Can Saudi Arabia turn its airline into a real rival to Emirates and Qatar?

Dubai (CNN Business)Saudi Arabia is hosting its first international air show as it seeks to turn its national airline into a global player. “Our brothers in the UAE and Qatar have worked so well to transform aviation in the Middle East … Saudi aviation companies should have a much greater share in the Middle East aviation market,” he said in an interview with Saudi state television in 2017. Shadow of Khashoggi killing Dozens of international companies are listed as exhibitors as the airshow, which kicks off Tuesday in Riyadh. Yet Boeing (BA), Airbus (EADSF), Raytheon (RTN) and Thales said they will be represented by regional staff at the event rather than global executives. Businesses have been hesitant to deepen their …