Saudi Arabia

Saudia Launches Free Social Media Text Messaging Service Onboard

Saudi Arabia’s national carrier Saudia has launched a new ‘social messaging’ plan to provide all passengers with free access to three applications – iMessage, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp.

The texting-only service will be provided to passengers across all the classes onboard all flights that are enabled with wifi connectivity – currently standing at over 100 aircraft, a statement said.

Passengers can access the social messaging plan through a three-step process. To select the service, they can connect their device to the “SAUDIA_ONAIR” network, and then select the plan and provide an email address in order to activate.

Once the social messaging plan is selected, it will be available for the flight duration for a maximum data limit of 10MB.

The carrier claimed it is the “first airline” in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia to introduce a complimentary social media messaging plan onboard flights.

Saudia first introduced introduced the free Whatsapp plan onboard domestic flights on May 5, which expanded to include all international flights less than a month later, on May 31.

So far more than half million passengers have logged on and experienced the free Whatsapp plan, the airline said.