Seattle - Today, Boeing announced that Saudi low-cost airline flyadeal committed to ordering 30 Boeing 737 MAX 8 with options for 20 more.
The deal is valued at $5.9 billion at list price. The order will appear on Boeing's backlog once finalized.
flyadeal is a budget carrier owned by Saudi Arabian Airlines. Over the past year, the airline has evaluated the acquisition of 50 narrowbody jets to support its domestic network and potential international network expansion. Although flyadeal's current fleet consists of ten Airbus A320-200 the airline chose the 737 MAX 8 for its future growth.
The demand for air transport services in the domestic market of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has grown exponentially. A new brand, with a fresh identity, focused on low-fares, flyadeal has brought to the market a new choice – which has been received very positively,said Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
The 737 MAX 8 has a capacity of 189 passengers in a one-class configuration. Compared to flyadeal's existing fleet of A320-200s, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 carries 12 more passengers and has 8% percent lower operating costs per seat.
flyadeal has opened up more affordable flights to millions of travelers and we are honored that the airline has chosen the 737 MAX to power its exciting expansion,said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for Boeing.
We have supplied commercial airplanes to Saudi Arabia for more than 70 years and we look forward to finalizing this agreement and delivering advanced jetliners to flyadeal in the years ahead,Mounir added.
Boeing's presence in Saudi Arabia began in 1945 with the delivery of a DC-3, which launched the commercial air travel in the country. Over the past seven decades, Saudi carriers have become the loyal Boeing customers and have operated almost every commercial aircraft produced by the American manufacturer.
The 737 MAXs have so far accumulated more than 4,800 orders from over 100 customers across the globe. Latest generation CFM International LEAP-1B engines, improved winglets, and other aerodynamic enhancements made the 737 MAX family aircraft the fastest selling commercial planes in the company history.
Based in Jeddah, flyadeal flies to eight domestic destinations including Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam, Qassim, Tabuk, Gizan, Madinah and Abha.