Riyadh Air and Air China signing of memorandum of understanding

Riyadh Air and Air China to Strengthen Relations Following the Signing of MoU at IATA AGM in Dubai

Riyadh Air, national airline of Saudi Arabia, has signined of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Air China, Chinese national flag carrier, on June 3, 2024, at the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dubai.

Following the success of the recently started Air China flights between Beijing and Riyadh, both airlines signed the MoU to reflect the relationship between Saudi Arabia and China and their developing economic and political ties.

Both airlines will work together on potential cooperation in business subjects, including interline traffic, codeshare and more.

Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air, said: “Our partnership with Air China, a leading global carrier with a vast network in key Chinese markets, complements Riyadh Air’s ambitious future plans.

“This MoU represents a significant step towards establishing a long-term partnership that will facilitate seamless travel for passengers between China and the Middle East and beyond.

“Together, we will solidify our positions as vital links, further strengthening the economic and cultural ties between our regions, and aligning with both China’s Belt and Road Initiatives and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030.”

Ma ChongXian, Chairman of Air China, said: “As China’s economic influence continues to grow, contributing a significant share of global GDP, Riyadh Air is positioned as a strategic gateway for Chinese passengers seeking connections to the Middle East.

“The two airlines aim to play a critical role in facilitating trade and tourism exchanges, aligning with both nations’ ambitious development plans.

“The signing of this MoU marks the beginning of a mutually beneficial partnership between two flagship carriers connecting the two capitals.

“With a focus on network expansion and collaboration, both airlines will work together to deepen their cooperation and achieve long-term success.”