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The four largest airline participating in Essential Air Service contracts, TOP: Southern Airways Express C208, Cape Air C402 ; BOTTOM. Boutique PC12 , SkyWest CRJ200 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | Joey Gerardi)

Essential Air Service: What It Is and Why It's Needed

Every year, people around the country pay their taxes and begin to complain about which government programs are necessary and which are not. And every year the same question comes up: why does the government shell out millions of dollars in federal aid to airlines in order to fly — in some cases empty aircraft — to cities nobody has ever heard of? Because it’s essential. History of EAS Essential Air Service has played an interesting role in this country…

Saudia Outlines First 787-10 Route, Considers Additional Widebodies

Jeddah-based Saudia is expecting to take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliner within the next few months after HZ-AR24 rolled out of Boeing’s Charleston paint shop in mid-July. The aircraft will be the first of three 787-10s to join the Saudia fleet this year. Seven more of the largest Dreamliner…

Saudia Outlines First 787-10 Route, Considers Additional Widebodies

Jeddah-based Saudia is expecting to take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliner within the next few months after HZ-AR24 rolled out of Boeing’s Charleston paint shop in mid-July. The aircraft will be the first of three 787-10s to join the Saudia fleet this year. Seven more of the largest Dreamliner…

Etihad and Saudia Announce Codeshare Partnership

Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways, alongside Jeddah-based Saudia, announced a new codeshare partnership that will enable both airlines to share their respective codes in hopes of growing the number of passengers onboard and increase revenue. The codeshare agreement will allow Etihad's code to be placed on several Saudia flights to Dammam,…

Saudia Announces New Manchester Service from Riyadh

Adding to their existing service to Jeddah from Manchester, Saudi Arabian Airlines, referred to simply as Saudia, has announced an expansion of their route portfolio at Manchester International Airport. Beginning June 23, 2017, the carrier will launch twice weekly service to Riyadh, meaning that passengers can now fly to Saudi Arabia up to…

Saudia Goes Big With Fleet Modernization Effort

Jeddah based airline, Saudia, has announced a new order for 63 additional aircraft to be added to their fleet as part of a fleet expansion and modernization effort. The Minister of Transport and Saudi Arabian Airlines Chairman of the Board, Mr Sulaiman Alhamdan, announced the approval by Saudia’s board of…