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Flyadeal takes delivery of first aircraft and will begin Saudi operations in September

Posted 23 August 2017 · Add Comment

Saudi Arabia's new low fare airline, Flyadeal, has taken delivery of its first aircraft - the first of eight Airbus A320ceo aircraft on order. The aircraft are leased from UAE-based DAE.

Announced in 2016, flyadeal will start operations on 23 September 2017, on Saudi Arabia’s national day and aims to serve domestic markets initially before expanding into regional markets.

Powered by CFM engines, it will have 186 seats in a single-class configuration featuring the latest Recaro 18” wide economy class seats, equipped with USB power outlets and personal device holders.

Chairman of Flyadeal, H.E. Saleh Al Jasser said: “Saudi Arabia has launched its Vision 2030; a strategic platform for the future development of the Kingdom where transportation and tourism are key pillars. The launch of Flyadeal is core to the strategy to mobilise further the country and the region”.

The airline’s CEO, Con Korfiatis, said: “Flyadeal will be Saudi Arabia’s newest airline, providing a unique experience with an optimal fleet to serve our domestic and regional markets. The Airbus A320 has been distinctly selected for the needs of our operation, and we look forward to passengers experiencing the onboard service.”

“Saudi Arabia and the region have a very young and digitally savvy population that has an increasing thirst for low fare travel domestically and across the region. Flyadeal plans to serve and grow this significant segment of air travel.”

Commenting on the deal, DAE chief executive, Firoz Tarapore said, “DAE is pleased to welcome flyadeal on-board as a new customer. We are delighted to be able to support flyadeal’s fleet strategy as it begins operations, and we look forward to working with the airline to fulfill its fleet ambitions, going forward.

“Having listened to our customers, we feel that the acquisition of these popular and efficient single aisle aircraft reflect continuing market demand for this type of plane.”
 

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