Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) has been recognised with the ‘Airline Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC)’ award at the Inflight Middle East Awards ceremony, held in Dubai.
The event was organised by HMG Aerospace, a leading event organiser and intelligence provider serving the international aerospace community.
SAUDIA was selected based on its entertainment lineup, WiFi and portable options onboard its flights, out of four airlines operating in the region.
Judges praised the airline on becoming the first in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia regions to introduce a complimentary social media messaging plan onboard flights, allowing free access to iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp.
Speaking on the achievement was vice president of corporate communications, SAUDIA, Fahad Bahdailah: “SAUDIA has continued to raise the bar in excellence when it comes to the onboard guest experience, inflight connectivity and entertainment – which is an essential component of the travel journey. The airline is committed to continually providing a broad range of services and offerings onboard.”
In 2018, SAUDIA flew more than 33 million passengers, and introduced five new routes to its network: Vienna (Austria), Trivandrum (India), Surabaya (Indonesia), Medan (Indonesia), and re-introduced flights to Cochin, India, in addition to three seasonal routes to Izmir, Malaga and Moscow.