SaudiGulf Airlines to buy Boeing widebodies

SaudiGulf Airlines has signed an agreement with Boeing about the proposed purchase of Boeing widebody aircraft. The signing ceremony took place in Riyadh this weekend during the first visit to Saudi Arabia of the President of the U.S. Donald Trump.

A SaudiGulf A320-200(SL). Photo by Moisés Mendoza on airplane-pictures.net

Though the US manufacturer has thus far only alluded to talks concerning the acquisition of sixteen unspecified aircraft, Saudi state television has said the carrier is looking at the B777 Family in particular.

Should the order be placed, SaudiGulf would become the second large-scale operatore of in-house widebody jets in Saudi Arabia, after Saudia.

Local hybrid carrier flynas has previously briefly operated A330s during its short lived long-haul experiment in 2014.

For its part, SaudiGulf is currently an all-Airbus operator employing a fleet of three A320-200s, connecting Dammam, Abha, Jeddah, and Riyadh. The carrier will also lease up to twenty-six CS300s from the Al Qahtani Aviation Company.

The first aircraft are said to be delivered from Bombardier later this year although this is subject to official confirmation.

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