Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed a strategic partnership with TAQNIA Space to provide Saudia’s fleet with broadband internet access, voice calling and live TV services.
According to “Arabian Aerospace”, Saleh Bin Nasser AlJasse, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, said: “[The] new partnership with TAQNIA Space comes as part of the transformation programme initiatives (2020) which is being implemented in Saudi Arabian Airlines and all its companies arising from privatisation.
“These include the modernisation and development of the fleet and provision of the latest inflight connectivity and entertainment services that meets Saudia passengers’ expectations.
“Implantation of the new inflight connectivity services will start by mid of 2017.”
Abdullah Alosaimi, CEO of TAQNIA Space, added: “The partnership with Saudia comes as a part of Saudi Arabia Vision 2030. Broadband service to be provided under this partnership will be the first of its kind in MENA region and will be covering all Saudia flights, long-haul and domestic.”
In a press release (in Arabic) on Saudia’s web site the company said telecommunications, the Internet and entertainment are the most important products technologies on board the aircraft and have become a competitive factor between airlines.
It added the launch of the service on the first aircraft will be in mid-2017 and the entire fleet should be equipped by the end of 2019.