JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia–Saudi Arabian Airlines has announced plans to expand its operations to more than 200 destinations worldwide with minimum connections. “We want to reinforce our presence in Europe, North America, Asia, especially in China and Indonesia as well as to open new markets in Russia, Mexico, Japan, Vietnam, Taiwan and Czech Republic,” said Abdul Aziz Al-Hazmi, CEO of Saudia. A future flight between Riyadh and Mexico City will be the first between Northern Latin America and the Middle East (Emirates and Qatar Airways do operate to Brazil).
MEXICO CITY, Mexico — Japanese flag carrier JAL (Japan Airlines) President Yoshiharu Ueki assured the airline will start future operations to Mexico City from Tokyo. JAL was founded in 1951 and operates a fleet of 279 airplanes to 220 destinations in 35 countries. The airline plans to extend its route system up to 25% until 2017.
QUITO, Ecuador. — The Ecuadorian flag carrier TAME (Transportes Aereos Militares del Ecuador) is expanding it’s route strudure within South America. The airline now operates flights from Quito and Guayaquil to Bogota, Caracas, Panama and Sao Paulo. Rafael Farias, TAME’s General Manager has informed the airline has plans to start flight operations to Mexico City, San Jose and to New York-JFK with an Airbus A-330 wide body aircraft. After AeroGal (Aerolineas Galapagos) suspended services to the U.S., the Ecuadorian government has been trying to restore the air links between Quito and Guayaquil with New York and Miami.