Saudi Arabian Airlines transported a record 13.5 million passengers in 2000, the airline reported Saturday, April 21, after taking delivery of two new Boeing planes.
The airline's director general Khaled Abdullah Ben Bakr was quoted by the official SPA agency as saying: "The company transported a record 13.5 million passengers, as well as 250,000 tons of goods in 2000."
He also said the airline had received two Boeing planes — one 400/747 and one 200/777 — as part of a $7.5-billion deal signed in 1996 with Boeing and McDonnell Douglas for 61 aircraft.
Saudi Arabian Airlines, which recorded more than three billion dollars in revenue in 1999 and has a 129-strong fleet, is the largest airline in the Middle East, Africa and south Asia with a modern fleet of 126 planes. — (AFP, Riyadh)
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