The airline was founded in September 1946 as a fully owned government agency under the control of the Ministry of Defense, with TWA running the airline under a management contract. From the beginning, Jeddah-Kandara airport—very near the town centre—served as the flag carrier"s main base. Among the airline"s early operations was a special flight from Lydda in Palestine (today Lod in Israel, site of Ben-Gurion International Airport), a British Mandate at that time, to carry Hajj pilgrims to Jeddah.
The slow but steady growth continued during the 1950s and services were inaugurated to Istanbul, Karachi, Amman, Kuwait City, Asmara, and Port Sudan. The fleet also saw a small growth during the 1950s. In 1959, the airline"s first maintenance center was inaugurated in Jeddah. Also during this decade, the very important air link between Jeddah and Riyadh saw improvement.
On 19 February 1963, the airline became a registered company, with King Faisal of Saudi Arabia signing the papers that declared Saudi Arabian a fully independent company. The carrier"s name was changed to Saudia on 1 April 1972. On 8 October 2000, Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud, the Saudi Minister of Defence & Aviation, signed a contract to conduct studies for the privatisation of Saudi Arabian Airlines. In preparation for this, the airline was restructured to allow non-core units to be transformed into commercial units and profit centres. In April 2005, the Saudi government indicated that the airline may also lose its monopoly on domestic services.
About the airline
Saudi Arabian Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in JeddahThe airline"s main operational base is at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED). Other major hubs are Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport (RUH), and Dammam-King Fahd International Airport (DMM). Saudi Arabian Airlines is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
It operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 90 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Domestic and international charter flights are operated, mostly during Ramadan and the Hajj season.
Saudi Arabian Airlines operates the following aircrafts: 6 Airbus A300-600R, 35 Airbus A320-200, 11 Airbus A321-200, 12 Airbus A330-300, 7 Boeing 747-300, 10 Boeing 747-400, 23 Boeing 777-200ER, 4 Boeing 777-300ER and 15 Embraer E-170.
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The cheapest flights offered by Saudi Arabian Air is for the route Flights from Paris to Rome, and the longest flight is on route Flights from Paris to Rome which takes 2h 5m.
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