Saudia takes delivery of first 787 Dreamliner

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Saudi Arabian Airlines Boeing 787-9

Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, as part of a delivery of two 787-9s and one Boeing 777-300ER [Extended Range].

The national airline of Saudi Arabia ordered eight 787-9s in 2010 and the latest delivery brings its Boeing fleet to 48 aircraft, including 777-200ERs, 777-300ERs and 747-400s.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive officer, Ray Conner says: “This delivery to Saudia is an outstanding moment in a partnership that has grown phenomenally over the last several decades.”

“Today, we are proud not only to have Saudia join our growing base of 787 customers in the Middle East, but also at the airline’s continued confidence in Boeing’s technology and airplanes over the years.”

Saudi Arabian Airlines director general, His Excellency Saleh bin Nasser al-Jasser says: “The delivery of our first Dreamliners marks yet another exciting chapter in Saudia’s long-standing relationship with Boeing that began in the early 1960s.”

“With its reputation for reliability, operational efficiency and comfort, we now look forward to the 787 becoming an integral addition to Saudia’s fleet as we continue our modernisation and expansion as part of our transformation plans.”