Saudia makes first direct flight from KSA to LA
Saudi Arabian Airlines launch their first direct flight to Los Angeles
The California City of Los Angeles has officially become the only direct flight from Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) when the country’s flag carrier, Saudi Arabian Airlines Flight 21 (SV 21), touched down at Tom Bradley International Airport around 9.50 a.m. Tuesday.
A Saudi delegation, headed by Saudia’s Chief Executive Officer and Director General Designate Abdulaziz Alhazmi, ushered in its inaugural flight. The group was greeted at Gate 134 of the newly-renovated Tom Bradley Terminal by a small crowd including Saudi Consul General in Los Angeles Dr. Faisal Al-Sudairy; Saudi Arabian Airlines’ Vice President of Passenger Sales Khalid Albalawi; and General Manager of Passenger Sales & Service North & South America, Abdullah Alhuwaivi, as well as Los Angeles Airport Deputy Executive Director Samson Mengistu, managers, and staff of Los Angeles World Airports, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, TSA, other airlines, and Saudi Arabian Airlines local and regional staff.
In his speech, Alhazmi reaffirmed the airline’s intention to further expand its presence in the American market with LAX being the third U.S. destination and the fourth in North America.
SV Flight 21, which flew direct from Riyadh with a stop in Jeddah arrived at (LAX) 10 minutes ahead of schedule, making its landing an historic one - the very first nonstop scheduled flight between Saudi Arabia and the Western U.S.
The inbound flight carried a total of 247 passengers – 22 in First Class, 27 in Business Class, and 198 in Guest Class. The outbound flight SV 42 had in total boarded 258 passengers – 21 in First Class, 32 in Business Class, and 205 in Guest Class - on board Saudi Arabian Airlines' history-making flight.
The outbound flight SV 42 had total boarded passengers of 258 – 21 in First Class, 32 in Business Class and 205 in Guest Class.
Alhazmi and the Saudi Arabian Airlines executives also visited the SkyTeam Lounge, operated by Korean Airlines and the Saudi Arabia Airlines Station Office at the Tom Bradley International Terminal.
For its maiden voyage from Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles, Saudi Arabian Airlines used its new Boeing 777-300ER. Saudi Arabia’s flag carrier said it will operate 3 flights weekly between Saudi Arabia and Los Angeles - Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The flight will originate from the capital city Riyadh, stopping over in Jeddah before flying nonstop to Los Angeles.
This article was first published in Saudi Gazette on April 1, 2014.