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Flyadeal operates its first all-female flight in Saudi Arabia

Flyadeal operated the first flight with all-female crew, majority of which were Saudis on the newest Airbus A320 aircraft.

Flight 117 operated between Riyadh and Jeddah.

flyadeal receives its first three new Airbus A320neos

flyadeal, the low-cost subsidiary of Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines, issued this statement:

Saudi Arabia’s first true low cost airline, launched through only digital and social channels
• Flies to both domestic and international destinations and has flown over 11 million passengers
• 47 additional new Airbus A320neo to join the fleet
• Creating career opportunities in aviation for younger generation

flyadeal, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, marks several milestones ahead of its four-year anniversary on September 23, 2021.

During an event held on September 15 at the King Abdulaziz Airport in Jeddah, the Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, H.E. Eng. Ibrahim Alomar, the CEO of flyadeal Mr. Con Korfiatis, flyadeal board members,dignitaries, partners, special guests and members of the media were present to mark the official introduction of the airline’s latest Airbus A320neo joining the fleet – its third delivery in three months.


flyadeal is a game-changing initiative that has become the first successful Saudi low-cost airline. It is also currently the fastest growing airline in the Middle East. The formation of the airline was inspired by the Saudi Vision 2030.

Director General Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, His Excellency Eng. Alomar said:

“flyadeal is a prime example of the Saudi vision 2030. It demonstrates the potential of the Kingdom’s aviation sector.

Lower fares from flyadeal will enable more people to travel, encouraging trade and tourism.”

The airline accomplished a unique feat by launching exclusively on digital and social channels, which demonstrated the immense potential of the fast-growing digital and social media market. With its vibrant purple, lime colors and youthful inviting brand, flyadeal quickly became very popular with  travelers.


The airline began its operations with a small fleet of leased A320 aircraft, with double daily flights between Jeddah and Riyadh.

In under one year of flying, flyadeal was operating 392 weekly flights within Saudi Arabia and soon became the second largest airline on the highest traffic route in the MENA region (Jeddah to Riyadh).

flyadeal has been able to accelerate growth within the Saudi domestic market. The journey of flyadeal has been exceptional. The low-cost airline is now operating over 600 weekly flights, with a fleet of 15 A320 aircraft.

flyadeal is currently operating 18 routes domestically.


flyadeal is focusing on providing digital solutions to customers in line with the Vision 2030 focus on digital enablement; 98% of seats sold are through direct online booking.

The airline has also become the first in the Kingdom to create employment opportunities for Saudi women to work in several areas, including pilots, cabin crew, airport managers, executive leadership, and has also supported efforts to localize pilot positions through its cadet program.


On April 28, 2021, flyadeal set a Guinness World Record by lighting up 8,015 light bulbs to say “Shukran” (Thank You) to its customers on the occasion of 10 million passengers flown. It is currently the largest LED light bulb word in the Guinness World Records.


In July of this year, flyadeal began international operations between Riyadh and Dubai, United Arab Emirates. There are plans to expand into other regional and international routes that are yet to be announced.


flyadeal operates an all-Airbus fleet of single-aisle Airbus A320 aircraft.

In July 2019 flyadeal made a strategic announcement, announcing the order of 50 Airbus A320neo (New Engine Option) aircraft*

“The Airbus A320neo aircraft features a brand-new seating concept, providing greater legroom and comfort for our customers. It features 60% more overhead storage space and a new ambient mood lighting concept.  It will also deliver a more fuel-efficient performance and give us the range to open up more new destinations” Con Korfiatis, CEO of flyadeal said.

The airline has now inducted 3 brand new Airbus A320neo aircraft, and are expecting to operate the full 50 that are on order, by 2025.

flyadeal signs a long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement with Airbus

flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, signed a long-term Flight Hour Services (FHS) agreement to support its A320 fleet.

The agreement includes the 1,000th aircraft supported by Airbus Flight Hour Services. The carrier will benefit from integrated material services including spare pool access, on-site-stock at the main base and components engineering and repairs. Through the FHS contract, Airbus will guarantee spare parts availability, contributing to securing aircraft technical performance.

Airbus has finalized 11 Flight Hour Services contracts with operators worldwide over the last six months. The latest contract agreements demonstrate the continued interest in Airbus’s integrated maintenance service, proving more relevant than ever in post-crisis times when airlines need to carefully monitor their costs and contain investments.

flyadeal takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

flyadeal, the low-cost Jeddah-based airline owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines, has taken delivery of a brand new A320neo, the first out of 30 to be delivered in the next 3 years.

The aircraft is the first out of 65 A320neo family aircraft ordered by Saudi Arabian Airline at the Paris Airshow 2019, and will join flyadeal’s all Airbus fleet.

Powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, the A320neo will offer flyadeal outstanding operational, economic and environmental performance.

flyadeal’s A320neo is configured with 186 seats in a comfortable all economy class layout. Passengers onboard the aircraft will benefit from the widest cabin of any single-aisle aircraft in the sky, as well as the latest cabin feature offering optimum passenger comfort.

The A320neo is the ideal aircraft for flyadeal to grow and expand its domestic and regional network. Demonstrating the operational flexibility of the A320neo, the aircraft will allow the airline to efficiently enhance its operations to additional networks and foster closer links with countries across the region and beyond.

The A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines, Sharklets and aerodynamics, which together deliver 20% in fuel savings and CO2 reduction compared to previous generation Airbus aircraft. The A320neo Family has received more than 7,400 orders from over 120 customers.

flyadeal switches to Airbus, cancels its Boeing 737 MAX order

flyadeal has made this announcement:

flyadeal has announced a significant growth to its fleet, with an order for 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft, and options for a further 20 A320neo family aircraft.

This is in response to continuing growth in passenger demand across domestic, regional and international routes.

Deliveries of the flyadeal aircraft will commence in 2021.

The allocation of the new aircraft to flyadeal follows from the agreement which Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation (Saudia) signed during the Paris Air Show in June this year.

The agreement was for a total of 100 aircraft, and was signed by His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, in the presence of His Excellency Dr. Ghassan Abdulrahman Al-Shibil, Chairman Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation.

The additional aircraft are part of the dual brand strategy of the Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation where flyadeal serves the price conscious customer that is seeking everyday low fares.

This order will result in flyadeal operating an all- Airbus A320 fleet in the future.

Note: An order with Boeing for 30 737 MAX jets has been cancelled.

flyadeal to switch from Airbus to Boeing

Boeing and flyadeal today announced the Middle East carrier is growing its fleet with the 737 MAX aircraft 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 price.

The deal is subject to both sides concluding final terms and conditions and a purchase agreement. It will appear on Boeing’s Orders & Deliveries website once all contingencies are cleared.

flyadeal, a subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines, offers affordable flights within Saudi Arabia. Over the past year, the airline has conducted an evaluation process for 50 narrowbody airplanes to support domestic growth and potential international expansion. While flyadeal has been operating new Airbus A320s, the airline says it has selected the 737 MAX for the future.


flyadeal selected the 737 MAX 8 which has capacity for 189 passengers in a one-class configuration. Compared to flyadeal’s current fleet of A320s, the MAX 8 carries 12 more passengers and provides 8 percent lower operating costs per seat.”

Boeing’s partnership with Saudi Arabia’s aviation industry began in 1945 with the delivery of a DC-3 aircraft that gave birth to commercial air travel in the kingdom. Over the past seven decades, airlines in the kingdom have operated almost every Boeing commercial jetliner, including the 707, 737s Classics, MD-11Fs, 747s, 777s, and 787 Dreamliners.

Based in Jeddah, flyadeal offers flights to eight domestic destinations including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Qassim, Tabuk, Gizan, Madinah and Abha.

flyadeal celebrates its 100,000th customer after two months of flying

Saudia's new low-fare subsidiary commences operations

flyadeal issued this statement:

Since its launch, flyadeal, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s new low fares airline, has been growing its flights and network rapidly. It achieved a major milestone flying its 100,000th Customer on November 30, 2017 barely two months after starting operations on September 23, 2017 Saudi Arabia’s National Day.

The 100,000th Customer took advantage of flyadeal’s attractive low fares and travelled with his family from Riyadh to Jeddah to perform Umrah. In recognition of this special moment, members of the flyadeal team surprised Bader Alnofaie and his family with a voucher for the value of his tickets and an aircraft model as a gesture of gratitude and appreciation.

“Today, with the support of our Customers, we continue to add more flights on high-demand routes, and we look forward to announcing new routes in the coming months – in addition to the arrival of more new aircraft to serve these operations.”

Bader Alnofaie, a military employee, shared his enthusiasm at being the 100,000th Customer and said: “I feel blessed to be standing here and celebrating this milestone in flyadeal’s history with my family. We chose flyadeal because my family has flown with your airline previously and recommended it. Currently, we feel flyadeal is the most attractive airline on the market. Not only are the prices very low, the service offers greater value than the price. We recommend flyadeal to anyone wishing to fly for less, and I look forward to being the 200,000th Customer as well.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by flyadeal): Flyadeal (Saudia) Airbus A320-214 WL D-AXAC (HZ-FAA) (msn 7829) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 939003.


Saudia’s Flyadeal is getting ready to launch operations

New Saudia low-fare subsidiary

Saudia Airlines announced on April 17, 2016 the launching of its new low-cost airline subsidiary.

This announcement was made at a ceremony held under the patronage of H.E. Sulaiman Al-Hamdan, President of the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) and Chairman of Saudia Airlines’ Board of Directors, and in the presence of Saudi Airlines Director General along with a number of chief executives of the strategic units of Saudi Arabian Airlines Company, specialized experts and journalists.

Flyadeal is owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines Company and will be working independently from Saudia Airlines by having its own management and strategic plans.

Flyadeal will be a low-cost carrier that is committed to providing high-level services while maintaining the highest safety standards.

The Director General of Saudia highlighted that the trademark for the new company has been registered and its operating license is undergoing with GACA. He added that the airlines will be funded by Saudi Arabian Airlines Company and noted that the launching of the new airline comes after conducting deep studies, internally and externally with the help of consulting experts. He added that Flyadeal will simply travel options and provide high services at affordable prices. Moreover, he highlighted that Flyadeal will not replace Saudia Airlines and its hub will be located in Jeddah.

Flyadeal is expected to launch domestic operations on Saudi Arabia’s National Day (September 23, 2017).

Top Copyright Photo: Flyadeal (Saudia) Airbus A320-214 WL D-AXAC (HZ-FAA) (msn 7829) XFW (Gerd Beilfuss). Image: 939003. The first Airbus A320 will be delivered as HZ-FAA.

Below Image: Flyadeal.