Each airline's loyalty programme members will be able to earn points when travelling on codeshare services
Saudia and Riyadh Air, the flag carriers of Saudi Arabia, signed an MoU at the Dubai Airshow 2023.
As a result of the agreement, guests of both carriers will be able to take advantage of each airline’s worldwide network through a comprehensive interline and codeshare agreement.
Members of each carrier’s loyalty programme will also be able to earn points when travelling on codeshare services operated by either airline.
This move will be followed by a wider loyalty agreement in which guests can accrue or redeem points and receive elite level benefits across both carrier’s global networks.
Commenting on the news, Saudia CEO, Ibrahim Koshy said: “We’re delighted to be working alongside Riyadh Air and look forward to seeing another Saudi carrier supporting the national aviation strategy and kingdom’s objectives in tourism.
"This is a historic moment where we join forces to serve guests travelling from and to the kingdom. Saudia and Riyadh Air will positively disrupt the industry as a whole and so we are proud to sign this MoU, which signifies our partnership intent.”
Riyadh Air CEO Tony Douglas added: “Having the national carriers working side-by-side is the best way to accelerate and manage growth.”
The MoU will also allow Saudia and Riyadh Air to develop and implement synergies across commercial, digital, aviation support services and cargo.