By Staff writer
Saudia has started to renew its fleet with the retirement of its Embraer 170 aircraft
Saudia, the kingdom’s national carrier, has started to renew its fleet with the retirement of its Embraer 170 aircraft.
The Saudi carrier entered 15 E170s into service in December 2005, which accumulated more than 350,000 flight hours, operated in the regional and domestic markets. The last of those aircraft completed its final service on December 19, with a trip from Sharm el-Sheikh to Jeddah, the airline said.
The removal of the E170 is part of Saudia’s plans to reduce its average aircraft age to less than four years, and use only Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
Four Boeing 747-400s and five 777-200s were also retired in 2016 and the airline intends to remove seven A320s and 18 777-200s from service in 2017.