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STORIES Mar 15, 2024 Catching Fire After Takeoff and No Evacuation: Saudia Flight 163 On August 19, 1980, Saudia Flight 163 took off from Riyadh International Airport in Saudi Arabia. What seemed like a normal flight started taking a turn for the worst when the crew received warnings of smoke from the cargo compartment. The flight crew declared an emergency and returned to Riyadh, landing 28 minutes after takeoff. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Mar 12, 2024 Airline Operations During Ramadan: A Deeper Look at In-Flight Accommodations for Fasting Passengers With the beginning of the month of Ramadan, airlines provide passengers with the means to observe tradition, even if they are not on the ground. However, upholding fasting and prayer traditions can be challenging when scheduling a flight, especially with changing time zones and the sun setting at different times than in the passenger's departure country. Here's what you need to know if you are flying during Ramadan. Read More →
NEWS Mar 07, 2024 Bird Strike Damages Saudia Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner at London-Heathrow A Saudia Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner was involved in a bird-strike incident on March 3. There are no reports of injuries other than the bird itself. Read More →
TRIP REPORTS Jan 08, 2024 5 African and Middle Eastern Cities You Must Visit in 2024 There are many great places to explore in Africa and the Middle East. While I wish to travel all of them, here is a list of my top favorite destinations I've enjoyed experiencing. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Dec 06, 2023 Can People Own Airports? A Comprehensive Guide to Airport Ownership It may come as a random thought or something you've actively thought about. Regarding airlines, you may be aware that specific governments or firms could own these. But what about airports? The "Who owns airports?" issue is not much different from airlines. Therefore, this article will analyze the various companies and government entities that own airports. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Nov 17, 2023 The World's Five Worst Mid-air Collisions Mid-air collisions are exceptionally rare but present some of the most horrifying crashes in history. There is almost no possibility for survival, given the high rate of speed and altitude these crashes typically occur. This article recaps the five worst mid-air collisions based on fatalities. Read More →
NEWS Nov 11, 2023 U.S. Drone Shot Down Near Yemen Amid Rising Middle East Tensions On the week of November 6, a United States military drone was shot down in the Middle East. The shootdown comes among rising tensions between the United States and its ally Israel and Iran. In recent weeks, the United States military has slowly increased it's presence in the Middle East over fears of Israel's conflict with Hamas escalating into a regional conflict. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Nov 07, 2023 A Deeper Look at Saudia's Plans for Religious and Leisure Tourism Saudia has announced several expansion initiatives in recent weeks. Saudi Arabia's state-owned flag carrier plans to expand its operations in anticipation of large tourism demand in the coming years. Saudi Arabia aims to attract 150 million annual visitors by 2030 as part of its Vision 2030 plan to diversify its economy. The country seeks to reduce its reliance on oil and gas by developing other sectors, including tourism and aviation. Read More →
INFORMATIONAL Nov 01, 2023 What Happened to This Saudi Prince's A380 Private Jet? In 2007, Saudi Prince Alwaleed bin Talal ordered an Airbus A380 for $310 million in the world's first private jet order for the aircraft. Despite years of speculation, this order never came to fruition. Owning a private A380, already an ambitious goal, was unrealistic due to Prince Alwaleed's proposed design. Read More →
NEWS Oct 04, 2023 Saudia Unveils New Livery and Branding Saudia, previously known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, unveiled its new livery and branding. Previously thought to be a series of retro paint schemes, the Saudi national carrier has confirmed its rebrand that signals the beginning of a new era for the airline. Read More →