Date of Award

Summer 6-1996

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Degree Name

Master of Business Administration in Aviation


Aviation Business Administration

Committee Chair

Bijan Vasigh

Committee Member

Cheryl Van Deusen

Committee Member

Tom Tacker


This thesis investigates the possibility of privatizing Saudi Arabian Airlines. The research study has been divided into different sections. The author investigates the privatization programs in airlines and airports.

A number of airlines have been chosen to evaluate the effectiveness of privatization. An overview of Saudia regional performance was conducted. This was done to show the Saudia position among other regional carriers. The last chapter includes a regression analysis and empirical findings.

The major finding of the research study concluded that Saudi Airlines would have been profitable if it had been privatized at the same time as British Airways. The research has very well supported the government of Saudi Arabia’s decision to privatize the national airline. To materialize the idea, a concrete and thorough study on Saudi Arabian Airlines’ financial and administrative condition has been conducted.