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Saudi Arabia’s flyadeal to operate all Airbus fleet in the future

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Monday 08, July 2019 BY Kuda Muzoriwa

flyadeal will operate an entirely Airbus fleet, buying as many as 50 A320neo-family planes from Boeing’s European rival.

Saudi-based budget carrier flyadeal has reversed a commitment to buy as many as 50 Boeing 737 Max jets, becoming the first airline to officially drop the plane since its grounding following two deadly crashes.

In a statement, flyadeal said that the Airbus order was booked last month at the Paris Air Show by the airline’s parent company Saudia. In December, flyadeal, said that it would spend up to $5.9 billion on Boeing Max jets.

Flyadeal will take delivery starting 2021 of 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft, with an option for a further 20 planes from the A320neo family.

The decision marks a commercial setback for Boeing, which is under pressure to prove the Max is safe and get it flying again after two disasters five months apart killed a combined 346 people.

Boeing’s narrow-body workhorse has been grounded globally since March.

The uncertainty surrounding the return of the Max to the skies has prompted carriers to amend aircraft orders. Virgin Australia has pushed back delivery of its first 737 Max jets by almost two years. Garuda Indonesia and VietJet Aviation have also weighed changes in the aftermath of two fatal crashes.

Emirates, the world’s largest long-haul carrier, has started using Aribus A380 superjumbos onto its shortest routes to replace lost capacity after sister carrier FlyDubai reduced services following the idling of its 14-strong Max fleet.



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