Saudia is a great airline. It is also one of the world's worst. It all depends on which route you are travelling and the status that destination holds for the Saudis. IE
: Flying to SIN
or India isn't a nice experience but flying to LHR
and a few others the service is really quite good.
Unlike the West, the Saudi public do not normally book their travel in advance. It is quite normal to decide your family holiday destination that morning! All flts tend to be heavily overbooked as they change their plans at the last minute too.
The saudis like space when they travel and the 777 gives them that. Like any airline flts during the week have lower loads and their weekend flts are pretty much full. Trying to get a flt from Europe to RUH
on a Thu or Fri (their weekend) is near impossible.
Using a 777 to Europe is not a waste. The way they travel demands an aircraft like the 777.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.