Aeroplane joins fleet of 13 787-9 Dreamliners and 33 777-300 ER jets
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has taken delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliner from Boeing.
The aircraft will complement the carrier’s current fleet which includes 13 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 33 777-300 ER (extended range) jets.
Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general, Saudia, said: “The aeroplane’s onboard cabin features, long range capability and the latest in technological advancements are among the many aspects of what makes the Boeing 787 highly popular with our guests.”
More than 30 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners have been delivered to seven operators since the aeroplane entered commercial service last year.
The longer 787-10 adds about 40 more seats for Saudia in a 2-class configuration and cargo capacity, offering 25 percent better fuel per seat and fewer emissions than the aeroplanes it replaces. With a range of 6,345 nautical miles (11,750km), the 787-10 can fly more than 95 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes.
“Saudia has been a valued partner with Boeing for nearly 75 years and this delivery marks another major milestone in our partnership. Our team takes great pride in building and delivering quality aircraft to Saudia and we are honoured by the continuing confidence in the 787 Dreamliner and 777 families,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing, Boeing.
Meanwhile, Saudia has added four destinations to its flights taking off from the newly-opened terminal 1 at the King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah.
The national carrier will soon start operating international regular flights to Irbil, in Iraq; Sharm el Sheikh and Alexandria in Egypt; and Jordan’s capital, Amman.