New Carrier Riyadh Air to Launch with All-Boeing Fleet of 787-9 Dreamliners
Boeing and Riyadh Air announced today that the new Saudi Arabian carrier has chosen the 787 Dreamliner to power its global launch and achieve its goal of operating one of the most efficient and sustainable fleets in the world. The new airline is owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
Riyadh Air said it will purchase 39 highly efficient 787-9s, with options for an additional 33 787-9s.
This agreement is part of Saudi Arabia’s wider strategic plan to transform the country into a global aviation hub. In total, Saudi Arabian carriers today announced their intent to purchase up to 121 787 Dreamliners in what will be the fifth largest commercial order by value in Boeing’s history. This will support the country’s goal of serving 330 million passengers and attracting 100 million visitors annually by 2030.
The 787-9 provides the longest range of Boeing’s 787 family, flying approximately 300 passengers 7,565 nautical miles (14,010 km), with additional cargo capacity. Passengers enjoy a better experience with the largest windows of any jet, air that is more humid and pressurized at a lower cabin altitude for greater comfort, large overhead bins with room for everyone’s bag, soothing LED lighting, and smoother ride technology that senses and counters turbulence.
The 787 family also offers improved fuel efficiency to airline operators around the world reducing fuel use and emissions by 25% compared to airplanes they replace.
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