What Happened to Saudi Arabian Airlines? Big Changes Coming Soon

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) is always kind of mysterious airline to the west and that’s exactly why I found it interesting. I recently flew on Saudia B787 Dreamliner from Dubai to Jeddah. Let’s find out from my journey what’s changed in SAUDIA during the pandemic.

During my visit, I was driven for the first time by a Saudi lady. I visited SAUDIA crew training center and saw a new batch of Saudi National female cabin crew were under training. A couple of years ago it would’ve been impossible to see Saudi female driving or serve as a flight attendant.

I interviewed Saudia's CEO, Captain Ibrahim Koshy. He mentioned a lot of things are changing inside the 75-year-old airline with goals to transport 100 million tourists to Saudi Arabia with vision 2030. The airline is at a turning point. The next 5-10 years will be interesting to see how Saudia develops itself on the global aviation footprint.