Saudi Arabian Airlines is scheduled to become the first Middle Eastern carrier to join the SkyTeam alliance.

The flag carrier of Saudi Arabia signed an agreement to join SkyTeam in 2012.

Through the airline's hubs in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam, SkyTeam customers will be able to connect to 35 new destinations, including Alexandria, Egypt; Aden, Yemen; Colombo, Sri Lanka; and Islamabad, Pakistan.

"Saudi Arabian's growing hub in Riyadh and extensive network throughout the Middle East will bring Delta customers greater access to destinations across one of the world's most important economic regions," said Charlie Pappas, Delta's vice president of alliances.

SkyTeam said Saudi Arabian Airlines is undergoing a four-year restructuring to be completed by 2013. Key elements of the plan include modernization of infrastructure, restructuring of the airline's domestic and international network and fleet modernization through aircraft purchases.

Saudi Arabian flies to three U.S. destinations: New York Kennedy, Orlando and Washington Dulles.

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