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January 11, 2011

Saudi Arabian Airlines to Become First Middle Eastern Member of SkyTeam

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Saudi Arabian Airlines on Monday signed an agreement to join SkyTeam in 2012. The airline will be SkyTeam’s first member from the Middle East, adding 35 new destinations to the alliance network.

Saudi Arabian 747-400 HZ-AIW

Saudi Arabian 747-400 (HZ-AIW) lifts off from JFK (Photo by Phil Derner Jr)

As one of the most important airlines in the Middle East, Saudi Arabian Airlines will be offering the SkyTeam network customers access to new destinations across the region.

Through Saudi Arabia’s major hubs of Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, travelers can connect to new destinations on the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian subcontinent and Northern Africa, such as Alexandria, Aden, Colombo and Islamabad.

SkyTeam members will have access to new potential customers from the region as Saudi Arabian Airlines offers direct flights to Europe, Asia, Africa and the United States.

In addition, customers can transfer to SkyTeam partner flights via hubs such as Paris, Rome, Nairobi and New York-JFK, while China Southern also offers regular connections to Asia from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian Airlines is currently focused on its four-year turnaround program to be completed by 2013, which includes key elements such as modernization of its infrastructure, restructuring of its domestic and international network and implementing its fleet modernization plan through the purchase of the most advanced aircraft.



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