Jeddah - Saudia will place an order with the Boeing or Airbus by the end of the 3rd quarter to reinforce its Widebody fleet with the new generation passenger planes.
The order will most likely be for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner or Airbus A350XWB, the airline CEO Jaan Albrecht told Air Transport World.
The airline's current widebody fleet consists of 35 Boeing 777-300ER, eight Boeing 777-22ER, 13 B787-9, seven B747-400, 32 A330-300, and five A330-200.
The CEO of Saudia has also said that the airline was considering opening new routes to the United States alongside its Los Angeles Int'l, New York JFK, and Washington Dulles routes. The potential new destinations are Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson and Detroit Metropolitan, which are also bases of Saudi operator's Skyteam partner Delta Air Lines.
The Saudi flag carrier has currently ten Boeing 787-10 in its order book with the U.S. aircraft manufacturer. The company expects the first three copies later this year and further seven units in 2020.
The carrier has recently converted its entire order for 35 single-aisle aircraft to A321neo from A320neo, of which 15 will come as the long-range variant, A321LR.
Airbus A321LRs will allow the Saudi carrier to reach nearly all destinations in Europe, including Spain. The Airbus A321neo deliveries will start in 2021.