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70 new Airbus and Boeing for Saudi Arabian Airlines


The Saudia airline (Saudi Arabian Airlines) is said to be in negotiations to acquire around 70 Airbus A321neo and additional Boeing 787 and Boeing 777 aircraft.

According to the online newspaper Maaal, citing unidentified sources, the Saudi national carrier is working to reinforce a fleet of 70 new planes with already 159 planes. The breakdown between A321, 787 and 777 is not specified, but Saudia already owns 46 Airbus A320s and fifteen A321s on the single-aisle side, aged less than ten years on average; and its order book includes 30 A320 neo and 35 A321 neo, including fifteen in LR version and the same in XLR.

At Boeing on the widebody side, the SkyTeam alliance company already operates thirteen 787-9 Dreamliner, five of the ten 787-10 expected, and 35,777-300ER. No other type of device is awaiting delivery.

A banker confirmed on condition of anonymity to Reuters that Saudia « is in the market to raise debt for an order of around 70 new jets », with Maaal advancing talks with the banks on 2, 55 billion euros.

Neither Airbus, Boeing nor Saudia have confirmed this information, as trade negotiations are confidential.

Grounded since March 2020 and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Saudi company relaunched its domestic connections at the end of May, then on September 15 its first international routes, particularly to Paris or Tunis (an extensive network since). Saudi Arabia lifted flight bans to the country at the end of February 2021, with travel restrictions remaining in place (tests, quarantine, etc.).

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