Saudia enhances inflight internet connectivity

Saudia Boeing 787-9
Saudia currently operates 11 Boeing 787-9 aircraft

Saudia Arabia’s flag carrier has deployed Internet ONAIR from SITAONAIR aboard 76 aircraft.

The inflight Wi-Fi hub provides inflight internet connectivity to passengers on 76 Saudia aircraft flying to 34 destinations worldwide.

A nice feature of the Wi-Fi hub means that passengers First and Business Class passengers can access free inflight Wi-Fi simply by entering their e-ticket code into the portal.

Saudia’s enhanced Internet ONAIR passenger experience also benefits from:

  • An augmented ‘look and feel’ for mobile users, with over 90% of all Wi-Fi sessions used on mobile devices
  • A new, ergonomic website design, with improved navigation and user interface
  • Faster speeds for registering, validating credit cards and starting Wi-Fi sessions
  • A powerful in-built ad server tool that harmonizes various advertising formats without spoiling the passenger experience.

Saudia has also introduced the ability for passengers travelling on their IFC-enabled fleet to buy Wi-Fi sessions during the initial booking phase through their passenger service system (PSS).

Director General Of Saudi Arabian Airlines, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al- Jasser:

“As an airline we recognize our passengers’ desire for seamless connectivity using the latest technology available. SITAONAIR’s flexible approach and digital harmonization has enabled us to enhance the Internet ONAIR experience.”

Saudia increases onboard entertainment options

In June this year Saudia increased the amount of entertainment programs available onboard its aircraft. It now offers 1800 hours of movies, television shows, games and music.

About Saudia

Saudia, also known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, is the flag carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. The airline’s main base is at Jeddah-King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED).

Routes: Saudia has a global network and currently operates to more than 80 airports wordlwide. It includes destinations in the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, India and Pakistan,  North African countries. It also flies to  an increasing number of airports in Europe and North America.

Read more about Saudi’s route network.

Fleet: At the time of writing, Saudi has 141 passenger aircraft, comprising:

  • 43 Airbus A320
  • 15 Airbus A321
  • 28 Airbus A330
  • 44 Boeing B777
  • 11 Boeing 787-9

Read more about Saudia’s fleet.

Passenger numbers: About 28 million a year.

Alliance: SkyTeam

N.B. Image credit: boeing.com

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