Saudi Arabian Airlines, the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, received the first delivery of A330-300 Regional, which makes it a starter client for this new representative of the successful and flexible family of A330. The plane is the first of 20 A330-300 Regional, ordered in 2015 on the airshow in Paris and will join the existing fleet of Saudi Arabian Airlines, consisting of 12 A330-300 and 50 A320.
Specially optimized for local and regional activities, A330-300 Regional will enhance the capacity on most of the busiest routes of Saudi Arabian Airlines, which allows the airline to generate additional efficiency while offering passengers unprecedented levels of comfort. A330-300 Regional is also a good low-cost alternative and is best suited to complement the fleet due to its high similarity to the A330, with which Saudi Arabian Airlines already operates.
Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser Director-General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, said: “We are excited to welcome the first A330-300 Regional to our fast expanding Airbus fleet. It is a step forward in recognizing our commitment to a family of aircraft which has contributed immensely to our market growth. The advantage of operating the new regional version of such a popular aircraft with proven operational flexibility and lowest cost per seat means unbeatable economics for our business and our customers.”
Saudi Arabian Airlines will be leasing A330-300 Regional of the International Air Finance Corporation (IAFC), a leading lessor of the Middle East.