Interestingly, the now largest airlines in the world first started out with just a single twin engine Dakota DC-3 plane, a gift presented to King Abdul Aziz by American President Roosevelt in 1945. A few months later and with the acquisition of a few more air planes, Saudi Arabia Airlines was formed.
Today, Saudi Arabia Airlines (Saudia) holds around 139 aircrafts in its fleet, including the latest and most innovative commercial aircrafts available. Based in Jeddah, the airlines recently returned back to using their English typed brand name Saudia in celebration of its business alliance with Sky Team.
Operating both domestic and international flights, Saudia covers over 120 destinations across the major cities in the Middle East, countries in Asia, major locations in North America, Europe, and Africa. In addition, Saudia provides special holiday season charter flights to international destinations during Ramadan and Hajj.
Mainly operating out of Saudi Arabia’s central hub, the Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudia also uses Dammam-King Fahd International Airport and Riyadh-King Khalid International Airport as major hubs for various flight schedules and patterns. Once the largest carrier in Saudi Arabia, with the expansion of airports and introduction of competitive airlines; Saudia is now the third largest carrier company in the region.