Saudia gets an early Christmas present?! New Boeing 777-300ER to supplement Saudi flagship airline

Saudia gets an early Christmas present?! New Boeing 777-300ER to supplement Saudi flagship airline
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Published December 23rd, 2014 - 09:01 GMT via

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Saudi Airlines (Saudia)
Saudi Airlines (Saudia)

The new plane will strengthen the national flag carrier’s domestic and international fleet.

Prince Fahd bin Abdullah, president of the General Authority of Civil Aviation and chairman of the airline’s board of directors, commissioned the aircraft during a function at King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director general of Saudia, emphasized the airline’s strategic plan to modernize its fleet to meet its operational and marketing requirements and strengthen its competitive position.

“The arrival of such new aircraft will help Saudia strengthen its network of flights and operate flights new international destinations. It will also contribute to increasing Saudia’s market share in the back drop of growing Haj and Umrah traffic and international passengers,” the director general said.

Al-Jasser described B777-300ER as one of the best available aircraft in the world, adding that many airlines have posted their orders to purchase it.

“This aircraft is distinguished for its wider and flexible seats,” he said, adding that it can fly for more than 16 hours non-stop.

The aircraft is made of modern material that reduces its weight and increases its economic efficiency. It is also one of the environment-friendly planes. Seats in its business class can be turned 180 degrees to use as a complete bed.
Passengers on board the aircraft will be able to use Internet and mobile phones and enjoy the best audiovisual entertainment systems.

The new aircraft has 30 seats in the business class and 351 seats in the economy (guest) class.
“These kinds of aircraft will enable Saudia to make optimum use of advanced facilities at the new Jeddah airport, which is set to become one of the biggest hubs in the world,” Al-Jasser said.

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