Aircraft Interiors, Hamburg | April 9, 2014– Saudia, through Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries (SAEI) has
selected the Thales TopCare service agreement for the maintenance of all its Thales IFE systems. TopCare is the preferred service arrangement for airlines that want a complete Turn-Key Maintenance solution allowing them to focus on core business activities whilst Thales performs IFE maintenance in line with highest industry standards combined with performance guarantees. The Programme guarantees exceptional seat availability across the airline’s fleet of 91 Airbus and Boeing Aircraft.

Thales will take 24/7 responsibility for all on-board maintenance and media content loading across three global hubs: New York, Paris and London. These locations have been chosen by SAEI from amongst the Thales global network of 22 TopCare Line Maintenance stations across 16 Countries. Strategically, these locations present the best fit for the airline’s operations, a strong proof point of the effectiveness of the global hub strategy employed by Thales to ensure all clients have access to state of the art maintenance.

Under TopCare, Saudia planes will be continuously monitored by the
Thales Airline Operations Center (AOC), a high-tech mission control
communications facility that monitors aircraft around the clock. As
required, experts will be dispatched to board the plane to service the equipment as soon as it touches down at any of the three airports chosen as maintenance hubs.

Aircraft Interiors, Hamburg | April 9, 2014– Based out of King Fahd International Airport, in Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SaudiGulf Airlines will operate domestic and international services from different airports in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The international route network will focus on main capitals in the Middle East and Gulf as well as the Indian subcontinent.

The aircraft equipped with individual Inflight entertainment in both economy and first class compartment will be operated by Saudi Al-Qahtani Group’s wholly owned and newly launched national carrier for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – SaudiGulf Airlines.

The aircraft’s Economy Class Cabin will feature 8”9 displays at every seat and First Class Cabin will be equipped with 12”1 displays together with the award winning Thales TouchPMU, android based touchscreen passenger media unit.

SaudiGulf will take delivery of its Thales IFE equipped four (4) A320 aircrafts starting February 2015. It is anticipated the airline will begin operations in Q1 2015.