New OSN channels set to go live soon

Updated 16 December 2012
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New OSN channels set to go live soon

OSN, a major pay-TV network in the MENA, has announced the launch of five new channels that will go live across the region on Jan.1. The new channels reaffirm OSN’s commitment to providing exclusive premium content to its viewers.
Two premium HD Arabic channels — OSN Ya Hala Shabab HD and OSN Ya Hala Arabella HD — lead the channel expansion which also includes the addition of leading English language lifestyle, pop-culture and ‘infotainment’ channels Discovery World, Fuel TV and Fine Living that are new to the region.
OSN will also enhance its HD portfolio with Discovery, E! and ITV upgraded to HD bringing the OSN HD line-up to an amazing 36 channels giving viewers the widest cinematic experience of HD in the region.
David Butorac, CEO of OSN said: “This is an exciting time for OSN. The new channels mark a key milestone for OSN enabling us to offer more of what our customers love to watch through exclusive, quality and high definition programming. The new channels give viewers more choice, more HD and
more premium entertainment that appeals to all segments.


Commenting on the expansion of OSN’s Arabic channels, Khulud Abu Homos, SVP of programming and creative services, said: “A new era of Arabic production emerged with the launch of OSN Ya Hala! HD last year and this is yet another beginning of a whole new world about to come to
life through our brand new HD channels.
Emad Morcos, VP, business development, strategy and digital at OSN adds: “The three new channels complement our existing line up addressing the high demand for more women oriented and lifestyle
programming as well as a dedicated channel for high-octane sporting action".


Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

Updated 24 May 2018
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Dhaka-bound passengers from Jeddah reach home

  • All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom, greeted passengers returning to Dhaka following a brief stay in Jeddah due to an irregular occurrence on one of its aircraft.
Flight SV3818 operating from Madinah to Dhaka on Monday diverted to Jeddah for an emergency landing due to nose gear malfunction, which became apparent mid-flight. The aircraft was an Airbus A330-200, wet-leased to Saudia.
All 141 passengers and 10 crew members onboard were evacuated safely, and were cared for by the airline’s ground operations team and airport personnel.
Upon concluding all safety and health checks, the passengers were cleared to fly the next day. The Saudia ground operations team conducted all formalities and clearances in order for the guests to fly to Dhaka at 7:30 p.m. Jeddah local time on Tuesday.
Greeting the guests at King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah prior to departure was Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, along with representatives from the airline, civil aviation authority and crew.
“Saudia thanks the onboard crew, General Authority of Civil Aviation, and King Abdul Aziz International Airport control for providing their cohesive, full support and cooperation during the event,” the airline said in a statement.
The flight arrived in Dhaka at 4:48 a.m. Dhaka time on Wednesday where they were met by the Saudia country manager and the station staff.
Currently in its 73rd year of operations, Saudia is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
The airline currently flies to 90 destinations across four continents with a fleet of 147 narrow and widebody aircraft.
At the 2017 Skytrax Awards held at the Paris Air Show, Saudia was awarded the “World’s Most Improved Airline” of the year.