New order will raise the number of Boeing 777 planes in the Saudia fleet to 35
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.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.