Saudi Airlines seeks to achieve two goals from its participation in the Dubai Airshow, the first is to sign agreements to purchase products and services, and the second is related to the localization of the aviation industry in the Kingdom,” according to Abdullah Al-Shahrani, director of corporate communications at the company.
Al-Shahrani revealed that agreements have been signed with major manufacturers of aircraft and components, “specifically by the Saudi Aviation Engineering and Industry Company, to maintain and pack basic components in aircraft, so that we will be suppliers of these products and services not only to companies in the Kingdom but to the civil and military aviation sector.” in the countries of the Middle East and North Africa.
He pointed out that this step reflects the confidence of global manufacturers in the Saudi industry, and is one of the results of the initiatives undertaken by the government to attract foreign investment into the country.
Al-Shahrani also drew attention to the agreement signed by Saudi Airlines with Inmarsat and GDC to provide the “fastest communication services in the world” to passengers onboard its Airbus 321neo and 321XLR aircraft, where it is expected that the installation of the GX Aviation network will begin late 2022, to enable guests to use the Internet during the flight, watch videos, follow social media, online shopping, and more through special mobile devices.
Ibrahim Koshi, CEO of Saudi Arabian Airlines, had revealed in previous statements that the company is in talks with “Airbus” and “Boeing” for an order for wide-body aircraft, without revealing the number of aircraft that the company will order.
He added that “an order will have to be placed for a good-sized fleet”, which will allow the company to expand rapidly during the next eight years as part of a strategy to transform the Kingdom into a transport hub, as the order will boost the expansion of its flight network to 135 international destinations by 2030.
In March, Saudi Airlines signed a financing agreement with 6 local banks worth 11.2 billion Saudi riyals ($3 billion), the largest in the history of the aviation sector in the Kingdom, to expand its aircraft fleet.