Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier flyadeal is to expand its fleet after ordering 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft and options for a further 20 A320neo.
The airline said the order has been in response to continuing growth in passenger demand across domestic, regional and international routes. Deliveries of the aircraft will commence in 2021.
As part of the fleet modernisation move, flyadeal has cancelled an order for 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft. The type is still grounded after two crashes – one in October operated by Lion Air that killed 189 on board and a second in March, an Ethiopian Airlines aircraft that killed 149 on board.
The allocation of the new aircraft to flyadeal follows from the agreement which Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation (SAUDIA) signed during the Paris Air Show in June this year.The deal was for 100 aircraft.
The additional aircraft are part of the dual brand strategy of the Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation where flyadeal serves the price conscious customer that is seeking ‘Everyday Low Fares’.
This order will result in flyadeal operating an all-Airbus A320 fleet in the future.