Saudi-based flyadeal has reached an understanding with Boeing for 50 narrow body aircraft, which will support the low-cost carrier’s growth.
The airline has committed to ordering 30 aeroplanes with options for 20 more in a deal worth up to $5.9 billion.
Director general, Saudi Arabian Airlines (owner of flyadeal), HE Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser commented on the development: “The demand for air transport services in the domestic market of the Saudi Arabia has grown exponentially. A new brand, with a fresh identity focused on low-fares, flyadeal has brought to the market a new choice – which has been received very positively.”
Al-Jasser explained that the low-cost carrier will continue to expand rapidly, and the addition to the fleet aligns well with its mission to bolster its presence in the domestic market and cover new markets outside of Saudi Arabia.
Also commenting was senior vice president of commercial sales and marketing, The Boeing Company, Ihssane Mounir: “flyadeal has opened up more affordable flights to millions of travellers and we are honoured that the airline has chosen the 737 MAX to power its exciting expansion. We have supplied commercial airplanes to Saudi Arabia for more than 70 years and we look forward to finalising this agreement and delivering advanced jetliners to flyadeal in the years ahead.”
The fastest selling aircraft in Boeing history, the 737 MAX has accumulated a total of 4,800 orders from over 100 customers. The aeroplane boasts the very latest technology in the single-aisle market, including advanced CFM International LEAP-1B engines, advanced technology winglets and other airframe enhancements.