• 30 Aircraft to Join Saudia Fleet in 2017

    Wednesday, 08 June 2017 11:28 WIB

    Saudi Arabian Airlines has announced its fleet plan for 2017 which is a part of the main strategic plan aiming to modernize and double the fleet to 200 aircraft by 2020. In this context, number of agreements have been signed during 2015 and 2016 to acquire (113) of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world.

    His Excellency, Eng Saleh al-Jasser affirmed that the current year will witness the acquisition of 30 new aircraft, include: (7) B787-9 Dreamliner, (5) B777- 300ER equipped with first suites, (10) A330-300R, and (8) A320ceo, stressing that modernization the fleet includes a huge increase in seat capacity on domestic sector, launching new international destinations, developing product and improving services.

    Al-Jasser announced that A330-300R will be the first delivered aircraft during 2017 and the 11th of 20 aircraft of the same model, and will arrive to King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah on Thursday, 26th Jan.

    Al-Jasser stated that in this year the airline will retire (18) aircraft, the remaining aircraft from B777-200 fleet, and will be compensated by the modern aircraft that are being received. During 2016, (19) aircraft have been retired, include: (4) B747-400 and (15) Embraer planes.

    Al-Jasser declared that the average age of Saudia fleet declined to 5.87 years and will be further decline to less than 4 years, thus it will be the youngest in the sky. He emphasized that modernizing the fleet goes hand in hand with another promising initiatives include rehabilitating and training of national cadres to manage and operate this fleet.