Riyadh Air is to collaborate with China Eastern Airlines, the two parties announced during International Air Transport Association (IATA) Annual General Meeting, with the strategic partnership to unlock “new travel options for underserved markets”.

“Our collaboration extends beyond conventional connectivity, fostering collaboration on digital  transformation, a critical area for Chinese airlines,” explained Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air. “Recognising China Eastern’s ongoing digitalisation efforts, Riyadh Air sees immense potential for knowledge sharing and technology development”.

The partnership will also facilitate connections between China Eastern Airlines’ Shanghai-based hub network and Riyadh Air’s future route network, elaborated Wang Zhiqing, chairman of China Eastern Airlines. “This will ease passenger transfers between China and regions such as the Middle East, Europe,  Africa, and South America, fostering new development and growth for both parties”.

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