Boeing and SaudiGulf Airlines announced earlier this week a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for up to 16 widebody aircraft, which when ordered is predicted to be delivered to SaudiGulf Airlines within the next three years.
This agreement, was signed in the presence of the Custodian of the two Holy Mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and President of the United Sates of America Donald Trump. When finalized, the deal will also mark Boeing’s entry into SaudiGulf Airlines’ fleet.
The MOU was signed by Tariq Abdelhadi Al Qahtani, Chairman, SaudiGulf and Dennis Muilenburg, Chairman, President and CEO, The Boeing Company.
The SaudiGulf Airlines deal will further boost an already strong relationship between Boeing the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. A relationship which began on February 14, 1945, when U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented a twin-engine DC-3 Dakota airplane to King Abdulaziz Al Saud, which marked both the beginning of the Boeing relationship with Saudi Arabia and the birth of commercial air travel in the Kingdom.
SaudiGulf Airlines is a new national, quality airline in KSA which started its operation in October 2016 with four brand new Airbus A320 aircrafts. SaudiGulf Airlines is the newest addition to the Saudi skies introducing a new level of Boutique service with the youngest fleet in the region. The airline operates a dual class (First and Economy) configured A320, with newly designed comfortable leather seats and inflight entertainment systems in every seat offering a wide variety of movies, games and audio programs even on domestic flights.
The current operation of the airline includes high frequency operation between Jeddah and Riyadh (six daily flights), Dammam and Jeddah (two daily flights) as well as Dammam and Riyadh (four daily flights).
The aircraft were not specified in the MOU.