By Andy Sambidge
Deliveries of A320s is part of fleet expansion plan;. a further six planes expected later this year
Saudi carrier nasair has announced that it has received its first four new Airbus A320 as part of its deal to purchase 10 new aircraft.
All the planes are scheduled to be delivered during 2013, the airline said in a statement.
"This exercise falls in line with nasair's efforts to increase its fleet of Airbus A320s to provide for the ever increasing demand of its customers. This highlights the continued growth of the airline which has expansion plans both within and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia," the statement added.
Raja Azmi, CEO of nasair, said the additions to the fleet highlighted a "clear vision" in terms of expanding its operation and serving a wider number of passengers both in and outside the Gulf kingdom.
Megat Ardian, chief commercial officer of nasair, added that the arrival of the new aircraft would help the carrier meets rising demands during Ramadan.
He said nasair will be adding 32,000 seats a day and will have 12 daily return flights from Riyadh to Jeddah at the start of the holy month.
Since its inception in 2007, nasair has carried more than 11 million and has more than 950 weekly flights and operates 88 routes both in and outside Saudi Arabia.
nasair in May announced that it will be the first MENA-based airline to launch passenger operations from the new Dubai World Central.
The airline said it would start services at Dubai's second airport and the world's first purpose-built aerotropolis on October 28.