Saudia takes delivery of its first A330Regional

Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of the world’s first A330-300Regional following the arrival of HZ-AQ11 (cn 1724) in Jeddah on Thursday, August 18.

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The aircraft is one of the twenty Saudia will lease from the International Airfinance Corporation (IAFC) with deliveries sourced directly from Airbus.

Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser Director General Saudi Arabian Airlines, said: “We are excited to welcome the first A330-300 Regional to our fast expanding Airbus fleet. It is a step forward in recognising our commitment to a family of aircraft which has contributed immensely to our market growth. The advantage of operating the new regional version of such a popular aircraft with proven operational flexibility and lowest cost per seat means unbeatable economics for our business and our customers.”

The A330-300R is optimized to seat up to 400 passengers on flights up to 5,000KM. Saudia will use the type to boost capacity on several of its high-demand domestic and regional routes.

Saudi Arabian already operates twelve A330-300s.

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