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History of the 90's


1990   An all-cargo route was opened up to Tokyo, Japan as an extension of the Taipei service  
1991   On April 1st, flights started operating to Madras (Chennai), the airline's third Indian destination  
1992   New hostess uniforms designed by Saudi couturier Adnan Akbar were introduced  
1993   Flights operated to Asmara  
1994   Seasonal service operated to Orlando, Florida, effective July 4th. Air phone installed in selected aircrafts  

Saudi Arabian Airlines celebrated 50th Anniversary. On January 7th, Economy Class was upgraded and designated as Guest Class. Children's meal introduced. Al-Faris executive meal introduced in First Class for passengers who want to have their meals at any time of their choice. On October 25, 1995, Saudi Arabian Airlines order of 61 new aircrafts from Boeing and McDonnell Douglas was signed and finalized in Washington D.C.

1996   New corporate identity was launched on 16 July. Scheduled services to Asmara and Addis Ababa started from Riyadh on 2nd April. Flights to Johannesburg started effective 28 October. Dhahran-Cairo flights started effective 14 December. Saudi Arabian Airlines website goes on-line 4 December  
1997   The first of the new aircrafts arrived in Riyadh on 25th December. Scheduled operations to Beirut resumed on February 1st, introducing reading material in Braille for blind passengers  
1998   In mid-January, the first of the new aircrafts, that is, B747-468 (HZ-AIV), B777-268 (HZ-AKB) & MD-11 (HZ-ANA) were introduced into service. The airline's first MD-90 arrived in April  
1999   Starting June 1st, operations to Alexandria, Athens and Milan on a year-round basis; and Malaga and Nice, during the peak season were started. New routes were also started between Dhahran-Beirut and Riyadh-Sana'a. The airline operated its first flight SV1108 to King Fahd International Airport (KFIA) on November 28th. Smoking was banned on Saudi Arabian Airlines' flights between the Kingdom and GCC (Gulf Cooperation Council) countries, and to/from several other Middle Eastern & African countries. Saudi Arabian Airlines is among the pioneers to stop smoking on its flights with the ban on smoking on its domestic flights of less than two hours taking effect in 1987  


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