November 13 2023  |  Airline & Terminal News

Riyadh Air unveils second of permanent dual-livery designs

By Jane Hobson

The second permanent dual-livery design on a Riyadh Air aircraft

Saudi Arabia’s new airline Riyadh Air is set to take to the skies in 2025. The airline unveiled the second of its permanent dual-livery designs at the Dubai Airshow, running November 13 to 17. The latest livery design is elegant and sophisticated, paying tribute to Saudi Arabia’s warm hospitality and future vision.

The livery maintains Riyadh Air’s indigo theme. In the press release, Riyadh Air described its aircraft design as having, “striking lines inspired by the twisting canopies of traditional Bedouin tents and elegant curves of Arabic calligraphy.”

The livery also features a sweeping cockpit window design with the indigo theme contrasting against a light iridescent fuselage. The press release said the colour of the fuselage reflects "purity and the future-focused vision of Saudi Arabia."

Riyadh Air unveiled its first livery at the Paris Airshow in June, followed by an order of up to 72 787-9 Dreamliners.

The second livery will see Riyadh Air aircraft in a lavender and indigo design featuring a feather-like pattern near the rear of the fuselage. Riyadh Air will be written in English and Arabic and the airline’s trademark logo on the tail, engines and aircraft belly. The light colour of the fuselage and bold text create a contrast that makes Riyadh Air instantly recognizable on the ground or in the skies, the press release said.

His Royal Highness Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Crown Prince, Prime Minister and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF), said in the press release, “The airline aims to become the world’s most forward-thinking carrier embracing the best sustainability practices, elevating air travel and setting a new standard for reliability, comfort, and hospitality.”

Riyadh Air is set to fly to more than 100 destinations, contribute to KSA non-oil GDP growth by US$20 billion and create over 200,000 jobs (directly and indirectly). The press release said that the airline is a catalyst for the National Transport and Logistics Strategy to play a pivotal role in diversifying Saudia Arabia’s economy and meeting Vision 2030 goals.

Tony Douglas, CEO, Riyadh Air, said the second livery is another statement of intent from the airline.

“As the largest start-up in commercial aviation in decades we are delighted to unveil to the world Riyadh Air’s second livery which will be unmistakable when it takes to the skies in 2025 as we become one of the first international carriers to have permanent dual-liveries on an active fleet,” Douglas said.

“Following our initial launch in March we have had exceptional progress hitting a number of major milestones for the brand through an obsessive eye for detail, digital-native mindset and commitment to embracing the industry’s sustainability best practices,” he added. “We revealed our first livery reveal to global acclaim, announced fleet orders for our wide-body aircraft and signed several ground-breaking new partnerships. This iconic second livery is the latest milestone for Riyadh Air as we shape and disrupt the future of air travel and aviation, with many more things to come.”

Riyadh Air will be hosting guests, partners, stakeholders and VIPs at its 350 square meter pavilion at the Dubai Airshow. The digital-first showcase will provide insight into the airline’s ambitions and future plans.

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