March 26 - Saudi Airlines Cargo - the air freight arm of Saudia Airlines - has added its first two B747-8 freighters to its fleet.
Saudi Airlines Cargo now operates 15 freighter aircraft. The company claims that the new arrivals will enhance its position in the global market place, in keeping with its current growth strategy.
The first B747-8F was delivered in March and will enter revenue-generating service in May 2013. The second aircraft is scheduled to join the fleet in June 2013. Both freighters will serve the Asia-Europe market.
"We are extremely excited to be taking delivery of our first two Boeing 747-8F aircraft," commented Mohammed Linjawi, vice president operations, Saudia Cargo.
"Not only is this one of the best aircraft in the world in terms of air freight performance, it can also accommodate 15 tonnes more than the Boeing 747-400 currently in use," he added.