Saudia Airlines, formerly known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. The airline's main hub is at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport. Saudia Airlines also owns the airline Flyadeal, which specialises in low-cost flights.
Saudia Airlines was founded in 1945 and initially operated domestic flights. Over the years, it has grown to become one of the largest airlines in the Middle East and a key player in the global aviation industry.
Saudia flies to many destinations, including Abha, Abu Dhabi, Al Ahsa, Al Baha, Al Ula, Wedjh, Al-Jawf, Lahore, Arar, Istanbul, Bisha, Bangalore, Alexandria, Cairo, Paris, Chennai, Surabaya, Kuala Lumpur, Medan, Kuwait City, Rome, Male, Algiers, Doha, Gurayat and many others.
The airline is a SkyTeam alliance member. Saudia Airlines has codeshare agreements with Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and XiamenAir.
Saudia's fleet is a diverse mix of narrow-body and wide-body aircraft, such as the Airbus A320, A321, A330 and A321neo, as well as Boeing 777 and 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The airline continually updates its fleet to enhance passenger comfort and fuel efficiency.
Saudia Airlines has introduced new routes connecting the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia, revolutionising travel between the two countries and offering more convenience for frequent travellers. Embark on a remarkable journey with Saudia, where you can luxuriate in the elegance and comfort of their state-of-the-art Boeing 777s and 787s. Impeccably designed to whisk you away to your destination, these aircraft promise a travel experience like no other.
When flying with Saudia, there are various restrictions and rules that need to be followed regarding carry-on baggage and checked baggage. The baggage allowance will vary depending on what route you're flying, what cabin class you're flying in and what fare you have purchased. Take a look below at the specific weight and dimension limits for each cabin class and route.
Saudia Airlines offers customers three classes in most of its aircraft: First Class, Business Class and Economy (Guest) class.
On long-haul flights, passengers in First Class are given sleeping suits so they can change and be totally relaxed and comfortable. Saudi Arabian Airlines is a member of the prestigious Chaine des Roitsseurs, a symbol of Executive Meal that is served whenever they are ready to have their meal.
Saudi Arabian Airlines’ In-flight Entertainment features the latest state-of-the-art technology aimed at fulfilling passengers’ entertainment needs especially on long-haul flights.
Saudia's Economy Class, also known as Guest Class, provides comfortable seating and enjoyable entertainment.
The entertainment system onboard includes special monitors, with some screens reaching up to 9 inches. Passengers have complete control over their entertainment choices using a remote control. The system offers an extensive range of options, including up to 24 video-on-demand stations, over 12 audio stations and a selection of video games.
To add convenience to the journey, Saudia's SkySales catalogue allows passengers to make in-flight purchases.
The seats offer an impressive seat pitch of 34 inches, surpassing the standards of many other airlines' Economy Classes. Passengers can easily adjust the headrests with padded wings for maximum comfort and the seats feature manual footrests and lumbar support recline. Saudia also has its innovative "Articulated Movement" feature which automatically adapts the seats to the passenger's movements during the flight.
Saudia business class flights give passengers access to a variety of airport and in-flight amenities that are not available to Premium Economy or Economy ticket holders. When you travel Business Class with Saudia, you can experience the exclusivity and outstanding treatment starting at the airport and continuing all the way to your destination.
Please note that some amenities and facilities may differ depending on the aircraft you're travelling in.
Priority Check-In, Security & Boarding
Saudia Business Class passengers can enjoy a number of special services including priority at check-in, security and boarding. Business Class passengers can travel as lightly as they want, thanks to the generous baggage allowance.
Airport Lounge Access
Saudia is a member of the SkyTeam global airline alliance meaning that passengers can enjoy a number of facilities when travelling in Business and First Class with a number of partner airlines. In the airport lounges, you'll get access to complimentary Wi-Fi, delicious treats, a relaxation area, shower facilities, a kids' room and much more.
Saudia Business Class passengers can enjoy a wide range of movies, TV shows, music and games. Saudia is proud to announce that it offers ‘Audio Descriptive Movies’ for visually impaired passengers. In addition to that, the airline also offers ‘Closed Caption Movies’ for Saudia's hearing-impaired guests.
Seats / Flatbed
The Super Diamond seat also known as Saudia's Business Class cabin is available in the B77Z aircraft. Each seat in Saudia's Business Class cabin comes with a fully adjustable electric seat that can be converted into a wide long flat bed.
Each seat has a 17-inch wide HD screen monitor which offers over 3500 hours of entertainment. Passengers also have touchscreen panel which enables them to have complete control over the seat.
Food and Beverages
Saudia Business Class passengers are allowed to follow their own schedule. Passengers can choose any meal available from a diverse set menu. The food options available will vary depending on the destination which you're flying to/from.
Those travelling in Business Class with Saudia will be given a personal care kit during the flights. Children's bags are also provided, which include books, games and other goodies that will keep them entertained during the flight.
When you buy first-class tickets with Saudia, you unlock a host of exceptional privileges that go beyond standard fares, ensuring a lavish and spacious First Class cabin, an exquisite culinary journey, enhanced in-flight entertainment choices, exclusive lounge access, spa treatments and more. Saudia's First Class cabin redefines luxury, offering expansive and private suites with lie-flat seats for ultimate comfort and restful sleep throughout your travel. Experience a range of premium amenities such as plush bedding, high-end toiletries and stylish amenity kits to elevate your journey.
Enjoy an unbeatable gourmet dining experience tailored to your preferences with Saudia. You can delight in an array of exquisite dishes crafted by award-winning chefs, complemented by a selection of fine wines and premium beverages to enhance your culinary exploration. Saudia's First Class also offers an on-demand dine-in service, granting you the freedom to order your favourite meals whenever you desire during your flight.
You can even enjoy your pre-flight experience with exclusive lounge access, featuring serene spaces, fine dining options and rejuvenating spa treatments, all designed to ensure ultimate relaxation and luxury before you take off.
Keep reading to find out what's included in your Saudia First Class ticket in more detail.
Saudia's First Class seats provide a luxurious and exclusive travel experience. These spacious and private suites offer passengers the comfort of lie-flat beds for a restful journey, accompanied by premium amenities like soft bedding and enhanced in-flight entertainment. The first-class seats are equipped with electronic controls, footrests and adjustable headrests, allowing travellers to find their ideal position for relaxation. Additionally, the seats recline up to 180 degrees, ensuring a restful and comfortable journey.
Entertainment is a top priority and First Class passengers can enjoy a state-of-the-art high-tech entertainment system. The system includes monitors as large as 23" on some aircraft, with a wide range of entertainment options such as 24 stations of video-on-demand, over 12 audio stations and even video games. The unique "airshow" feature provides passengers with real-time flight progress information, including the direction of Al-Qiblah. Cameras offer captivating views through the pilot's perspective, enhancing the in-flight experience.
The culinary experience in Saudia's First Class cabin is exceptional, with gourmet dining served on fine china. The menu boasts a variety of multinational dishes, catering to diverse preferences, including Arabic, Western and vegetarian options. Passengers are treated to a sumptuous dining journey, complete with hors d'oeuvres, entrees and delectable desserts, culminating in tea, coffee and specialty beverages like espresso and cappuccino. For those who prefer flexibility, the Al-Faris Executive Meal allows passengers to dine on their schedule.
Saudia's First Class airport lounge offers an exclusive and refined pre-flight experience for passengers. With an elegant ambience, gourmet dining, rejuvenating spa treatments and quiet spaces, the lounge provides a haven of relaxation and luxury. Passengers can expect personalised service, convenience amenities and a sense of exclusivity, creating a relaxing environment to unwind and prepare for their journey.
Online check-in opens 48 hours before the scheduled departure time and closes a 1 hour before all flights depart. It's available for both domestic and international flights.
If you cannot check-in online, you can do so at the airport. The check-in counters will be open 6 hours before takeoff and will close 1 hour before departure.
Different food and drink options are available depending on the cabin class you're flying in with Saudia. Take a look below for more information.
Guest Class passengers are provided with a diverse range of cuisine options including Arabic, Western, dishes from the destination country and vegetarian choices.
Passengers can enjoy a set of appetizers, salad with dressing and a selection of three main course options with suitable accompaniments. Additionally, a variety of desserts including ice cream or traditional treats, are offered, along with tea and coffee.
In Business Class, Saudia offers a wide range of international cuisine options to reflect the diversity of its destinations. Passengers can choose from Arabic, Western, dishes from the destination country and vegetarian choices.
The airline provides three options for hors d'oeuvres, including Arabic, Mediterranean and a healthy choice. Two types of soup are also available. Passengers can enjoy multiple choices of entrees with suitable accompaniments. For dessert, there is a selection of hot and cold options, as well as fruits. A variety of teas, single origin coffees, including espresso and cappuccino, and a selection of international and local sparkling and still water are offered. Additionally, signature drinks like Bellini, along with mocktails, antioxidants, smoothies and fresh natural juices are available.
For Business Class passengers, Saudia offers a "dine on demand" service. Passengers can choose from a full set menu or opt for comfort food prepared onboard by a dedicated chef, allowing them to follow their own schedule and preferences.
Experience fine dining with Saudia's exclusive service for First Suite guests, where a la carte meals are prepared by an in-flight chef.
Passengers can enjoy a 4-course menu, combining the finest culinary expertise and traditional flavours that showcase Saudi Arabia's rich heritage. Enjoy this gastronomic journey in the privacy and exclusivity of your First Suite.
Additionally, for First Class Suite passengers seeking flexibility, Saudia offers a wide range of meal options. Choose from a full set menu or savour comforting dishes prepared onboard by the airline's dedicated chef, allowing you to dine at your preferred time and follow your own schedule.
Saudia Airlines flies to over 80 cities across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America, as per the table below which details the current seasonal and scheduled year-round passenger destinations of the airline:
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Saudi Airlines operates a frequent flyer program, Alfursan Loyalty to reward regular travellers with the airline.
Alfursan is the Frequent Flyer Program of Saudia which can provide customers with rewards, benefits and privileges. Alfursan members are entitled to a world of benefits and rewards that includes free tickets and upgrades, global lounge access, additional lounge allowance, priority wait-listing and many more.
SkyTeam Alliance is a leading global airline network, with 20 member airlines. SkyTeam alliance was founded in 2000 and now consists of member airlines including Aerolineas Argentinas, Aeromexico, Air Europa, Air France, China Airlines, China Eastern, Czech Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Garuda Indonesia, ITA Airways, Kenya Airways, KLM, Korean Air, Middle East Airlines, TAROM, Vietnam Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and XiamenAir. SkyTeam Alliance network has nearly 16,323 daily flights, with 1,052 destinations in 177 countries.
One of the busiest airports in Saudi Arabia with passenger and cargo flights. The airport is hub for Saudia and Flynas. Airlines that fly from and to King Abdulaziz International Airport include Aegean, Air Algerie, British Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Egypt Air, Flydubai, Sudan Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Royal Falcon and Turkish Airlines. Neom Airlines, a new airline set to launch in 2024, will likely be operating flights to and from this airport.
As of April 2023, Saudia's fleet currently consists of the following aircraft:
The airline also has orders for the Airbus A321XLR - delivery dates are to be confirmed.
Saudia currently flies to a number of domestic destinations within Saudi Arabia including Medina, Nairan, Neom, Raftha, Riyadh, Sharurah, Abha and many more. Saudia Airlines operates a number of domestic flights a day. Below are some of the most popular routes:
Abha, Al Ahsa, Al Bahah, AlUla, Al-Jawf, Arar, Bisha, Buraidah, Dammam, Dawadmi, Dhahran, Gurayat, Ha'il Jeddah, Jizan, King Khalid Military City, Medina, Najran, Neom, Qaisumah, Rafha, Riyadh, Sharurah, Tabuk, Ta'if, Turaif, Wadi Ad Dawasir, Wedjh and Yanbu.
Using our search form, type any of these destinations into the departure/arrival fields and hit the 'Search Flights' button to begin your search for domestic flights with Saudia!
Saudia's Economy Class, also known as Guest Class, ensures a comfortable journey with enjoyable entertainment options. Onboard, passengers can indulge in the entertainment system featuring special monitors, with some screens reaching up to 9 inches. Complete control over entertainment choices is provided through a remote control, offering up to 24 video-on-demand stations, over 12 audio stations, and a selection of video games. For added convenience, Saudia's SkySales catalogue allows in-flight purchases.
The seats boast an impressive seat pitch of 34 inches, exceeding the standards of many other airlines' Economy Classes. Passengers can easily adjust headrests with padded wings for maximum comfort, and the seats come with manual footrests and lumbar support recline. Saudia's innovative "Articulated Movement" feature automatically adapts the seats to passengers' movements during the flight.
Saudia's Business Class caters to the needs of business travellers, providing a comfortable and spacious environment for relaxation or work. A large, high-definition screen monitor offers over 3,500 hours of video entertainment, accompanied by a spacious dining table and ottoman. Passengers have complete control over seat settings through a touchscreen panel, and a customised credenza stowage area offers convenient storage for personal items. Privacy dividers and lighting options enhance the overall comfort and ambiance of the Business Class cabin.
Saudia's First Class, known as the First Suite, offers the epitome of comfort and luxury. First Class Facilities: Inside the First Suite, passengers enjoy a fully-enclosed private space with an 82-inch seat, a 23-inch HD entertainment screen, a spacious table, Wi-Fi connectivity, and the convenience of transforming the seat into a comfortable bed. Exclusive Porsche Design pyjamas provide uninterrupted comfort and indulgence.
For internal flights, passengers can either check-in online or at the airport.
Saudia opens its online check-in 48 hours and closes 45 minutes prior to departure for domestic flights.
The check-in counters will be available for check-in starting 6 hours before takeoff and will be closed 1 hour prior to departure.
16th June 2023
In an exciting development for travellers, Saudi Arabia has recently introduced new air routes connecting the United Kingdom with Jeddah. The inaugural flight from London Gatwick (LGW) to Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) has taken off, marking the commencement of this convenient travel option. Furthermore, it has been announced that starting from July 2nd, 2023, flights will also be available from Birmingham International (BHX) to Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED).
These additional departure points from the UK will serve as valuable additions to the existing flight schedule between the two countries. Travellers can now enjoy enhanced connectivity with a broad range of options to explore Saudi Arabia and beyond. With a comprehensive route network encompassing over 90 international destinations, this expansion opens up new possibilities for global exploration and seamless travel experiences.
14th March 2023
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has officially announced the news of a new national airline that will serve as another flag carrier for Saudi Arabia. The new airline, Riyadh Air, will provide regional routes aorund the world with over 100 destinations across Asia, Africa and Europe.
Riyadh Air is expected to add $20 billion to Saudi Arabia's non-oil GDP growth whilst also creating over 200,000 jobs directly and indrectly. The devlepment and launch of Riyadh Air may lead to competition between similar regional giants including Saudi, Emirates and Qatar Airways.
20th June 2018
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has set a record by operating 688 fights in 24 hours with a schedule accuracy of about 86 percent, the national carrier announced.
The company said the record was attained after it launched the biggest operation in its history within its strategy for the summer which began on June 7 and will continue until Sept. 7.
Under this strategy, Saudia will operate more than 56,000 domestic and international flights with a capacity of more than 12 million seats in addition to the Haj, Umrah and extra flights during the same period which will together have a combined capacity of about two million seats.
Director General Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasir said the unprecedented operations in a single day was not a fluke but the result of an accumulated work and collective efforts by all the teams involved.
"This is a new achievement which will be added to the accomplishments of the national carrier and is at the same time an incentive to further improve performance," he said.
Jassir revealed that by the year 2020, Saudia will have a fleet of 200 aircraft of various models to cater to the needs and options of the passengers.
The director general on Monday inspected the lounges of King Abdulaziz International Airport including the platforms to serve the guests and the locations of the stationed security forces and people of special needs.
He asked the heads of the operational sectors and the support companies to be present in the field to provide the best of services to the passengers.