Saudi Arabian Airlines

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4 star Skytrax Rating
Food & Beverages 12345
Inflight Entertainment 12345
Seat Comfort 12345
Staff Service 12345
Value for Money 12345
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Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(United Kingdom)

LHR-JED-LHR. Check in at Heathrow very slow arrived 4 hours before as requested checked in 1 hour before - had to run to the aircraft! Problem was staff were dealing with LHR-RUH-LHR flight and both flights were overbooked. Staff at Jeddah terminal have big attitude problem. Staff on the plane do not assist with seating so if someone has taken your seat you have to co-ordinate everything and get the passenger to move yourself.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Value For Money 12345
no
na

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(Saudi Arabia)

I have travelled from London and back six times between London and Dammam sometimes via Jeddah and sometimes via Riyadh because our company policy is that we must. Jeddah is a lousy experience. It took so long to clear passport control that I got bumped from my connecting flight and had to buy a ticket from another airline. The transfer desk is a clamouring horde and you have to fight your way to the front. No information is given out at Dammam Airport either in Arabic or English as to departure gate numbers. Flights are labelled "free seat" at the last minute even when you've got your seat number and Saudis like to play musical chairs so that you aren't sitting next to their womenfolk or so they can sit in family groups. The ticket sales staff are rude and indifferent and lack the language skills necessary for the job. The ground staff likewise. They invariably start shouting at you if you express any disagreement with them. On my last flight back to Saudi from London my booking was cancelled and I had to go through my company's travel section to get it reinstated.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Value For Money 12345
no
3/10

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(Saudi Arabia)

Frankfurt to Riyadh A320-200. The allocated lounge (sky lounge of Korean Air) is large but of minimal facilities and at the furthest point away from the SV gate in T2 concourse E). Boarding was efficient despite no line for J class passengers. Better in flight service than the outbound flight but nothing really personal. Lunch selection was not available and fruit juices were not fresh (although advertised as such). IFE operational but with little selection way below other carriers. All products I was interested in to buy on sky sales were not available (found out that the aircraft was not restocked for 48 hours prior to the outbound flight). This lack of consistency and attention to detail make SV an unfavorable airline particularly if you are planning to travel as a premier customer.
Cabin FlownBusiness Class
Value For Money 12345
no
3/10

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(Saudi Arabia)

Riyadh to Frankfurt A320-200. Check in : terrible Y class passengers pushing themselves to the J class line as if there were a line - the location is filthy with dirty carpet and luggage tags everywhere. No web check in available for international flights. Boarding disorganized no priority boarding for J class passengers. Cabin with good temperature although utilization of a single aisle aircraft was disappointing for this 6 hour flight. Seat Leather good pitch and width but the leg support failed to extend properly. Staff service automated masked faced service non welcoming un-professional when attempting to answer question on lack of IFE. Breakfast was Y class quality in plastic container. Snack acceptable. Drinks basic. IFE operating but not loaded with anything (not even the safety video) the Flight attendant didn't do it manually. Very disappointing experience not of business class standard. SV continues to be so inconsistent.
Cabin FlownBusiness Class
Value For Money 12345
no
1/10

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(Saudi Arabia)

RUH-LHR return Business. Outbound the business and first class check in is mobbed by economy passengers asked several staff to be checked in as I was in business class and told to wait - after 45 minutes I demanded to be checked in as flight was closing to be told by the same Saudi staff I didn't you realise your were business class. Flight out fine Asian staff friendly and obliging the Senior walked around the cabin with a scolding look on his face. Return much older aircraft seats dirty and did not recline food dreadful cabin looked filthy staff cold rude and didn't care less that 3 kids running around the cabin actually slapping other passengers as their parents did not care what they did. The final straw IFE not working. Airline gets worse every time I fly with them no more.
Cabin FlownBusiness Class
Value For Money 12345
no
2/10

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(Canada)

JED-CAI on all economy A300 - one of my worst travel experiences ever. Departure was set for 3:45 am however plane was delayed on the ground for 1.5 hours and we ended up departing at 5:15 am. Delay apparently due to the fact that they left some luggage in the terminal. During the wait aircraft was hot and sticky and air conditioning was giving out hot air despite the 38C outside temperature. Cabin crew couldnt' be bothered to reassure passengers shrugging shoulders and showing no signs of care at all to complains. Water and refreshing tissues were eventually distributed but the ordeal was unbearable. Seats were small uncomfortable and ripped at parts. There was no inflight entertainment not even in-flight magazines.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Value For Money 12345
no
na

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(India)

My wife was booked Riyadh to Bangalore travelling alone and booked in business class. We arrived at the airport at 0100 hrs and completed check in. She was given a boarding pass which did not mention the number of the Gate from which to board. When I asked the man at the counter which gate we should go to he waved his hand dismissively and told me to go to immigration. When my wife went to immigration she was told the flight was cancelled and referred back to the airline. We came back and asked a Saudi Airlines employee; he told us the flight would leave at 1300 hrs. I asked him why this information was not communicated to us earlier as we had provided our mobile numbers at the time of booking. I also asked why this was not told to us when the boarding pass was issued. There was no satisfactory response to my questions. We reached our home at 3 am and returned to the airport at 11 am. There was no indication at the airport of when the flight would leave or indeed which from which gate passengers should depart. The staff of Saudi Airlines were of no help at all. The plane finally left at 2 pm. On board my wife found that her seat would not recline and she had sit upright for 5 hours. Though Saudi Airlines advertises vegetarian Indian food for flights to India there was no vegetarian meal available. Not only is the service deplorable but staff are brusque and unhelpful. We choose this carrier because it is the only one that has a direct flight from Riyadh to Bangalore. Perhaps we should start flying other carriers even if it means a transhipment because their staff may be more competent and helpful.
Cabin FlownBusiness Class
Value For Money 12345
no
8/10

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(United Kingdom)

RUH–JED. RUH domestic terminal checked in using the self-service kiosks. Security done in less than a minute and then airside in this somewhat tired looking terminal. Saudi Arabian has a small Business Class Lounge which was crowded but offered a selection of hot food sandwiches etc. The boarding process was a bit chaotic but that has been a feature of this part of the world for many years and you just have to go with the flow. B777-200 had the new leather Business Class seats angled lie-flat and there is an AVOD IFE system with a large screen. This was not operative during this short domestic sector. Business Class cabin crew comprised one male and three females – a mix of Asian and Arab personnel who were attentive and cheerful. Arabic coffee and dates and inflight a full hot meal was served comprising hot rolls salad choice of pasta or roast chicken and dessert. All in all a very pleasant experience.
Cabin FlownBusiness Class
Value For Money 12345
yes
3/10

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(United States)

This airline does not measure up to other 3 star airlines in terms of service. I just flew 3 legs (2 economy and 1 business). The staff attitude is basically indifference to passengers. Two of my legs were delayed 1 hour plus yet they did not announce the delay until after the departure time. For one there was nobody at the gate to answer any questions (DMM to DXB). Business class service on board decent food was average. Things like making sure people's cell phones are turned off that people stay in their seats at takeoff and landing are virtually ignored by the cabin crew from what I could tell.
Cabin FlownBusiness Class
Value For Money 12345
no
8/10

Saudi Arabian Airlines customer review

(United Kingdom)

Jeddah-London. Airport staff at Jeddah airport were horrible. No assistance was given to my disabled nephew. Aircraft clean and service more than I expected. Meals and service brilliant. AVOD great. Overall worst airport experience but good onboard experience.
Cabin FlownEconomy Class
Value For Money 12345
yes