Saudia Group places major order with Airbus

Airbus A330 (Photo: Mario Caruana / MAviO News).
Airbus A330 (Photo: Mario Caruana / MAviO News).

Saudia Group places major order with Airbus

Airbus A330 (Photo: Mario Caruana / MAviO News).
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Saudia Group, which includes Saudi Arabia's national airline Saudia and low-cost carrier Flyadeal, has signed a historic firm order for 105 A320neo family aircraft with Airbus. This significant agreement, announced at the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh, marks an important step in Saudia Group's ambitious expansion strategy and contributes to the realization of Saudi Arabia's Vision 2030.

The order consists of 12 A320neo and 93 A321neo and increases Saudia Group's order backlog with Airbus to a total of 144 A320neo family aircraft. The signing took place in the presence of high-ranking officials, including Saleh bin Nasser AIJasser, Minister of Transport and Logistics of Saudi Arabia, and Ibrahim Al-Omar, General Director of Saudia Group.

Ibrahim Al-Omar highlighted the importance of this agreement to Saudia Group's ambitious goals to expand flight capacity and meet increasing demand across over 100 destinations worldwide. This move will not only help create jobs and increase local value creation, but also support the Saudi economy.

Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Executive Vice President Sales of the Commercial Aircraft Division at Airbus, highlighted the role of the new A320neo aircraft in implementing Saudi Vision 2030. These aircraft not only offer exceptional efficiency and cost-effectiveness, but also contribute to more sustainable aviation by reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

Saudi Arabia is pursuing ambitious tourism goals with its tourism strategy, which aims to attract more than 2030 million tourists by 150. The Airbus contract will play a critical role in supporting these ambitions and transforming the Kingdom into a leading global tourism destination.

Airbus' A320neo family, which has already received more than 18.000 orders from over 300 customers worldwide, is considered the most popular single-aisle aircraft in the world. The A321neo, the largest member of this family, offers unrivaled range and performance as well as maximum passenger comfort. In addition, Airbus actively contributes to the sustainability of aviation by allowing all aircraft in the A320 family to run on up to 50% sustainable aviation fuel.

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