Saudi Arabian orders eight A330-300s

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Saudi Arabian Airlines has formally ordered eight Airbus A330-300 aircraft as part of its long-haul fleet modernisation programme.

The Jeddah-based flag-carrier has not disclosed an engine selection.

Saudi Arabian Airlines had already told ATI that the A330s would feature in the long-haul renewal plan which also includes 12 Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Director general Khalid Al-Molhem says the A330 is the “right aircraft” for the airline’s fleet expansion. No specific delivery date has been given but the airline has previously indicated that it will begin taking new long-haul aircraft from around 2011.

Airbus revealed the firm contract for the twin-jets during the Farnborough air show. The airline already has 22 Airbus A320s on order with the airframer, as part of an agreement to take up to 50 of the type.