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Prince Turki visits Saudi Arabian Airlines offices in Washington

  Prince Turki visits the Saudi Arabian Airlines office.

Saudi Ambassador to the United States Prince Turki Al-Faisal toured the offices of Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) in Washington today.

The Kingdom’s national airline, SAA started out in 1945 with the gift of a single twin-engine DC-3 Dakota from President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It now has a fleet of around 140 aircraft with flights to cities within Saudi Arabia and around the world. The airline continues to expand its fleet, recently purchasing 15 regional aircraft from the Brazilian company Embraer. It carries around 15 million passengers annually, one third of them international flights. Almost half of SAA’s 2,000 pilots are Saudi.