Malaysia Airlines has announced the introduction of twice-weekly flights to the Saudi Arabian city of Dammam from next month.
The route, which includes a stopover in Dubai, will commence on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting 5th May 2010.
"We are excited to announce this latest destination, which further strengthens our Middle East network. In many ways, Dammam has evolved as the link between Saudi Arabia and the outside world, exporting the Kingdom's products and importing its needs and thriving on the interaction between Saudi Arabia and other countries,” commented Malaysia Airlines CEO Tengku Dato' Azmil Zahruddin.
"It is not only a major oil producing and exporting area, but also a commercial and shipping center. With the introduction of Dammam as a new destination, Malaysia Airlines will be providing a vital link for those conducting business in the city," he added.
Malaysia Airlines currently operates flights into Dubai, Jeddah, Istanbul and Beirut. It also serves Abu Dhabi, Cairo, Bahrain, Doha, Kuwait and Muscat via code share partners Etihad, Gulf Air, Qatar Airlines and Egypt Air.
The airline recently firmed up orders with Airbus for up to 25 A330-300 widebody aircraft, covering the firm order of 15 A330-300 with options for another 10. It also placed new orders for up to four A330-200F freighters comprising two firm orders and another 2 options.
"This is in line with our strategy to continuously invest in human capital, systems as well as infrastructure to grow this year through the modernization of our fleet and expansion of capacity with additional frequencies and new destinations,” added Zahruddin. "The new A330s aircraft is expected to add capacity and will enable us to offer more frequencies to key destinations as well as fly to new destinations in the Middle East, including Dammam.”