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Saudia to retire the last Boeing 777-200 by the end of 2017

Boeing 777-200 type to be phased out before the end of 2017

Saudia has announced it will phase-out 5 aircraft from its Boeing 777-200 fleet of 23 aircraft and the remaining 18 aircraft will be phased-out before the end of 2017.

Copyright Photo: Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) Boeing 777-268 ER HZ-AKA (msn 28344) (SkyTeam) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 908483.

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Airbus delivers world’s first A330-300 Regional to Saudi Arabian Airlines

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Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional, making it the launch customer for this new member of the A330 family.

The aircraft is the first of the 20 A330-300 Regional aircraft ordered at the 2015 Paris Airshow, and joins Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of 12 A330-300s and 50 A320 Family aircraft. Specially optimized for regional and domestic operations, the A330-300 Regional will boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to generate additional efficiencies while offering its passengers an unprecedented comfort level. The A330-300 Regional also represents the lowest-cost alternative and easiest fleet addition due to its high commonality with the A330s already operated by Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Saudi Arabian Airlines will lease the A330-300 Regional fleet from the International Air Finance Corporation (IAFC), a leading lessor in the Middle East.

The A330-300 Regional is optimized for missions up to 2,700 nm (5-hour flight) covering short to medium haul routes and offers significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tons. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs will result in an overall cost reduction of around 20% compared with today’s long-range A330-300.

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Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines to be the launch operator of the new up to 400-seat Airbus A330-300 Regional

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Saudia-Saudi Arabian Airlines (Jeddah), the national carrier of Saudi Arabia will become the first airline in the world to operate the new Airbus A330-300 Regional.

The new aircraft will join Saudi Arabian Airlines’ existing Airbus fleet of twelve A330-300s and 50 A320 Family.

Passenger demand in Saudi Arabia is experiencing high growth both on domestic and regional routes. The new A330-300 Regional variant, specially designed for regional and domestic operations, is Airbus’ solution for markets with large populations and fast growing, concentrated air traffic flows. The A330-300 Regional is set to boost capacity on several of Saudi Arabian Airlines most in-demand routes, enabling the airline to better serve the Saudi Arabian and regional travelling public.

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The A330-300 Regional is optimized to seat up to 400 passengers in Airbus’ best in class 18 inch wide economy seat comfort on missions up to 3,000 nm and offers significant cost savings through a reduced operational weight of around 200 tons. The reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance costs will result in an overall cost reduction by up to 26% compared with the today’s long-range A330-300. In addition, the A330 Regional benefits from the latest A350 XWB and A380 technologies.

Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed an operating lease agreement with IAFC for the 20 Airbus A330-300 Regional and 30 A320ceo aircraft, which Saudia is planning to also add with this order.

Top Image: Airbus. The Airbus A330-300 Regional.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Tony Storck/AirlinersGallery.com. Saudia is also ordering 30 of the current version of the Airbus A320. Airbus A320-214 HZ-ASF (msn 4955) in the SkyTeam livery taxies at Frankfurt.

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Saudia to return to Manchester

Saudia Airlines (formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines) (Jeddah) will restore the Jeddah-Manchester route in March according to Manchester Evening News. The restored route will be operated three days a week starting on March 28. The carrier will assign the Boeing 777-200 to the route. The carrier last flew to Manchester in 2007.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: TMK Photography/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-268 ER HZ-AKI (msn 28352) taxies into the gate at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

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Saudi leased Boeing 767-300 crash lands in Medina, Saudi Arabia

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Saudia (formerly Saudi Arabian Airlines) (Jeddah) leased Boeing 767-300 was damaged in a landing accident at Medina (Madinah-Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz Airport) today (January 5). The number two engine of Boeing 767-3W0 ER HS-BKE (msn 28264) leased from Orient Thai Airlines contacted the runway on landing after the right main gear failed to deploy. 29 people were injured according the the BBC. 11 were taken to local hospitals and 18 had minor injuries. This was the third attempt to land and the captain declared an emergency. The right wing, engine and landing gear of the aircraft were apparently severely damaged and the aircraft is probably an insurance write off.

According to reports, the Hajj charter flight was carrying 299 passengers and 16 crew members. During the Hajj annual pilgrimage, Saudia leases in additional aircraft.

This aircraft was formerly operated by MIAT Mongolian Airlines as JU-1012.

Read the full report from Al Arabiya News (with photo): CLICK HERE

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Saudia to fly nonstop between Jeddah and Madrid

Saudia (Saudi Arabian Airlines) (Jeddah) starting on October 29 will fly nonstop between its Jeddah hub and Madrid three days a week with Airbus A320s. Currently MAD is served via a stop at Milan (Malpensa).

Copyright Photo: Richard Vandervord/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A320-214 HZ-AS12 (msn 4057) stops at Milan (Malpensa).

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Saudi Arabian Airlines Convair 340-68B N597MA (msn 222) OPF (Bruce Drum). Image: 102879.

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