Saudi airline begins Houston service

Saudi airline begins Houston service

Saudi Arabian Airlines Cargo began its first direct weekly service deploying a 747-200 freighter between Houston and Dammann and Jeddah on April 2.

"Freight arriving at our offices by the close of business Thursday will be in Saudi Arabia by Saturday," said Michel Zreik, the carrier's cargo sales manager in Houston. "This is a direct and speedy way to move cargo between Houston and Saudi Arabia."

"With 5,000 energy industry businesses located in Houston there is a natural market for this cargo service," said Rick Vacar, director of the Houston Airport System.

"Houston shippers for many years have had to truck their cargo to other U.S. gateways to get their freight to Saudi Arabia and this service will help them," said Genaro Pena, marketing director for the airport system. "Our research shows there is a strong market for air-cargo service between Houston and Saudi Arabia."

Air France and Lufthansa operate freighter services to Houston that connect with Saudi Arabia via their hubs in Paris and Frankfurt, respectively. Polar Air Cargo and British Airways also serve the Mid-East from Houston. Polar flies to Kuwait via Halifax and British Airways to Dubai via London.