Khaleej Times, Wednesday, Mar 15, 2023 | Sha'ban 23, 1444
Saudia signs deal for 49 787s
Boeing and Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) announced on Tuesday that the
national flag carrier will grow its long-haul fleet with the selection of up to
49 787 Dreamliners.
Saudia said it is set to purchase 39 787s, with a further 10 options, utilizing
the outstanding efficiency, range and flexibility of the Dreamliner to
sustainably grow its global operation. The agreement will include both 787-9 and
This agreement is part of a plan to purchase up to 121 787 Dreamliners in what
will be the fifth-largest commercial order by value in Boeing’s history. This
will support the country’s goal of serving 330 million passengers and attracting
100 million visitors annually by 2030, a Saudia statement said.
“Saudia continues its expansion efforts in all aspects of the airline; whether
it’s introducing new destinations or increasing the aircraft fleet,” Ibrahim Al
Omar, director general of Saudia Group. “The agreement with Boeing delivers on
this commitment and the newly added aircraft will further enable Saudia to
fulfill its strategic objective of bringing the world to the kingdom”.
The airline currently operates more than 50 Boeing airplanes on its long-haul
network, including the 777-300ER (extended range) and 787-9 and 787-10
Dreamliner. The additional 787s complement Saudia’s existing fleet, enabling it
to effectively harness the value of the 777 and 787 families.
“Adding to its 787 Dreamliner fleet will enable Saudia to expand its long-haul
service with outstanding range, capacity, and efficiency,” said Stan Deal,
president, and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.