Airbus Seals 60 Aircraft Deal
Saudi Arabia’s leading low-cost carrier Flynas has signed an agreement with Airbus for 60 A320neo Family aircraft. Great news for the company with UK manufacturing sites in Filton and Deeside, Flynas has also converted 20 A320ceo from a previous order to A320neo bringing the airline’s total firm order to 80 A320neo.
Scheduled for delivery through 2018-2026, the agreement was announced in Riyadh by Flynas, an all Airbus operator. Currently the company has 26 A320ceo in service and it has successfully operated over 260,000 flights and carried more than 30 million passengers in the last ten years.
Ayed Al Jeaid, Chairman, NAS Holding Group said, “Flynas has come a long way to establish itself as a highly reputed airline in Saudi Arabia. With the introduction of the new aircraft technology, we are confident of our ability to provide best services to our customers. We also look forward to being the first airline in the Kingdom to be successfully listed on the Saudi Stock exchange, which will offer equity ownership to the public and be a part of a great journey.”
In 2016, Flynas set a new record by carrying 6.3 million passengers contributing to a 14% year-on-year increase. The A320neo will provide Flynas unbeatable efficiency and comfort in both high-density domestic segments as well as thinner routes. “The additional A320neo aircraft will continue to support Flynas’ growth plans as a leading low-cost carrier in Saudi Arabia’s fast-growing aviation sector,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer - Customers, Airbus.
The A320neo range is claimed to be the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with more than 5,000 orders from 90 customers since its launch in 2010. It incorporates latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklet wing tip devices that deliver more than 15 percent in fuel savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 with further cabin innovations. The A320neo also offers significant environmental performance with nearly 50 percent reduction in noise output compared to previous generation aircraft.