauguration of service at LAX to Saudi Arabia, “she said, “This is the type of quality air service we want to keep attracting to LAX.”

Saudia will operate three flights weekly between Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with the flight originating in the capital city Riyadh, stopping over in Jeddah before flying nonstop to Los Angeles.

Saudia`s Boeing B777-300ER aircraft has a 3-class configuration, with 24 seats in First Class, 36 seats in Business Class and 245 seats in its Guest Class. Saudia also flies to New York JFK International, Washington Dulles International and Toronto Pearson International Airport.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jonathan Pansacola, Saudi Arabian Airlines, , Ph. (310) 409-6483

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