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Saudi Airlines Saudia is headquartered in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The airline flies to 118 destinations all over the world, and has 465 routes. Saudi Airlines Saudia commenced operations in 1945, and they currently have 153 jets in their fleet. The slogan of the airline is "Welcome to your world".
Saudi Airlines, (IATA code SV) also known as Saudia, Saudia Airlines and Saudi Arabian Airlines, have undergone a number of branding changes over the years and evolved to become a global airline.
Commencing operations in 1945 the airline launched with a single twin-engine DC-3 (Dakota), registered as HZ-AAX. As the first aircraft in the Saudia fleet, it was a gift from U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt to King Abdul Aziz. A few months later the government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia purchased two additional DC-3s setting a foundation for growth of the Saudi Airlines fleet. Initially Saudi Airlines operated from Kandara, a small town which today is near the downtown area of the city of Jeddah.
It was from here that Saudi Airlines flew pilgrims to perform Hajj from destinations such as Palestine and were granted permission to fly charter flights to London in the United Kingdom.
In the ten years that followed Saudi Airlines experienced immense growth securing a number of new aircraft and adding many new destinations including Cairo, Damascus and Beirut.
Their growth depended on growing their fleet to accommodate longer haul services with higher frequencies. Douglas DC-4s were purchased; their longer range opening operations to additional Middle Eastern destinations. With these new aircraft Saudi Airlines began services to Amman and Karachi, Port Sudan, Asmara, Istanbul and Kuwait.
By the time Saudia celebrated it’s tenth anniversary they had extended services to all cities within the Kingdom, connecting both Riyadh and Jeddah regional hubs with shuttle services between the two cities.
In 1962 Saudi Airlines was the first Middle Eastern Airline to operate commercial jetliners introducing B720-Bs into service. By Royal Decree No. 45, dated February 19, 1963, signed by King Faisal, Saudi Arabian Airlines was established. The airline became autonomous, managed by a Board of Directors and chaired by the Minister of Defense and Aviation.
In the late 1960’s Saudi Arabian Airlines became the founding member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and opened new routes to Tunis, Rabat and Tripoli (all via Beirut). They also added European connections to Geneva, Frankfurt and London.
In 1972 Saudi Arabian Airlines as it was known then, adopted a new livery and changed its name to Saudia. Saudia flew to 49 destinations over three continents. They took delivery of five 737-200s which replaced the DC-9s, Convair 340s and DC-3s. By renewing their fleet, Saudia possessed the most modern fleet in the entire Middle East region. Their fleet consisted of two B-707s, two B-720s and five 737-200s, which would later grow to a total of twenty aircraft.
In the mid 70’s additional new routes opened including Paris and Muscat, plus a direct Medina-Karachi route. New aircraft orders (a total of 20) were placed for wide bodied Tri-stars 214 seater aircraft. On June 1 Saudia took delivery of their first 747-200B and commenced services to Athens, Kano and Stockholm.
During the 1980’s Saudia continued on their growth path inaugurating the first 747 long-haul service from Jeddah to New York. This resulted in Saudia as the only airline with nonstop services spanning four continents; linking Asia and America, and flying Africa and Europe in between.
In 1987 Saudi Airlines pioneered a smoking ban on domestic flights of less than two hours.
In the 90’s Saudia was the first carrier globally to introduce reading material in Braille for blind passengers.
On October 8th 2000 H.R.H. Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Defense & Aviation, signed the contract to conduct the study to privatize the airline. In 2001 Saudia received it’s 61st Boeing 777 new generation aircraft.
Saudi Arabian Airlines' new Golden Service launched to Europe, the U.S., Dubai and Kuala Lumpur. Flights to Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's north west province, began October 27th with three weekly flights.
In 2005 the Director General of IATA advised that Saudi Arabian Airlines was number one among 43 global airlines on ‘Operational Safety Audits’, and in the same year carried a record 16 million passengers.
In 2010 Saudia launched mobile and Internet services on its Airbus A330 flights, and was one of the first airlines in the world to do so.
In 2011, Saudi Arabian Airlines signed an initial agreement to join SkyTeam Global Alliance, which currently has a membership of 15 airlines. Saudia is proud of their professional service and One Time Performance and in 2013 they were ranked second in the world for most on-time flights of an airline flying across multiple continents with an average on-time performance of 90.46 percent.
On March 31, 2014 Saudia launched its first flight to Los Angeles, marking the airline's third destination in the US.
In January 2016, 65 Saudia pilots qualified to fly the new B787-9 Dreamliner which the airline is planning to deploy on international routes such as Dubai, Istanbul, Paris, Manchester and Casablanca.
In October of 2016 Saudia Airlines took delivery of their first A330-300 Regional, making Saudia the global launch customer for this aircraft type. The A330-300 Regional is optimized to seat up to 400 passengers.
By 2020 Saudia will have grown its fleet from their current size of 119 aircraft to an impressive 200 new-age aircraft "Welcome to your world", welcome on board Saudia Airlines, the national airline of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
King Abdulaziz road and Alrawdah street
Jeddah - Saudi Arabia
From KSA: 920022222
From outside KSA: +966 2 686 1238
HeadquartersJeddah, Saudi Arabia
SloganWelcome to your world