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history of the 70's

1971 Data Processing Centre was opened in Jeddah. New route to Rome from Jeddah opened. First nonstop all-cargo service started between the Kingdom and Europe.

In the same year, new modern runway, Saudia opened the first branch in Tabuk.
1972 Saudi Arabian Airlines adopted new livery and took the name Saudia. By this time, the airline was flying to 49 destinations on three continents. This year, the airline received its first five (5) 737-200s which replaced the DC-9s, Convair 340s and DC-3s, making its fleet the most modern in the Middle East, with two B-707s, two B-720s and five 737-200s, which would later grow to a total of twenty. It was now possible to link 20 cities in the Kingdom.
1973 Saudi Arabian Airlines carried one million scheduled passengers for the first time. Special flights planned for the mass movement of teachers.
1974 New routes opened to Paris and Muscat, plus a direct Medina-Karachi route. Two (2) wide-bodied Tri-Stars ordered from Lockheed. These 214-seat aircraft would grow to a total of twenty.

In the same year, Saudia started flights to IST, BEY, DAM, AMM, CAI, from Tabuk.
1975 Twin jet Fairchild F-27J, 48-seat turboprops replaced the DC-3s in the fleet. The airline celebrated its 30th Anniversary with the purchase of two more B-707s. First of (20) L1011 Tri-Stars went into service on August 15th.
1976 On June 1, the Arabian Express, a no-reservation shuttle service, was introduced to handle the booming business traffic on the intensively-traveled Jeddah/Riyadh route. This service was extended to Dhahran on 1st August. Special Flight Services (SFS) Division was established for government and VIP service.
1977 On June 1 of this year, two 377-seat Boeing 747-200B entered service.  
1978 Saudi Arabian Airlines switched over to its new Automated Reservations System. Jeddah reservations installed a Collins Automated Call Distribution (ACD) System, handling incoming reservation calls in an organized, systematic manner. Service started to Athens, Kano and Stockholm.
1979 Flight Training Center opened. On February 1, the airline commenced joint operations with Pan Am from Dhahran to New York using long-range Boeing B747-SPs to achieve nonstop capability. Five (5) Tri-Stars joined the fleet.

 
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