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Saudia to Operate Air Taxi Service from Jeddah

Written by Juergen Steinmetz

Saudi Arabian Airlines is planning to transport Hajj pilgrims between King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah and hotels in Makkah.

For this, the airline will purchase around 100 aircraft to operate the service.

Saudi Arabian Airlines aims to enhance transport for Hajj pilgrims by introducing air taxis as a new mode of transportation between Jeddah and Makkah. To support this initiative, the airline plans to acquire approximately 100 aircraft. Abdullah Al-Shahrani, director of corporate communications and spokesman of the Saudia Group, disclosed the airline’s preparations for utilizing air taxis during the Hajj season.

The Saudia Group purchased 100 Lilium jets, German electric vertical take-off, and landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

Flying taxis, as mentioned by Al-Shahrani, can carry between four to six passengers. With its low carbon emissions and environmentally friendly design, the Lilium aircraft presents a viable option for sustainable air travel and reducing flight times. It can cover a maximum distance of 250 km.

Saudi Airlines plans to acquire approximately 100 aircraft in order to establish an innovative service that will connect multiple travel destinations using advanced electric planes. This unique offering, specifically designed for its guests, will be complemented by dedicated air routes connecting the main airports operated by Saudia.

The aircraft, as per his statement, boasts a distinct cabin with various seating arrangements available. It is renowned for its generous interiors tailored to cater to the discerning needs of exclusive passengers in search of top-notch travel experiences.

The air taxi has no set schedule. It is a small commercial aircraft that makes short flights on demand.