The national carrier of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, has just announced that they have successfully taken delivery of its first A330-300 Regional. This marks the induction of the newest member of the wildly successful A330 family. The first of twenty A330-300 Regionals that were ordered at last year’s Paris Airshow, the A330-300 Regional joins Saudi Arabian Airlines’ extensive Airbus fleet which consists of 12 A330-300s and 50 A320 Family aircrafts. The A330-300 Regional is specifically optimized for all regional and domestic operations and is guaranteed to boost capacity on the majority of Saudi Arabian Airlines’ most in-demand routes. This in turn has enabled the airline to offer its passengers an unprecedented level of comfort while generating unparalleled efficiency. Touted as the lowest-cost alternative and among the easiest fleet addition in part due to the high commonality with the A330s that are already in operation by the Saudi Arabian Airline.
Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser has expressed his immense pleasure with the advantage of operating the new regional version of the classic A330s that have come to be loved for both their operational flexibility and the lowest cost per seat in the industry. President and Chief Executive Officer of IAFC, Moulay Omar Alaoui whose company is leasing the A330-300 Regional fleet to Saudi Arabian Airlines, believes that their partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines represents a strategic advantage to both companies and is supremely confident that the deal will “further reinforce the leading position of Saudi’s national airline.” The A330-300 Regional has a reduced operational weight of 200 tons which translates to a reduction in fuel burn per seat and maintenance cost of around 20% which optimizes the aircraft for flights up to 2,700 NM or roughly a 5-hour flight.
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