I believe it was mentioned in the news that KSA has been accepted with a full membership in the WTO, and some of what I know (and may be wrong now) is that
2.Depends on the pace with which KSA applies WTO regulations on SOE’s. May be SV
is high on the list, but you’ve got to keep in mind that SV
is a very significant SOE and keeping a viable flag carrier is probably essential in the mind of KSA policy makers.
3.I would think not if (1) is applied, unless KSA also conforms to the open skies aspects of the WTO.
4.I read somewhere, and quite a while ago, that a group of Saudi Business men has approached the government on buying all the older SV
fleet if they are allowed full domestic operations, which is understandably something SV
would not readily give up.
5.That’s a tough one to answer, if you’d consider that airlines operate as part of the overall commerce.
6.I also remember, the Saudi Airline privatization study/plan was made by KPMG, and last I know of is that they recommended SV
privatization while maintaining monopoly status.
Best wishes for a happy new year
[Edited 2005-12-25 11:42:09]