North Charleston, South Carolina, September 30th 2019 – Boeing has handed over the first 787-10 Dreamliner to Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia).
The aircraft, registered HZ-AR24, is the first of 13 787-10 Dreamliners on order by Saudia; this will compliment their existing fleet of 13 smaller 787-9 Dreamliners.
“Saudia operates a state-of-the-art fleet equipped with the latest technology, and in addition to the airline’s existing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, is now adding the 787-10 variant which will further support future network growth plans.”His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General, SAUDIA.
Upon arrival at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, Saudia marked the delivery with a water cannon salute.
Powered by two General Electric GEnx engines, Saudia has opted to configure their 787-10 Dreamliners in a two-class layout totalling 357 seats.
“The airplane’s on-board cabin features long range capability and the latest in technological advancements, these are among the many aspects of what makes the Boeing 787 highly popular with our guests.”His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General, SAUDIA.
Three more aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the airline later this year, with a further seven planned for 2020 according to Flight Global.
Routes Online states Saudia will commence 787-10 Dreamliner flights in October, Jeddah to Dubai and Jeddha to Kuala Lumpur.
Simple Flying presents the flight schedule as the following:
- Jeddah to Dubai every Saturday once a week. Departs Jeddah (JED) at 12:15 as flight number SV588, arriving Dubai (DXB) at 16:00.
- Dubai to Jeddah every Saturday once a week. Departs Dubai (DXB) at 17:30 as flight number SV589, arriving Jeddah (JED) at 19:15.
- Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur, six times per week, every day except Saturday. Departs Jeddah (JED) at 04:10, arriving in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 17:50 as flight SV834.
- Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah, six times per week, every day except Saturday. Departs Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 19:30, arriving in Jeddah (JED) at 22:50 as flight SV835.
Boeing and Saudia has an incredibly strong relationship, with deals spanning as far back as 75 years ago. As well as the 787 Dreamliner aircraft, Saudia also operates a fleet of 33 777-300ERs and various other Boeing Freighters.
Are you excited to see their 787-10 Dreamliner in action?