The two contracts were signed in Jeddah by Saudia Director General HE Eng. Khaled Al-Molhem, and the Director General and CEO of IATA, Tony Tyler, in the presence of senior officials from both sides.
A series of topics related to the air transport industry were discussed during the meeting, including boosting relations between Saudia and IATA and the promotion of services and training manpower.
The IATA chief expressed pleasure over the signing of the deals and considered them as good steps toward developing the capacity of aviation staff in the region. He also appreciated the level of training at Saudia’s training center, which has now become an IATA-accredited training center.
Meanwhile, Saudia’s Director General Eng. Al-Molhem said the two deals were good indicators of the advanced level of the airline’s training facilities, in terms of infrastructure, the proficiency of trainers or the quality of curriculums.
Saudia's training center has been selected and approved to offer training programs on such diverse topics as booking, sales, cargo, management, finance, and English language. IATA will also accept certificates issued by Saudia training centers, inside and outside the Kingdom.
Eng. Al-Molhem said Saudia has always paid due attention to training programs with a view to keeping pace with international standards, which comes within the framework of the airline’s efforts to provide high-caliber cadres and the company’s belief that the human resource is the decisive factor in achieving success in the face of the increased competitiveness between international airlines.