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Saudi Arabian Airlines or Saudia Airlines has an excellent lie-flat First Class apartment style seat or suite on their B777 planes. In this trip report, I detail the seat which I experienced, not on a flight to or from Jeddah, but at the World Travel Market in London last week. While at the show, I also tried out the Saudia Airlines B777 Business Class seats.

Saudia is the national carrier airline of Saudi Arabia, based in Jeddah. You can fly in their new fully lie-flat First Class Seats on their 777-300R planes both for long-haul travel and also short-haul.

Saudia flies to over 80 cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and North America from its hubs of Jeddah, Riyadh, Dammam, Medina and Abha. The top International Saudia destinations include Dubai, Cairo, Istanbul, London, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Paris, Washington, Beirut and Amman.

The Saudia loyalty program is Alfursan with almost 5 million members.

Saudia Airlines Cabin Arrangement & Suites

The cabin layout is in rows of 1-2-1 seats. The seats within the Suites have a sand or camel coloured leather surface, loads of storage and an ottoman at the far side or your suite which could be used by a visitor; two people could dine together on the shared table, if one say on the ottoman or footstool seat and the other on the main, throne-like seat.

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This Suite is a proper room on the plane and feels spacious. The seat felt huge and when I pulled the doors shut and there was plenty of space in my own, very private “Suite world” (as long as you didn’t stand up and look over the top). I would enjoy flying in this suite, although clearly on this occasion I wasn’t actually flying, and merely visited it for a few minutes.

It is worth noting that behind the First Class cabin on the B777 is a walk-up bar for additional food and drinks, as well as the two First Class bathrooms.

Which Are the Best First Class Seats On The Saudia Airlines B777?

First Class is situated at the front of the cabin and Business Class is just behind, separated by the galley and toilets. Of note, there are 3 different plane layouts, so the layout of the B777 you travel on may be slightly different, although the fundamentals of seat choice should remain the same.

There is little to choose between the First Class seats. Seats labelled A and L are window seats. In the sky, if you pick a window seat, you have 3 windows, which makes them my top seat pick and the best seats on the plane.

If you are travelling in a two you might prefer a centre pair as the wall between the seats can be lowered and raised so that you can chat to your neighbour if you choose.

Food in First Class On The Saudia Airlines B777?

The on-board chef will cook you up what you like from the on-board First Class menu including:

Roast Potato and Leek Soup.
Caviar.
Mezze Selection.
Western Appetizer.
Gourmet Salad.

Followed by mains of:
Lobster Thermidor.
Biryani.
Braised Lamb.
Grilled Chicken Breast.

On the sleeper service, you also get a breakfast towards the end of your flight. You can see the menu choices from my pictures above.

Amenity Kit in First Class On The Saudia Airlines B777?

The amenity kit in First Class is different for women and men. Women get THANN lip balm, a THANN facial mist, and a THANN moisturising cream and face cream, eye shades, a brush and mirror, earplugs and toothbrush. Men get a similar selection but from brand ACCA KAPPA 1869 in a hard Porsche Design case.

Travelling Saudia First Class also gets you a pair of snazzy Porsche Design pyjamas which are pictured in my scroller above. They are grey and red and look very comfortable, with a Porsche design logo on the material and a Porsche design bag storing them.

Conclusion

Saudia was recently rated by Skytrax as the world’s most improved airline, and this fantastic new First Class Suite with Porsche amenities and onboard chef food offering mean that Saudia is now an excellent airline choice if they fly your route.

You can see the B777 cabin in more detail in this video:

It is worth reading my 10 tips to find cheap long-haul Business Class flights for a way to save money on your next First, Business and even Premium Economy flight booking.