The national carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Airlines has always been on the front lines, playing a crucial role in the economy of Saudi Arabia by spearheading the training programs, giving employment opportunities to thousands of people and also investing billions in the facilitation of the flow of people coming in and going out of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
It is without any doubt an integral part of the story of the immense growth of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Having established their roots back in 1945, here are a few interesting facts about Saudi Airlines.[irp]
1-It all began when the president of the United States of America, President Roosevelt had gifted one single Douglas DC-3 aircraft in the form of a gift to the King of Saudi Arabia, the late great King Abdul Aziz back in 1945. Today the Saudi Airline has upwards of one hundred and eighteen airplanes.
2-The operations of Saudi Airline had been originally run by an American carrier by the name of Trans World Airlines.
3-The main base of the national flag carrier had been the Kandara Airport in Jeddah. The airport is however now defunct and has also been the location of various malls and residential schemes.
4-Back in the 1970’s the Saudi Airline developed Saudi City. It was a housing complex meant for the employees which spanned across an area of 1.5 million meters sq. At the time, it had been the largest housing complex which had been built by an airline for the staff.
5-If you manage to gather 40,000 miles under the frequent flyer program of Al Fursan, you will receive a return ticket to Europe. If you manage to accumulate 25,000 miles under the frequent flyer program, you will be eligible for a return ticket to any place in the Middle East. Hence it is a good idea to check out your miles now.
6-Saudi Airline even runs their own charter flight service. The aircraft which had been used for these charter flights is the luxurious Dassault Falcon 7X.
7-The Saudi Air Cargo building that is located at the King Khaled Airport in Riyadh has a total capacity of handling upwards of 140,000 metric tons per year, which makes it one of the largest cargo buildings in the entire Middle Eastern region.
8-The Jeddah department of the Saudi Airlines Catering had on a single day managed to produce 102,500 meals. This incredible achievement was made possible in September of 2015 when meals had been served on an astonishing 299 total flights.
9-Earlier on in the year, the Saudi Airline had announced their plans of launching a new low-cost airline to the general public. The operations of this new lost cost airline will be commencing in 2017 and the subsidiary low-cost airline will be aptly named Flyadeal.
We guarantee you did not know these facts about the national flag carrier airline of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Source: Destination KSA