Virgin Atlantic and Saudia Enter Codeshare Agreement

Tailplanes of Saudia and Virgin Atlantic planes together.
Image Credit: Saudia

Saudia, the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, and Virgin Atlantic, have joined forces in a new codeshare agreement.

This new partnership, effective June 2024, brings a wealth of benefits to both airlines’ passengers, enriching their travel experiences and expanding route networks.

Access to the US and Caribbean

Flying between Saudi Arabia, the United States, and the Caribbean just got easier. The codeshare agreement allows passengers to book connecting flights on both Saudia and Virgin Atlantic under a single ticket.

This simplifies the booking process and ensures seamless baggage handling, eliminating the hassle of multiple bookings and baggage checks.

This partnership allows frequent flyers to leverage existing membership benefits and accrue mileage towards status upgrades on both airlines.

Notably, Saudia’s AlFursan members can specifically earn and redeem miles on Virgin Atlantic flights, maximizing their travel rewards.

Airport signage for SAUDIA flight to Red Sea International Airport
Photo Credit: SAUDIA

Travel from Jeddah and Riyadh

This collaboration unlocks a world of travel possibilities. Saudia guests can now enjoy seamless travel from Jeddah and Riyadh to ten destinations across the United States and the Caribbean.

Passengers will connect through Virgin Atlantic’s extensive network at Heathrow and Manchester airports in the United Kingdom.

Virgin Atlantic passengers traveling from the US can conveniently book connecting flights via London to reach Saudia’s services in Jeddah and Riyadh.

Photo Credit: Saudia

About Saudia

Established in 1945, Saudia Airlines is the national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia. It has grown to become a major player in the Middle East’s aviation industry.

The airline boasts one of the youngest fleets globally, continuously investing in modernizing its aircraft.

Saudia’s extensive network covers around 100 destinations across four continents, including all domestic airports within Saudi Arabia.

A valued member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO), and the SkyTeam alliance (since 2012), Saudia is consistently recognized for its excellence.

The airline recently received the prestigious “World Class Airline 2024” award for the third consecutive year by The APEX Official Airline Ratings™.

Additionally, Saudia climbed 11 places in the Skytrax 2023 World’s Best Airlines ranking and achieved the top spot for global airlines with the best on-time performance (OTP) according to Cirium.


About Virgin Atlantic

The British carrier Virgin Atlantic is known for its innovative spirit and exceptional customer service.

Established in 1984, Virgin Atlantic has grown to become Britain’s second-largest long-haul carrier. It offers a three-cabin class configuration: Economy, Premium, and Upper Class.

The airline operates a modern fleet of Airbus and Boeing wide-body aircraft. It connects passengers to a range of destinations across North America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

Its main hub lies at London-Heathrow, with a secondary hub in Manchester and seasonal services from Edinburgh.

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