Saudi Arabian Airlines orders eight Airbus A330s

Saudi Arabian Airlines has signed a firm contract with Airbus for eight A330-300 wide body aircraft, as part of its fleet modernisation plan.The contract follows one for 22 Airbus A320s signed at the end of 2007, marking the first agreement between Saudi Arabian Airlines and Airbus for commercial aircraft in 26 years.

“The Airbus A330-300 is the right aircraft for our ambitious fleet renewal plans. The aircraft combines operational efficiency as well as cabin comfort for our customers, and will enable Saudi Arabian Airlines to meet rising passenger demand and expectations,” said His Excellency Engineer Khalid al Molhem, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

Previously, Saudi Arabian Airlines was the launch customer for the A300-600, which was first delivered to Saudi Arabian Airlines in 1984.

The Airbus A330-300 has a range of up to 5,650 nm / 10,500 km with a full passenger load.