Emirates Airline is celebrating a milestone in its operations to Saudi Arabia, marking 30 years of service to Riyadh.
Since its inaugural flight between Riyadh and Dubai in February 1990, the airline has carried over eight million passengers on the route, demonstrating the strong links between the Kingdom and the UAE.
Riyadh is one of Emirates Airline’s key gateways in Saudi Arabia. The route began with two services a week utilising a Boeing 727 aircraft, and in 1997, the service was upgraded to the larger Boeing 777. Demand progressively grew and in 2011, the daily service was upgraded to twice daily, in 2012 to three daily and in 2013 to four daily services.
Emirates Airline currently serves one of its daily flights to Riyadh with its latest Boeing 777-300ER aircraft, fitted with the game-changing first class suites, and another daily flight with its flagship A380.
Senior vice president commercial operations – Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia, Adil Al Ghaith commented: “Riyadh is a major market for Emirates in the Kingdom and the region. We are embarking on a real milestone as we celebrate 30 years of service to the Kingdom’s capital and we take great pride in the role we play in providing global connectivity both for business and leisure passengers through Dubai.
“Over the past three decades, we have introduced new products to Riyadh and provided award-winning inflight and on ground experiences to travellers,” he added.
Over 63 Saudi Arabian nationals are employed across the Emirates Group. The airline currently offers 81 weekly nonstop flights from four Saudi Arabian airports to Dubai, including Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Medina Al Munawarah.