Saudi Arabia's SAUDIA adds Airbus A321neo for "neo-flying" fleet
The national flag carrier of Saudi Arabia, SAUDIA, announced the addition of the Airbus A321neo to its fleet under the tagline "A neo-way of flying. This contributes to SAUDIA's goals for growth since the airline hopes to increase its fleet by 20 A321neo aircraft by 2026. The narrow-body airliner A321neo is a member of the A320 family, the most widely used single-aisle aircraft family in the world and the aircraft of choice for airlines all over the world due to its reputation for excellent performance and great comfort. The aircraft delivers new performance capabilities and can accommodate 180–220 passengers in a conventional two-class interior configuration.
The airplane was bought mostly because of how little fuel it needs to operate. Since the A320neo entered global service in 2016, the A320 family of airplanes has prevented the emissions of 20 million tons of CO2. The A320neo has also seen a 20% decrease in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, a 50% reduction in noise footprint, a 5% decrease in airframe maintenance costs, and a 14% decrease in cash operating costs per seat compared to previous generation aircraft thanks to Sharklets, new fuel-efficient engines, and the latest cabin innovations.
"We are thrilled to expand our fleet with the new Airbus A321neo aircraft," stated Captain Ibrahim Koshy, CEO of SAUDIA. We will continue to buy cutting-edge aircraft from the best manufacturers in the world in order to uphold our commitment to providing the best guest experience and bringing the world to Saudi Arabia.
"We commend Airbus for continually seeking to improve the performance of their aircraft, which is consistent with SAUDIA's ambition to deliver the best guest experience while helping to make aviation more sustainable," Koshy continued.
The trust and long-standing relationship between SAUDIA and Airbus are highlighted by this alliance. It also contributes to the goals of the Saudi Aviation Strategy, which aims to establish Saudi Arabia as a market leader in the sector by promoting customer satisfaction, boosting safety, and fostering environmental sustainability. The plan supports SAUDIA's plans for growth as the airline strives to welcome 330 million tourists to the Kingdom by 2030. SAUDIA is trying to achieve its objectives of becoming an industry-leading airline by collaborating with Airbus and growing its fleet. The growth of SAUDIA's fleet will also contribute to the opening up of new posts for pilots, cabin crew, and other operational roles.