Saudia

Saudia
Rating:

ICAO / IATA
SVA / SV

Country
Saudi Arabia

Established
1945

Website
http://www.saudiairlines.com

Fleet size
280 aircrafts

Average age
12.9 years

Saudia was established in 1945 in Saudi Arabia. Saudia operates 280 airplanes with average age of 12.9 years. The newest plane is built in 2017 and the oldest plane is built in 1971.

Saudia, or Saudi Arabian Airlines, is the national airline carrier of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. The main operational base of Saudia is at King Abdulaziz International Airport. Secondary hubs of the airline include King Khalid International Airport, Riyadh and King Fahd International Airport, Dammam. New Dammam airport opened for commercial use November 28, 1999. Dhahran Intl in use until then, was reverted into a military base.

Saudia is the 3rd largest airline in the Middle East, following Emirates and Qatar Airways, in terms of revenue. Saudi Arabian Airlines operates international and domestic scheduled flights to more than 85 destinations in Europe, North America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. International and domestic charter flights are operated, mainly during Ramadan and Hajj season.

Saudia

Saudia is an Arab Air Carriers Organization's member and joined SkyTeam airline alliance on May 29, 2012. On this date the airline reverted to Saudia, its abbreviated English brand name (used between 1972-1996) from Saudi Arabian Airlines (used until 1971, reintroduced in 1997) to celebrate its entry into SkyTeam, and it was part of a greater rebranding initiative.

In April 2016, the airline announced the creation of Flyadeal, its low-cost subsidiary. It was launched as part of the SV2020 Transformation Strategy of Saudia Group, intending to transform the units of the group into world-class organisations by 2020. Beginning flights in mid-2017, Flyadeal currently serves regional and domestic destinations.

Saudi Arabian Airlines Classes

  • First Suite (fully-enclosed private suite). Saudia provides 1500 hours non-stop HD entertainment available on 23 in (58 cm) HD Screens while passengers are relaxing on 82-inch (208 cm) long seats. A specious 24 in x 24.5 in table and Wi-Fi service are also offered. With a touch of a button Saudia's cabin crew is at passengers' service to prepare their beds complete with mattresses and pillows while guests slip into their pyjamas designed by Porsche Design. First Suite amenities are designed by Porsche Design for gentlemen and Furla for ladies. Saudia's inflight magazine is named Ahlan Wasahlan ("Hello and Welcome").
  • First (First Class seats providing generous space). In some of Saudia aircrafts the seats recline to up to 180 deg. Via fully electronic control, adjustable headrest and foot rest, passengers will be able to secure comfortable position. Sleeping suits are provided on long-haul flights. Overnight kits are also offered to all First Class passengers during the flight. All seats are equipped with monitors reaching up to 23 in (58 cm) on some aircrafts. The entertainment system provides a total of 40 stations of video on-demand on some aircrafts. The "airshow" allows passengers to chart their flight's progress. The constantly updated map reads information from the navigational system of the airplane and displays it on the screen.
  • Business (wide enough seats with ample seat pitches and generous recline). Headrests feature adjustable padded wings while the seats are ergonomically-designed to ensure stable lumbar support. Overnight kits are offered to all passengers. All seats are equipped with monitors reaching up to 15 in (38 cm) on some aircrafts. The entertainment system provides a total of 40 stations of video on-demand on some aircrafts. The "airshow" allows passengers to chart their flight's progress. The constantly updated map reads information from the navigational system of the airplane and displays it on the screen.
  • Guest (comfortable and spacious seats, with seat pitches of 34 in (86 cm). Headrests feature padded wings which can be adjusted. A touch of a button provides the best seating position, via manually-operated lumbar support recline and footrests. Guest Class seats feature "Articulated Movement", which is unique to Saudia, and enables automatic seat adaptation to body movements. Overnight kits are offered to all passengers. All seats are equipped with monitors reaching up to 9 in (23 cm) on some aircrafts. The entertainment system provides a total of 40 stations of video on-demand on some aircrafts. The "airshow" allows passengers to chart their flight's progress. The constantly updated map reads information from the navigational system of the airplane and displays it on the screen.

Saudia travel classes

Baggage

  • First Class and Business Class passengers are allowed to carry 2 pieces of baggage, each weighing maximum 25 kg (55 lbs).
  • Guest Class passengers are allowed to carry 1 piece of baggage weighing maximum 25 kg (55 lbs).
  • SkyTeam (Elite Plus/Elite) and Saudia Alfursan (Gold/Silver) members are allowed to carry 1 extra piece of baggage not exceeding 23 kg (50 lbs) in addition to the free checked in baggage according to the travel class.

In case any piece of baggage weighs over 25 kg (55 lbs), with maximum of 32 kg (70 lbs) the passenger will be requested to redistribute the baggage contents in order for its total weight to fall within carrier's limits. In case the pieces of baggage exceed the weight limit, the traveller will be requested to pay a SAR140 fee for each piece over the limit. And similarly, in case the number of pieces is over the limit but the total weight is within the limit, a SAR140 fee will also be applied to each piece of baggage.

The standard dimensions for all bags shouldn't exceed 158 cm (62 inch) for Saudia domestic flights.

Boarding

  • Passengers have to make sure their passport is valid for at least six months from the date of their travel until the return date. In some cases, prior to the flight they must obtain the required visa to the country they are travelling to. Some countries require entry & exit or transit visa, so passengers must review all requirements beforehand. 
  • Web and mobile check-in are available for all Saudia domestic and selected international flights.
  • Domestic flights' guests must be at the airport two hours prior to departure, while international flights' guests must be at the airport three hours prior to departure.
  • Check-in for domestic flights is closed 45 minutes before the scheduled departure, while check-in for international flights is closed 1 hour before the scheduled departure.
  • Departure gates on domestic flights are closed 15 minutes prior to the scheduled departure, while on international flights 20 minutes prior to the scheduled departure.
  • Passengers who have baggage to check have to report to baggage drop counter or vacant counter 2 hours before scheduled departure time to complete acceptance of the baggage.
  • Passengers must proceed to the departure lounge once their check-in procedures are finished to ensure timely boarding.
  • When boarding is announced, they must be present at the assigned boarding gate.

Saudia food and drinks

Food & Drinks

Saudia in-flight meals are prepared in accordance with world-class standards. The results of the process are tasty 5-star menus prepared under the very strictest standards of food hygiene and safety. The catering service of the airline, Saudia Catering, has carved an international reputation for quality.

Saudia passengers must have in mind that no pork or alcoholic beverages are served onboard carrier's aircraft in accordance with Islamic dietary laws. Some aircraft also provide specialized prayer areas.

  • First Suite Dining: offers fine, a la carte dining, with a Chef Onboard. Guests enjoy sumptuous 4-course menu fused with traditional flavors in the privacy of their suite.
  • First Class Dining: the Al-Faris Executive Meal is offered to passengers whenever they are ready to have meals. Saudia is a member of Chaine des Rotisseurs, symbol of excellence in international cuisine. First Class welcome awaits passengers even before take-off and a selection of refreshing and fresh fruit juices is served while the rest of the travellers board. Succulent dates and cardamom-flavored Arabic coffee are offered shortly after take-off. First Class cuisine is served on fine china with a choice of Arabic, Western, vegetarian option, and a dish from the destination country. Six hors d'oeuvres are available, including a couple of hot choices and caviar. Traditional soup is also served with multiple entrees. There is also a choice of ice cream or hot dessert, and tea or coffee, including cappuccino and espresso. 
  • Business Class Dining: a warm welcome is offered through dates and cardamom-flavored Arabic coffee, as well as a selection of fresh fruit juices. Diverse international cuisine features Arabic, Western, vegetarian option, and a dish from the destination country. Three choices of hors d'oeuvres are available along with traditional soup. There is also a choice of ice cream or hot dessert, and tea or coffee, including cappuccino and espresso. 
  • Guest Class Dining: International cuisine features Arabic, Western, vegetarian option, and a dish from the destination country. A set of salad with dressing and hors d'oeuvres, with a choice of 3 entrees are offered along with suitable accompaniments. There is also a choice of ice cream or hot dessert, and tea or coffee, including cappuccino and espresso.
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HZ-AQ23 Airbus A330-300 2017 1 year -
HZ-AK44 Boeing 777-300ER 2017 1 year -
HZ-AR13 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 2017 1 year -
HZ-AK41 Boeing 777-300ER 2017 1 year -
HZ-AQ24 Airbus A330-300 2017 1 year -
HZ-ARG Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 2017 1 year -
HZ-AS57 Airbus A320 2017 1 year -
HZ-AQ22 Airbus A330-300 2017 1 year -
HZ-ARH Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 2017 1 year -
HZ-ARF Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 2017 1 year -
HZ-AR11 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 2017 1 year -
HZ-AK45 Boeing 777-300ER 2017 1 year -
HZ-AQ26 Airbus A330-300 2017 1 year -
HZ-ARE Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 2017 1 year -
HZ-AK42 Boeing 777-300ER 2017 1 year -
HZ-AK43 Boeing 777-300ER 2017 1 year -
HZ-AS56 Airbus A320 2017 1 year -
HZ-AS55 Airbus A320 2017 1 year -
HZ-AQ25 Airbus A330-300 2017 1 year -
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