His Excellency the Minister of Transport, Chairman of the Board of General Authority of Civil Aviation, Chairman of the Board of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Mr. Sulaiman Alhamdan announced the approval by SAUDIA’s Board of Directors of SAUDIA’s fleet plan, part of which acquiring additional 63 modern airplanes.
Alhamdan further stated that “it is my pleasure that while we celebrate our National Day to announce that the national carrier has acquired 63 new aircraft as part of its fleet expansion and modernization plan reflecting the strength of our national economy.”
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Mr. Alhamdan sent his heartfelt congratulations to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques and HRH the Crown Prince and HRH the Deputy Crown Prince on the occasion of the 86th National Day.
SAUDIA’s Director General Engineer Saleh Aljasser elaborated that this new acquisition includes the following aircraft:
- 15 Boeing 777-300ER’s
- 13 Boeing 787’s
- 35 Airbus A320/A321neo’s
Mr. Aljasser emphasized that these aircraft are in addition to the 50 Airbus aircraft (A330 Regional’s and A320’s) which SAUDIA has signed for last year in Paris under the patronage of HRH Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense and His Excellency the President of France, and we have begun receiving some of these aircraft last month.
Mr. Aljasser declared that 2017 will witness the delivery of highest number of new aircraft (30) in the history of the airline, 22 of which are wide-body aircraft (777-300ER’s/787-9’s/A330R’s); while within the last 4 months of this year 2016 we are receiving 25 aircraft, 21 of which are wide-body’s in addition to the 4 aircraft we received earlier this year bringing the total deliveries in 2016 to 29 aircraft.
Source: Saudia Press Release