Saudia, previously known as Saudi Arabian Airlines, joined SkyTeam at a ceremony in Jeddah on Tuesday as the first member airline from the Middle East. The airline first announced its plans to join the global airline alliance in early 2011.
Delta was criticized last year after online reports and discussion raised questions about how Jewish travelers might be affected. A State Department web page on travel to Saudi Arabia says there have been "reports by U.S. citizens that they were refused a Saudi visa because their passports reflected travel to Israel or indicated that they were born in Israel." Delta said visa requirements are dictated by that nation's government, not by airlines.