Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) will see the addition of 30 new planes to its fleet this year, said a report.
The delivery of new planes is part of Saudia’s ongoing program to modernize and develop its fleet.
By 2020, the carrier’s fleet is expected to double to 200 aircraft, said a report in Saudi Gazette.
The new planes include seven Boeing B787 Dreamliners, five B777-300ER planes provided with new suites for first class passengers, 10 A330-30 and eight A320ceo aircraft.
Delivery of the first new regional Airbus A330-300 aircraft is scheduled to arrive at King Abdulaziz International Airport on January 26, it said.
This year, Saudia will ground 18 of its planes, said Engineer Saleh Bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Saudia is the third largest in the Middle East in terms of revenue, behind Emirates and Qatar Airways. It operates domestic and international scheduled flights to over 120 destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America. Domestic and international charter flights are operated, mostly during the Ramadan and the Hajj season.
Saudia is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization and joined the SkyTeam airline alliance on 29 May 2012.