Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Arabia?s national airline, has signed a firm contract with Airbus for eight A330-300 wide body aircraft, as part of its fleet modernisation plan.
The contract follows one for 22 Airbus A320s signed at the end of 2007, marking the first agreement between Saudi Arabian Airlines and Airbus for commercial aircraft in 26 years. With this latest contract; Saudi Arabian Airlines will benefit from the operational commonality and efficiency of a combined Airbus wide body and single aisle fleet.
"The Airbus A330-300 is the right aircraft for our ambitious fleet renewal plans. The aircraft combines operational efficiency as well as cabin comfort for our customers, and will enable Saudi Arabian Airlines to meet rising passenger demand and expectations,? said His Excellency Engineer Khalid al Molhem, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Previously, Saudi Arabian Airlines was the launch customer for the A300-600, which was first delivered to Saudi Arabian Airlines in 1984.
?Saudi Arabian Airlines is one of the biggest and longest-established airlines in the Middle East and Airbus is delighted to be part of Saudi?s extensive fleet modernisation plan. Airbus is also delighted that this agreement re-enforces our partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines,? said Tom Enders, Airbus President and CEO.
The Airbus A330 remains the most economic means of flying some 300 passengers on medium range routes in true long haul comfort. A330 aircraft not only offer unbeatable economics, but in today?s world where green issues are a concern, Saudi Arabian Airlines has chosen the world?s most fuel efficient and productive aircraft on the market.
With a true wide-body fuselage allowing very high comfort standards, the A330-300 is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit the diverse customer requirements. It has a range of up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km with a full passenger load. Highly efficient and optimized for the medium ? to extended range market, the A330-300 offers the best balance between range and cost. Orders for the aircraft stand at more than 300.