Saudi Arabian Airlines functions under the name of Saudia. This is its abbreviated English brand name which it took on to commemorate its membership with the SkyTeam Airline Alliance. Its main operational base is the Jeddah-King Abdul Aziz International Airport. It also has hubs at Riyadh - King Khalid International Airport and Damman-King Fahd International Airport.
Saudi Airlines began in 1945 operating with a single twin-engine Dakota which was gifted to King Abdul Aziz by US President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Today, the brand operates around 109 aircrafts of high class and is well on its way to being among the best airlines in the world.
Saudi Air has won several awards over the years - distinct among them are its special needs awards like the "Diamond Award 2000 for Autistic Meal", "Award of Merit Appreciation 2000", both from the Onboard Services Magazine, USA. In 2004, it won the Silver MENA Travel Award for "Outstanding achievement of Best ME & NA Airlines".
Saudi Air online booking can be done for over 90 destinations and it flies a range of aircraft. It has 4 Boeing 747-400, 23 Boeing 777-200, 6 Boeing 777-300ER, 35 Airbus 320, 15 Airbus 321, 8 Airbus 330 and 15 Embraer 170. In the Middle East, the airline flies to Dubai - UAE, Abu Dhabi, Amman, Bahrain, Beirut and Doha.
Within Saudi Arabia it operates flights to Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam and Madinah.
There are several additional services on offer on all Saudi Air flights. Free oxygen services are provided on board when needed. For patients with renal failure, 240 kg extra of weight for medicine and equipment is provided. Pregnant women are also well taken care of. Self-service kiosks are also available that will help with the printing of boarding passes up to 24 hours before flight. The screens at the kiosks are self-explanatory.
Three classes of travel are available - First, Business and Guest Class. In-flight cuisine is based on sectors travelled. Special diets and healthy alternatives are on offer. Sample menus can be viewed online. In-flight entertainment is state-of-the-art with personal video screens and integrated sound systems. Passengers also have the option of shopping on board.
Saudi airlines baggage allowance is based on sector travelled and class of travel. For domestic flights, guest class passengers can carry 1 bag of 25 kg maximum. First and Business Class passengers can carry 2 pieces of luggage 25 kg each. Members of the Saudia Al-Fursan Club are allowed 1 bag of 25 kg extra.
On international flights, particularly for the Middle East sector First class passengers are allowed 2 bags of 32 kg each and the same applies to Business Class. Guest Class passengers are entitled to 1 bag of 32 kg or 2 bags of 23 kg each. Al-Fursan members are entitled to an extra bag of 23 kg. The maximum dimension of each bag should not exceed 62 inches. For more details about baggage policy, click here.
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