Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Flyadeal Selects all-Airbus Fleet

Flyadeal Selects all-Airbus Fleet

The saudi Arabian low-priced airline Flyadeal want to in the future with a pure Airbus fleet on the road, as he announced in Jeddah.

The allocation of the new aircraft to Flyadeal follows from the agreement which Saudia signed during the Paris Air Show in June this year, Flyadeal added.

According to its website, Flyadeal, which was launched in September 2017, now operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A320 aircraft to domestic destinations across the kingdom. Flyadeal is the first airline to cancel completely an order or commitment for the 737 MAX.

A Boeing spokesperson told CNN that it wishes "the Flyadeal team well as it builds out its operations".

"The additional aircraft are part of the dual brand strategy of the Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation where flyadeal serves the price conscious customer that is seeking "Everyday Low Fares", the statement highlighted.

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The decision is a setback for Boeing as it grapples with lawsuits, multiple investigations and to meet regulatory hurdles to getting the MAX back into service after two fatal crashes.

According to state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines, parent of flyadeal, the airline would receive 30 Airbus A320neo aircraft starting from 2021.

The US manufacturer received a huge boost in Paris when International Airlines Group signaled its intention to buy 200 MAX jets, although this has still to be converted into firm orders.

An airline dropped a US$6 billion (NZ$9 billion) order for Boeing's embattled 737 Max planes, turning to European rival Airbus instead to grow its fleet as the crisis with the aircraft continues. The deal, while subject to final terms and conditions, was considered a major victory for Boeing at the time, given Flyadeal has operated an Airbus fleet.

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