September 30 2019  |  Airline & Terminal News

SAUDIA celebrates first 787-10 Dreamliner

By Jane Hobson

Saudi Arabian Airlines celebrated the arrival of its first 787-10 Dreamliner today at King Abdulaziz International Airport.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) welcomed its first 787-10 Dreamliner today at a ceremony at the new Terminal 1 of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport. The aircraft will play a key role in the airline’s fleet and network expansion.

The largest aircraft of the Dreamliner family, the 787-10 Dreamliner is known for fuel efficiency and operating economics. The aircraft has 357 seats. Twenty-four Business Class seats and 333 Economy Class seats – 40 more seats in total than the smaller 787-9 Dreamliner.

The 787-10 offers more cargo capacity, 25% better fuel efficiency per seat, fewer emissions and a range of 6,345 nautical miles. It can fly more than 95% of the world’s twin-aisle routes.

“The airplane’s onboard cabin features, long range capability and the latest in technological advancements are among the many aspects of what makes the Boeing 787 highly popular with our guests,” said Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, Director General of SAUDI, in today’s release from the company.

To optimize the performance of its 787 fleet, SAUDIA uses Boeing Global Services digital solutions powered by Boeing AnalytX such as Airplane Health Management (AHM), Maintenance Performance Toolbox and Crew Rostering and Pairing to optimize performance, manage global crew schedules and maintain their fleet.

The new aircraft joins SAUDIA’s existing fleet of 13 797-9 Dreamliners and 33 777-300ER jets.

“Our team takes great pride in building and delivering quality aircraft to SAUDIA and we are honored by the continuing confidence in the 787 Dreamliner and 777 families,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales and Marketing at The Boeing Company. “The addition of the 787-10 to SAUDIA’s fleet will continue the superior inflight experience that passengers have come to expect of the Dreamliner.”

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