Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saudi Arabia’s national airline, has ordered four additional A330-300s to add to eight which the airline ordered in July 2008, taking its total order for the type to 12.
Airbus announced the Saudi Arabian Airlines A330-300 order on June 20, the first day of the 2011 Paris Airshow.
Saudi Arabian Airlines placed its first order with Airbus in over 30 years in 2007 for 22 A320-family aircraft and later placed an order for eight A330s.
In 2009, Saudi Arabian Airlines up-sized by converting 15 of its A320 orders into orders for the larger A321. Airbus has so far delivered 17 aircraft (five A320s, four A321s and all eight A330s) from the carrier’s 2007 and 2008 orders for 30 Airbus jets.
“We are reaping the benefits of operational efficiency and productivity with our new fleet of A330s, and our passengers love it too. The A330 is an important pillar upon which we are building our ambitious expansion plans by simultaneously meeting rising passenger demand and expectations,” says His Excellency Engineer Khalid Al Molhem, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Airbus says that, including leased aircraft, and today’s four A330s, Saudi Arabian Airlines’ Airbus fleet will grow to 62 aircraft in the years to come.
The Airbus A330-300 is able to accommodate seat and class configurations to suit diverse customer requirements, according to Airbus. The aircraft has a range of up to 5,650 nautical miles (10,500 kilometers) with a full passenger load.
Orders for the high-selling A330 family (which also includes the A330-200 and the A330-200 Freighter) stand at more than 1,100 aircraft, including more than 500 A330-300s.