Saudi Arabian Airlines (الخطوط الجوية العربية السعودية) operating as Saudia (Árabe: السعودية as-Saʿūdiyyah ) is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah.
Saudia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization. The airline joined the SkyTeam airline alliance on 29 Mayo 2012. The airline used to be the largest carrier in the region, but because of the growth of other airports and airlines has become the third largest, behind Emirates and Qatar Airways. The airline reverted to its abbreviated English brand name Saudia (used from 1972 Para 1996) from Saudi Arabian Airlines (historic name in use until 1971 and reintroduced in 1997) en 29 Mayo 2012; the name was changed to celebrate the company’s entry into the SkyTeam airline alliance on that day, and it was a part of a larger rebranding initiative. It operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 90 destinations in the Middle East, África, Asia, Europa y América del norte. Domestic and international charter flights are operated, mostly during Ramadan and the Hajj season. The 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). The new Dammam airport was opened for commercial use on 28 Noviembre 1999. Dhahran International Airport in use until then, has reverted to being used as a military base.
The inflight magazine of Saudi Arabian Airlines is called Ahlan Wasahlan (Árabe: أهلاً وسهلاً “Hello and Welcome”). No alcoholic beverages or pork are served on board in accordance with Islamic dietary laws.
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