In keeping with the kingdom’s 2030 vision, SACC (Saudi Airlines Catering Company) strengthened its positions in 2017 enabling it to sustain regular growth.
All activities were able to benefit from a consolidation dynamic, starting with Inflight, and the Jeddah production unit which beat all previous records, handling 302 flights per day on September 9th, 2017, and 122,056 meals on September 7th. These gures also highlight the operational ef ciency developed by the SACC teams, which also encouraged the development of hotel services for paying airport lounges, such as Wellcome Lounge (with the opening of the third location at Prince Mohammed international airport in Medina) or the Lounge Café now open in Riyadh, Majmaa and Qassim SAR Train stations.
Regional commercial development for the In ight activity in 2017 saw promising success with Flynas, Oman Air, Flyadeal and Himalaya Airlines in particular.
We should also note that unlike the worldwide trend, duty free sales saw a significant increase following reorganisation of the offer, in particular through the Skysales brand and openings in the duty-free spaces and duty paid shops at Al Qaqqim, Hail, Tabuk and Al Baha airports and in more original places such as King Abdulziz university in Jeddah.
In the Catering & Facilities segments, the Saudi Laundry activity reached its cruising speed after the setting up of its complex (capacity of 40 tonnes of laundry per day) serving the Jeddah and Mecca markets. True to their tradition as an innovative actor, after several months of tests and development, the Newrest Saudi teams had government authorities validated a digital solution to assist meal service for pilgrims during the Hajj and Umrah periods.
To finish this year, we should note the arrival of SACC on-board trains for the SROT operating on the line between Riyadh, Hofo and Dammam, enabling them to position themselves well for future developments in the kingdom in this sector of activity.