SAUDIA started out in 1945 with a single twin-engine DC-3 (Dakota) HZ-AAX given to King Abdul Aziz as a gift by the U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This was followed months later with the purchase of two more DC-3s, and these formed the nucleus of what in few years later was to become one of the world’s largest airlines.
Today SAUDIA has 141 aircraft, including the latest and most advanced wide-bodied jets presently available: B787-9, B777-268L, B777-300ER, Airbus A320-200, Airbus A321, and Airbus A330-300.
It is our pleasure to list the most important historical highlights of SAUDIA since its establishment until becoming one of the best airlines in the world.
SAUDIA’ In-flight Entertainment features the latest state-of-the-art technology aimed at fulfilling passengers’ entertainment needs especially on long-haul flights.
On many aircrafts, our seats are equipped with personal video screens controlled through fully integrated handsets or by touch. This interactive system offers video-on-demand with 24 channels on some aircrafts, and may reach up to 40 channels on others. The video channels cover religious programs, Arabic and international movies, pop videos, documentaries and children’s programs, all carefully selected to provide wholesome family entertainment.
There are also recitations from the Holy Quran. Audio-on-demand with over 12 channels, a jukebox with 50 audio CD’s available for First and Business Class passengers, many video games to chose from, an air show that tracks the flight’s progress and landscape cameras that give real-time views outside the aircraft during take-offs and landings.
There are also channels for an on-board electronic mall where passengers can order items from Skysales and have them delivered to any address they want.
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