Riyadh Air

Boeing has revealed that new Saudi Arabian carrier Riyadh Air has chosen Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner to power its global launch.

The agreement is part of Saudi Arabia’s wider strategic plan to transform Saudi Arabia into a global aviation hub. According to Riyadh Air, it will be purchasing 39 787-9s, with options for an additional 33 787-9s.

Boeing says passengers on board the 787-9 enjoy a better experience with the largest windows of any jet, air that is more humid and pressurised at a lower cabin altitude for greater comfort and large overhead bins with room for all bags. In addition, the aircraft provides features such as soothing LED lighting and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.

Tony Douglas, CEO of Riyadh Air said: “The new airline reflects the ambitious vision of Saudi Arabia to be at the core of shaping the future of global air travel and be a true disrupter in terms of customer experience.”

“Riyadh Air’s commitment to its customers will see the integration of digital innovation and authentic Saudi hospitality to deliver a seamless travel experience. By positioning the airline as both a global connector and a vehicle to drive tourist and business travel to Saudi Arabia, our new 787-9 airplanes will serve as a foundation for our worldwide operations, as we build the wider network and connect our guests to Saudi Arabia and many destinations around the world.”

“This is a significant order that will support Riyadh Air’s commitment to deliver a world-class travel experience, while supporting American aerospace manufacturing jobs at Boeing and across our supply chain,” said Stan Deal, President and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

“We are incredibly proud of our nearly eight decades of partnership to drive innovation and sustainable growth in Saudi Arabia’s aviation sector. Our agreement builds on that longstanding partnership and will further expand access to safe and sustainable commercial air travel for decades more.”

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