National airline Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) welcomed its first 787-10 Dreamliner at a unique ceremony at Jeddah’s new Terminal 1 King Abdulaziz International Airport. The Dreamliner family’s largest member establishes the fuel efficiency and operating economy benchmark and will complement the current 13 Boeing 787-9s fleet of Saudia.
“Saudia runs a state-of – the-art fleet fitted with state-of – the-art technology and, in addition to the current Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, is now adding the 787-10 version to further promote future network development plans,” said Engineer Saleh bin Nasser Al -Jasser, Saudi Arabian Airlines directo r general.
“The on-board cabin features of the aircraft, the long-range capacity and the latest technological advances are among the many aspects of what makes the Boeing 787 highly popular with our guests. ” The layout of the Saudia Boeing 787-10 will be 357 seats in a two-class configuration, with 24 Business Class seats and 333 Guest Class seats (Economy). In addition to the 787-10, Saudia operates 13 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, and 33 777-300ER (Extended Range) jets.
“Saudia has been a valued partner for almost 75 years with Boeing and this delivery marks another important milestone in our collaboration. Our team is very proud to build and deliver quality aircraft to Saudia and we are honored by the continued trust in the 787 Dreamliner and 777 families, “said Ihsane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, The Boeing Company. The addition of the 787-10 to Saudia’s fleet will continue the superior inflight experience that passengers have come to expect of the Dreamliner. Moreover, the unmatched fuel efficiency of the 787 will help Saudia open new routes and achieve significant fuel savings and emission reduction.”
To optimise the performance of its 787 fleet, Saudia uses Boeing Global Services digital solutions powered by Boeing AnalytX such as Airplane Health Management (AHM), Maintenance Performance Toolbox and Crew Rostering and Pairing to optimise performance, manage global crew schedules and maintain their fleet.