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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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