Posted: Tue 21st May 2024

Good news for Broughton wingmakers – Airbus secures 105 jet deal with Saudia Group

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales

Saudia Group, represented by the national carrier Saudia and low-cost carrier flyadeal, has signed a deal with Airbus for an additional 105 A320neo Family aircraft.

This major order, which includes 12 A320neo and 93 A321neo planes, was announced at the Future Aviation Forum in Riyadh.

The wings for these A320 Family jets are manufactured at Airbus Broughton.

“The new additions of the A320neo family aircraft will play a vital role in contributing to Saudi Arabia’s ambitious Vision 2030 plan,” stated Benoît de Saint-Exupéry, Executive Vice President Sales of Airbus.

“It will enable Saudia Group’s strategy to advance the Kingdom’s aviation capabilities while enabling both airlines to benefit from the A320neo Family’s exceptional efficiency, superior economics, highest level of passenger comfort as well as lower fuel-burn and emissions.”

The purchase increases Saudia Group’s Airbus aircraft backlog to 144 A320neo Family aircraft, underscoring the group’s commitment to expanding its fleet to meet growing demand.

H.E. Engr. Ibrahim Al-Omar, Director General of Saudia Group, said, “Saudia has ambitious operational objectives to meet growing demand. We are increasing flights and seat capacity across our existing 100+ destinations on four continents, with plans for further expansion. The progress of Saudi Vision 2030 is attracting more visits, tourists, entrepreneurs, and pilgrims each year. This motivated our decision to secure this significant deal, which will create jobs, increase local content, and contribute to the national economy.”

Saudi Arabia is working to attract over 150 million tourists by 2030 through its National Tourism Strategy.

This new order with Airbus will play a big role in helping the country become a top global tourist spot.

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