1998 News Story

Prince Sultan attends launch of new SAA planes

Prince Sultan Ibn Abdul Aziz, Second Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Defense and Aviation, and Inspector-General, yesterday patronized the reception organized by Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) to mark the launching of the new additions to its fleet of aircraft.   The first of these planes were delivered on December 25, 1997, and the last batch is expected by the year 2001.
Speaking on the occasion, SAA Director Dr. Khaled Ibn Bakr commented that the new aircraft incorporate special areas for prayer, and noted that all state-of-the-art safety features are available.
Prince Sultan stated that the cost of the new planes exceeds six billion U.S. dollars, financing for which is underway and agreements signed with a number of banks.  Commenting on the inauguration of the new King Fahd International Airport, he said that this will take place before the end of next year.