20 May . 2024

Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy sign MoU to Boost Strategic Collaboration

  • The MoU underscores the airlines’ commitment to collaborate and support Vision 2030
  • The collaboration will include training in technical, aviation, ground operations, management, language and regulations, as well as executive education and coaching


Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy, a subsidiary of Saudia Group, announced a strategic collaboration Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance aviation training capabilities across the Kingdom. The signing took place at the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh marking a significant milestone in the realm of aviation education with and objective to elevate the standards of training for pilots, cabin crew and flight dispatchers.

Under the terms of the MoU, Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy will combine their expertise and resources to deliver comprehensive training programs covering many disciplines crucial to the aviation industry. These programs will encompass technical training, aviation fundamentals, ground operations, management principles, language proficiency, and regulatory compliance. Additionally, the collaboration will extend to executive education and coaching, catering to the professional development needs of aviation leaders and decision-makers.

Peter Bellew, COO of Riyadh Air, said:

This strategic partnership with Saudia Academy exemplifies our commitment to nurturing talent and fostering excellence within the aviation sector. By pooling our strengths and leveraging our collective experience, we aim to establish a world-class training ecosystem that empowers aviation professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to excel in their roles.

Saudia Academy CEO, Capt. Ismail AL Koshy commented:

At Saudia Academy, we recognize the importance of investing in training and development to ensure the highest standards of safety and service excellence. Through this partnership with Riyadh Air, we are poised to set new benchmarks in aviation training, equipping our personnel with the competencies required to navigate the dynamic landscape of the aviation industry.

The collaboration between Riyadh Air and Saudia Academy underscores the Kingdom's steadfast commitment to advancing its aviation capabilities and supporting the growth of its aviation workforce. The partnership aims to cultivate a robust talent pipeline and strengthen Saudi Arabia's position as a key player in the global aviation arena.