Saudi Arabian starts fleet renewal with first A320

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Saudi Arabian Airlines has started its fleet modernisation with the delivery of its first Airbus A320 aircraft.

The twin-jet, which is powered by CFM International CFM56 engines, is being taken under a long-term lease from Kuwait's ALAFCO.

Airbus says the aircraft is to be deployed on routes to Europe and the Indian subcontinent.

They are being fitted with layouts of 120-132 seats and equipped with high-bandwidth in-flight entertainment systems, providing on-demand audio and video services.

Saudi Arabian is taking up to 50 A320s including 22 ordered directly from Airbus.