Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, observed World Braille Day on Jan. 4, reaffirming its commitment to providing services and products onboard for all visually impaired guests.
The airline’s cuisine options, as well as inflight entertainment, provide convenience and choice for guests who require Braille offerings. Inflight entertainment options include audio descriptive movies and content onboard.
Guests can select a Braille cuisine option at the time of booking through the airline’s website or by calling Saudia.
The airline provides services such as elevators, special meals and menus, safety procedures and magazines printed in Braille for guests.
Saudia prints all material in-house with its full-spectrum Braille printer in order to transform all materials and applications in Braille for inflight use.
Chief Executive Officer of Saudia Captain Ibrahim S. Koshy said: “Saudia is committed to being an inclusive airline, providing amenities, services and support for all guests. We take pride in making our very best efforts to provide a comfortable, welcoming and hospitable experience at each point of the journey.”
He added: “We invite all of our guests to explore the various options and flexible choices available to customize the travel experience and tailor requests to suit our guests’ requirements.”
In 2015, Saudia became the world’s first airline to introduce a comprehensive flight guide in Braille for visually impaired and blind passengers.
Saudi Arabia’s national flag carrier is an award-winning airline, and is one of the first carriers to be established in the Middle East region. Saudia has recently been ranked as a “Five-Star Global Airline” by the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX).
In recent years, the airline has invested significantly in its fleet of 145 narrow and widebody aircraft and operates one of the youngest fleets in the skies, with an average aircraft age of five years.
The airline route network includes more than 95 destinations across four continents to all 28 domestic airports in the Kingdom.
Deep-cleaning sanitization protocols are in full effect after every flight.