FLYADEAL SELECTS BOEING FOR UP TO 50 737 MAX JETS
21 Dec 2018
Jeddah, KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA – Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation confirms that it has concluded the evaluation process for a tender for 50 narrow body aircraft to support the further growth of its low cost subsidiary, flyadeal.
Boeing and flyadeal, reached an understanding today and announced the Middle East carrier is growing its fleet with the 737 MAX to take advantage of the airplane’s fuel efficiency, range and passenger comforts. The airline committed to ordering 30 airplanes with options for 20 more in a deal that would be valued at up to $5.9 billion at list prices.
The understanding is subject to mutually concluding final terms and conditions and a Purchase Agreement between the parties.
Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said: “The demand for air transport services in the domestic market of the Kingdom of 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.
Continued Mr. Al-Jasser: “The low-fares airline will continue to expand rapidly, and the addition to the fleet aligns well with flyadeal's target to grow its presence in the domestic market and cover new markets outside of Saudi Arabia.”
“flyadeal has opened up more affordable flights to millions of travelers and we are honored that the airline has chosen the 737 MAX to power its exciting expansion,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. “We have supplied commercial airplanes to Saudi Arabia for more than 70 years and we look forward to finalizing this agreement and delivering advanced jetliners to flyadeal in the years ahead.”
“Saudi Arabia is a very important market for Boeing and we are committed to the goals of the Kingdom’s National Transformation Program and Vision 2030. Boeing congratulates flyadeal on their selection of the MAX.
The 737 MAX is the fastest-selling airplane in Boeing history, accumulating more than 4,800 orders from over 100 customers worldwide. The airplane’s superior performance is enabled by the latest technology in the single-aisle market, including advanced CFM International LEAP-1B engines, Advanced Technology winglets, and other airframe enhancements. For more information and feature content, visit www.boeing.com/commercial/737max.
Based in Jeddah, flyadeal is an Everyday Low Fares Airline that has been created to meet the growing demand for affordable air travel in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East. The airline is the low-cost arm and fully owned subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation and is one of the strategic pillars of the group’s overall transformation program.
flyadeal's first flight took off from Jeddah to Riyadh on Saudi National day, September 23, 2017. As of mid-December 2018, flyadeal has flown over 2.5 million passengers. The initial fleet of eight aircraft is carrying 10,000 passengers daily on 54 domestic flights, serving 10 routes between 8 destinations.
For more information visit flyadeal.com or flyadeal’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram accounts.