By Beatrice Thomas
National flag carrier Saudia also told to improve employment conditions
Saudi’s Shoura Council has ordered the General Organisation for Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) to present a plan to Saudise pilot jobs at the national flag carrier, it was reported.
The council also demanded the organisation work on improving employment condition of pilots, co-pilots and the flight crew focusing on promotions and other service benefits, Saudi Gazette reported.
Acting after it received a report from the transport, communications and IT committee, the legislative decision-making body is said to have demanded Saudia speed up the creation of a special online account for each beneficiary in the government and private sectors.
It also endorsed a recommendation from a member asking Saudia to set up social responsibility program.
The council called for a survey to be commissioned on standard of services and satisfaction of passengers with an objective to further improve them. It also instructed the organisation to include details of the airline’s privatisation drive in its annual reports.
In its final stages of privatization, four major sectors are marked down for privatisation in 2014: Medical services, Saudi Airlines Real Estate Development Company, Saudia Private Airline and Prince Sultan Aviation Academy.
Saudia has already privatised five units including catering, cargo, ground services and Saudia aerospace engineering industries, the Gazette reported.
Shoura must appoint female Saudi flight crew as well.