Awardees of Saudi Arabian Airlines holding the accolades at Inflight Middle East Awards 2019 held in Dubai on February 12
Dubai : Flag carrier Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) received Best Airline Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity (IFEC) award at the Inflight Middle East Awards ceremony held in Dubai on February 12.
The event was organised by HMG Aerospace, a publisher, event organiser and intelligence provider serving the international aerospace community.
The airline's continual investment in its IFEC platform was recognised with the Airline IFEC Experience award.
Saudia was selected based on its entertainment line-up, Wi-Fi and portable options onboard. Saudia competed with four airlines operating in the region to be the winner.
Judges praised the airline 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.
Present at the awards ceremony in Dubai were Saudi Arabian Airlines vice president of corporate communications, Fahad Bahdailah, and Saudia onboard product manager, Ayman Abuljadayl.
Bahdailah said, "Saudia has continued to raise the bar in excellence when it comes to the onboard guest experience, inflight connectivity and entertainment - which are essential components of the travel journey. The airline is committed to continually provide a broad range of services and offerings onboard."
Within four months of its introduction, more than 500,000 guests had logged on and experienced the free Whatsapp plan.
A repeat winner at the Inflight Middle East awards, at the ceremony last year, Saudia was honoured with the title Inflight Airline of the Year and also took home the Innovation in Commercial Airline Cabins award.
Saudia flies to more than 95 destinations worldwide, with a modern fleet of more than 160 narrow and widebody Airbus and Boeing aircraft.