Saudia the flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia now welcome Saudi women to their cabin crew for the first time.
Saudi Arabia is well-known for its conservative principles and stringent regulations. Because the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is home to the majority of the Islamic world’s sacred sites, it’s no surprise that they have such conservative regulations to demonstrate their appreciation for having such an honour.
(Video of Saudia training and Saudia CEO Interview at the very bottom of this article)
Progress of Kingdom and newly welcome cabin crew of Saudia
In recent history, Saudi women have been granted approval to driving. And Saudia had announced their new batch of 50 Saudi women at cabin crew service. According to a recent interview conducted by Aviation Geek Sam Chui with Saudia CEO Captain Ibrahim Koshy, fresh graduated Saudi women will join the service in 2021.
Newly trained Saudi cabin crew members will assist passengers with Arabic hospitality and the highest quality knowledge of the cabin atmosphere. Saudia did have a female cabin crew within their 75 years old proud history of the airline. They hired female cabin crew from various countries such as Pakistan, Turkey and some middle eastern nations just as many middle east airlines multinational crew. But they did have just Saudi males in the cabin crew.
How Saudi women reached skies behind the control
Women behind the wheel or control. That could be either compliment or complaint according to the contents of the communicator.
Hanadi Zakaria al-Hindi (Arabic: هنادي زكريا الهندي) is the first Saudi woman to become a pilot. She was born in Mecca in September 1978. She got her licence around 2005 from Amman based aviation school in Jordan and she was not allowed to join local aviation companies and fly commercially. Saudi Arabia issued their first female pilot licence in 2014 to Yasmeen Al Maimani and she becomes Saudi Arabia’s First Female Commercial Pilot last year 2020. Six years after receiving her aviation license from the Saudi Civil Aviation Authority, Al Maimani has made strides becoming the first female pilot to head a domestic flight in the kingdom.
Role of Saudia in global aviation industry
Middle Eastern carriers such as Emirates and Qatar Airways have dominated half of the global aviation industry, Except for the American continents. Middle Eastern carriers are prominent in most parts of the world.
Fly Dubai, Oman Air, Turkish Airlines, Etihad, Kuwait Air, Air Arabia, El Al and many middle eastern carriers enjoy their geographical advantage to connect East and West through their hubs. Ethiopian airline is also one of the blooming companies in the region.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is also a great place to function as a business hub. It is a thriving business hub for some industries like oil and gas. But, we didn’t hear much from KSA until recent development in the last decade. We could see significant progress of KSA with the energy of his highness Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud who is trying to set on transforming the oil-rich kingdom into a modern, economically diverse superpower.
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia vision 2020
Allowing Saudi women to Saudia female cabin crew squad is one of the small steps under the Vision 2030 of KSA. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is expecting 100 million tourists by 2030. And they are improving their infrastructures to welcome giant progress of the economy. Back in the day, we didn’t hear much about Saudi Arabia as a tourism destination. But it doesn’t mean there is nothing to see in the kingdom. As per my little understanding, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a great place to understand how complex and diverse the Arabic culture is, experience middle eastern nature, enjoy Arabic hospitality and integrate with different cultural perspectives.
Above everything, food is the best reason to be in KSA for once in your lifetime.
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I am linking the full interview of our favourite aviation geek @Samchui below