Updated: Jan 11
Airbus announced Tuesday that flynas has firmed up an option for 10 A321XLRs. This was part of a 2016 order for 80 A320neo Family aircraft.
Adding to a flurry of orders during the 2019 Dubai Airshow, Airbus announced today that Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier (LCC) flynas has converted an option for 10 A321XLRs (extra long range) aircraft to a firm order. Flynas currently operates 27 A320ceos and 4 A320neos, and in 2018 the airline carried nearly 7M passengers on 60,000 flights. Flynas operates over 1,200 weekly flights, serving 17 domestic and 53 international destinations.
The Airbus A321XLR has a range of up to 4,700 nautical miles (8,704 kilometers) and promises a 30% fuel reduction per seat compared to previous generation competitor aircraft. At the end of October 2019, Airbus had booked over 7,000 Airbus A320neo Family orders form over 110 global customers. As relayed in a separate press release from the airline, flynas’ CEO, Bandar Almohanna said,
“Flynas is pleased to announce a firm order of 10 A321XLR, which will increase the total number of its firm order of A320 family aircraft type to 90 aircraft at list price worth USD 10 billion. These 10 XLRs will expand the reach of flynas’ network to much farther destinations with support of significantly longer flying range compared to the existing A320neo order, and therefore would help to add further support to the Vision 2030 of Saudi Arabia in increasing the number of Religious pilgrims to 4 times the current level. Flynas has been the first airline to launch the A320neo in Saudi Arabia, with already 4 aircraft delivered in the last 12 months.”
Flynas was established in 2007 and is the Saudi Arabian national carrier. As the leading LCC in the Middle East, the airline has carried over 38M passengers since its founding from bases in Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Abha.
Source(s): Airbus, flynas