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History of the 60's

1961 Routes were established to Sharjah and Tehran. In the same year, Saudi Arabian Airlines purchased two (2) Boeing 720-Bs and introduced in- Kingdom training programs
1962 In March this year, Saudi Arabian Airlines introduced B720-Bs into service thus becoming the first airline in the Middle East to operate commercial jet airliners
1963 Saudi Arabian Airlines was established as a corporation. By Royal Decree No. 45 dated February 19, 1963, signed by King Faisal, the airline became an autonomous entity, run by a Board of Directors and chaired by the Minister of Defense and Aviation
1964 Two (2) DC-6s were acquired with a third one joining the airline's fleet in 1965. Routes to Khartoum and Dubai were started  
1965 The airline joined the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO) as a founding member on August 25th. Service started to Bombay  
1967 Saudi Arabian Airlines joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) on April 17th. It took delivery of three (3) Douglas DC-9 twin-jets. In February of the same year, routes were opened to Tunis, Rabat and Tripoli (all via Beirut). Likewise, European connections to Geneva, Frankfurt and London (via Beirut) were opened in May
1968 Two (2) Boeing 707-368s joined the fleet. Nonstop, twice weekly flights to London were inaugurated
1969 Algiers was added to the network of destinations

 
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