Saudi Arabian full-service carrier SaudiGulf Airlines has obtained regulatory approval to activate Wi-Fi services on board its domestic and international flights, and has brought the system online.

The airline, which previously said it aims to provide an upscale service standard for passengers, said Feb. 14 that introducing Wi-Fi is the latest stage in that process.

“The successful implementation of Wi-Fi service further illustrates the elevated level of facilities that SaudiGulf is setting as its new standards of travel, which emphasizes providing customers with an exceptional level of service onboard,’’ CEO Samer Majali said.

The airline has partnered with SITAONAIR to introduce the new facility. Access to Wi-Fi will be a chargeable option, starting from SAR12 ($3.20).

SaudiGulf Airlines, one of the Abdulhadi Al-Qahtani & Sons companies, operates daily flights between its hub in Dammam, Riyadh, Jeddah and Abha.

The carrier also announced the start of international flights in March to include twice-daily service between Riyadh and Dubai.

SaudiGulf operates a small fleet of Airbus A320s and is a customer for the Bombardier CSeries, although Majali has previously said he is unhappy with the delays in bringing the Canadian aircraft into service.

Alan Dron