Riyadh Air, Saudi Arabia’s newest airline, has announced plans to order up to 72 of the Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, solidifying its intent to be an all-Boeing operator at birth.
The latest announcement coincides with plans by Saudi Arabia to also order aircraft for their currently existing SAUDIA operation.
Saudi Arabia wants to see 100 million passing through each year by 2030. To meet these goals, the birth of a new airline backed by executives such as Tony Douglas, who formally worked for Etihad Airways, was required. In addition, a new airport, investment in tourist attractions, and much more have all been announced.
Thus far, no livery has been revealed for Riyadh Air, and only a few minor branding images, including the company logo.
The launch date of Riyadh Air has also not been disclosed as of yet. However, these 787s will help shape the direction of the airline moving forward.
Riyadh Air’s commitment to its customers will see the integration of digital innovation and authentic Saudi hospitality to deliver a seamless travel experience. By positioning the airline as both a global connector and a vehicle to drive tourist and business travel to Saudi Arabia, our new 787-9 airplanes will serve as a foundation for our worldwide operations, as we build the wider network and connect our guests to Saudi Arabia and many destinations around the worldTony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air
The deal includes 39 orders for 787-9s, with options for a further 33 if they wish to activate them.