Abdulrahman Altayeb, vice president corporate communication with Saudi Arabia flag-carrier Saudia talks to Breaking Travel News at Arabian Travel Market. With so much happening at the airline, he discusses the new First Class suite, the new planes the carrier has on order, and the growth of inbound tourism in the destination.
The UK’s leading networking association for foreign airline executives, the Foreign Airlines Association, has welcomed Patrizia Gallo to the role of chairman. Gallo, Saudia Airlines’ regional sales manager for Europe, takes the reins from Air Europa UK director, Colin Stewart, who has held the position since April 2014.
Ziad Al Ghanmi, specialist marketing programmes, Saudia speaks to Breaking Travel News at World Travel Market 2016. On the agenda are the airline’s new first class product and its roll out to European routes, as well as new routes about to launch into Germany.
Boeing and Saudia, Saudi Arabia’s national airline, have celebrated the triple delivery of two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and a 777-300ER (Extended Range). A third Dreamliner will be delivered to Saudia within the next week. The airline ordered eight 787-9s in 2010.
Saudia has become the first airline to develop and provide passengers with a dedicated mobile phone application for free in-flight Wi-Fi. Passengers simply scan their ticket’s bar code for free Wi-Fi access. All of Saudia’s First class and Business passengers flying on the airline’s A330s and B777-300s on international routes receive a promotional code when they scan their Boarding Passes via the mobile application.
Mobile Travel Technologies has announced a strategic partnership agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines, known locally as Saudia, the flag carrier for Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The deal will see MTT develop its mobile apps for iPhone and Android as well as mobile web offerings.
Saudia has launched its direct flights to Los Angeles, a major business city in the heart of California, becoming the only airline that operates direct flights from Saudi Arabia to Los Angeles International Airport. Abdul Aziz Al-Hazmi, chief executive and acting director general of Saudia, launched the flight while stressing the airline’s plan to expand its operations worldwide and modernise its domestic and international fleet.