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History of the 00's

2000   The airline's usher in a new era with H.R.H. Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Defense & Aviation signing a contract to conduct studies for the privatization of the airline on October 8th. Scheduled service to Dhaka and Mumbai started from Madinah on October 31st. Also, scheduled service resumed to Kano, Nigeria, from Jeddah on October 31st. Carried 1,367,745 passengers in August 2000, a record for the airline. Cargo freighter service started to Delhi. Saudi Arabian Airlines Catering produced a record 13.5 million meals during 2000 for Saudi Arabian Airlines' and 50 other international airlines flights. Technical services and materials management divisions of the airline received ISO-9002:1994 certification while its print shop facility received ISO-9001:1994 certification from Moody International  
       
2001   The final aircraft, a Boeing 777-268 (HZ-AKW) arrived in Jeddah on August 6, 2001, thus completing Saudi Arabian Airlines' order of 61 new generation aircraft. Smoking banned on flights between the Kingdom and Europe beginning September 18th, 2001. Information technology, flight operations and cargo sales & services divisions received ISO-9001:2000 certification from Moody International  
       
2002   Saudi Arabian Airlines' new Golden Service launched to Europe, the U.S., Dubai and Kuala Lumpur with flight SV035 departing for the U.S. on March 31, 2002  
       
2003   Presidency of Civil Aviation (PCA) certifies new Boeing-777 and MD-90 flight simulators at the Prince Sultan Aviation Sciences Academy. Beginning October, a new unified reservations number (802-22222) was introduced to customers. European Joint Aviation Authorities (JAA) granted Saudi Arabian Airlines the European Joint Aviation Requirements maintenance license (JAR 145). Flights to Peshawar, capital of Pakistan's north west province, started  October 27th with three weekly flights. Saudia Catering receives prestigious awards from Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. Nine Japanese groups of 198 tourists arrived on a chartered flight on December 27th as part of "Discover Saudi Arabia" tour packages  
       
2004   New self check-in terminals at King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA) inaugurated on February 28th. Yahoo awards Saudi Arabian Airlines in ceremonies at Jumeirah Beach Hotel on 4th May "in recognition of the contribution made by advertisers and agencies to the growth of online advertising in the Middle East." The airline launches the First Total Quality Conference at the Jeddah Meridian Hotel. Saudi Arabian Airlines celebrates new record carrying over fifteen million passengers in one year  
       
2005   Saudi Arabian Airlines introduces new telephone number (920022222) that unifies all reservation numbers within the Kingdom. New mobile phones (SMS) service introduced for all passengers traveling on its international and domestic flights. Flights, including reminders for purchasing tickets, reservations confirmation for wait-listed passengers and notification of changes in flight schedules  
       
2005   Saudi Arabian Airlines signs new contract for 23 passenger buses for use at King Abdullaziz International Airport in Jeddah. New cargo flights started between Saudi Arabia and Shanghai, People's Republic of China. Flights to Prague, Czech Republic, continued for a second year. Mr. Pierre Jeanniot, Director General Emeritus of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) advises Saudi Arabian Airlines it has ranked first among forty-three world airlines on "Operational Safety Audits." Saudi Arabian Airlines celebrates its 60th Anniversary. A record 16 million passengers is carried for the year  
       
2006   New Embraer service inaugurated on January 03rd with the launch of the first two aircrafts of its new Embraer fleet, a total of fifteen new Embraer 170 aircrafts in a $400 million self-financed deal. Express ticket & boarding pass delivery service - customers can book online, pay online, and order tickets to be delivered to their shipping address within 24 Hours in main cities in Saudi Arabia. Special counters renovated at King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh to accommodate passengers with special needs, provided them with special lounges at the airport's main terminals to facilitate their travel procedures. In addition these lounges will be equipped with ramps, wheelchairs and special seats for their mobility and comfort. Automated ticketing program scheduled to start and will include the development of the Stars ticketing and reservations system and connect all international stations  
       
2007   Al-Fursan Golden Lounge at King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah launched on December 25th. New e-ticketing project launched with first e-ticket on route JED-DMM-JED. E-Ticketing includes internet reservations, boarding pass self-service and voice recognizing system  
       
2009  

In the beginning of 2009, Saudi Arabian Airlines signed an agreement with SITA for upgrading the airline’s technical infrastructure and link 250 SV offices in 60 countries through the Internet.

 

The airline’s first Boeing 777 aircraft was launched after modernizing its passenger cabin at the technical services center in King Abdulaziz International Airport, Jeddah. The website of the retirees was also unveiled.

 

On March 28, 2009, Saudia launched its flights to three Indian cities of Lucknow, Bangalore and Calicut. The airline also launched its first international flight from Abha to Cairo.

 

In the same year Saudia Private Aviation launched domestic and international flights for businessmen and top business executives. SPA has six Hawker aircraft with six seats to service to Gulf and Middle East and four Falcon X7s with 14 seats to operate flights to Asian, European and American destinations. SPA’s fleet will reach 40 by 2020.

 

On October 28, 2009 Saudia received two Airbus 320, which began operating flights on 16/11/2009. At present Saudia has 35 A320s, 15 A321s and 12 A330s, and will soon have 20 Boeing 777s, and eight B787 Dreamliners. The presence of 90 new aircraft would strengthen the airline’s competitive position and improve its services.

 

In November 2009, Saudia Cargo Company launched a new air freight station in Milan to boost cargo transport between the Kingdom and Italy.

 
       
                

 
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