Emirates Airline has announced its participation at the first ever Saudi International Airshow, taking place from March 12-13, 2019, at Al Thumamah Airport in Riyadh, where the airline will showcase its flagship Airbus A380 aircraft.
The popular double-decker aircraft will be on display to give visitors the opportunity to tour its interior and experience its award-winning products across all classes, including Emirates Airline’s refreshed onboard lounge.
The airshow is the first international aviation and aerospace exhibition of its kind in Saudi Arabia.
Senior vice president, commercial operations – Gulf, Middle East and Iran, Emirates Airline, Adil Al Ghaith stated: “Emirates is proud to be part of the Saudi International Airshow, a milestone event which will help connect the global aviation and aerospace industry to Saudi Arabia.
“The A380 aircraft being showcased during the Airshow demonstrates our commitment to the Kingdom, as it grows and develops its aviation landscape and elevates its position on the regional and global stage to unlock further growth,” he added.
The air transport sector plays a major role in the growth of the Saudi Arabian economy through direct, indirect and induced contributions, accounting for $34 billion to its overall GDP and supporting over 500,000 jobs, according to a 2017 Oxford Economics report supported by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
The Saudi Vision 2030 continues to herald a number of opportunities for the Kingdom to grow its aviation infrastructure, as well as its connectivity for robust future traffic growth, both domestically and internationally.
Emirates Airline has been adding economic value by facilitating tourism and trade in the Kingdom for over 30 years, when it first started services to Jeddah. Since then, the airline has gradually developed its services to include Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah and today serves Saudi Arabia with 84 weekly flights. The airline has also carried close to 24 million passengers from its four gateways, connecting travellers to destinations across its network.