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Saudi Airlines buys Boeing planes

New order will raise the number of Boeing 777 planes in the Saudia fleet to 35

Saudi Airlines buys Boeing planes
GROWTH STRATEGY: The national carrier also ordered 8 Boeing 787 dreamliners for its long haul fleet

Saudi Arabian Airlines ordered 12 Boeing 777-300 'Extended Range' (ER) planes for $3.3 billion, with an option for 10 more 777s, the US firm Boeing said on Sunday.

The national carrier, which is in the process of being privatised, also ordered 8 Boeing 787 dreamliners for its long haul fleet but did not give a price for that order.

Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Khaled al Mulhim said: "Our decision to order the 777-300 ER is part of a long-term growth strategy to expand and modernise our fleet with newer, more fuel efficient airplanes."

Saudi Airlines has a fleet of over 114 planes, including 35 Boeings and 35 Airbus A320s. The new order will raise the number of Boeing 777 planes in the Saudia fleet to 35.

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