Class rating 6.4
- Boarding 4.3
- Seat for sitting 7.3
- Seat for sleeping 3.5
- Service 6.8
- Entertainment 0.8
- Food & drink 6.0
- Punctuality 7.5
- Baggage 8.5
- Of course, your ratings vary widely for different classes. Choose one below for full details.
Business class on Saudia long-haul aircraft generally does not conform to other airlines' configurations, as it reserves its real luxury product for first class. Consequently, you can expect a disappointing seat pitch of around 40 inches on some aircraft, with an angle of recline of only 45 degrees.
These seats are fitted with wing-style head restraints, lumbar support and a footrest. They are just over 20 inches wide and have TV monitors of up to nine inches in size on most aircraft, although Boeing 777-200s have 12-inch screens. The AVOD system has between 24 and 40 channels depending on aircraft and more than 12 audio stations and video games plus forward and downward-facing cameras.
Cardomom-flavoured Arabic coffee and dates are served on boarding. Meals begin with a choice of three starters and soup. Several main options include an Arabic and a western dish plus a dish from the destination country and a vegetarian choice.
On the newest aircraft in the fleet, the Boeing 777-300ER, business class is a flat bed that is on a par with other airlines' standards.
On short-haul flights, expect a bigger seat and generally, a 2-2 layout.
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SV, JED-RUH, A330-300, Business class Check-in was ... an interesting experience! I was initially due to fly on the 20:00 flight, aboard a B747, upper-deck. I had checked-in online and had my boarding pass with in my bag. Upon luggage drop-off, I was told that due to an aircraft change (from a B747 to a B777-300), I had now to fly Economy. I refused but the SV... more
London to Jeddah. 5 hours 15 mins. Dry airline, but nice service, good food. 777 has angled lie flat seats, but at the better end of the spectrum for this type of seat. They use the Skyteam lounge in London. Luggage 1st off the band, good experience, would use again. more