The national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (SAUDIA) has just welcomed home it’s first Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner.
A special ceremony that included a water cannon salute was held at the new Terminal 1 building at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) on Monday to welcome the Boeing 787-10 to the Kingdom.
As the largest aircraft in Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner family of jets, the new 787-10 will compliment SAUDIA’s fleet of 13 Boeing 787-9s.
Setting the benchmark for fuel efficiency and operating economics the new longer version of the 787 is set to play a key role in SAUDIA’s fleet and network expansion.
SAUDIA operates a state-of-the-art fleet
While speaking at the welcoming ceremony, Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said, according to the Saudi Gazette:
“SAUDIA operates a state-of-the-art fleet equipped with the latest technology, and in addition to the airline’s existing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, is now adding the 787-10 variant which will further support future network growth plans.
“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.”
How will the SAUDIA 787-10 be configured?
The Saudi Arabia Airlines Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner will feature a two-class configuration with 24 seats in business class and 333 seats in what SAUDI calls their ‘guest class’. Most of us refer to this as economy.
The Boeing 787-10 is a stretched version of the 787-9 Dreamliner that has the addition of 40 extra seats. It has a range of 6,345 nautical miles (11,750 kilometers), allowing it to fly nearly all the routes that are currently served by twin-aisle aircraft.
The 787-10 has a 25% fuel saving over older aircraft and is kinder to the environment when it comes to carbon emissions per passenger. To help maintain their Boeing fleet and to optimize their 787 Dreamliners, SAUDIA uses Boeing Global Services digital solutions powered by Boeing AnalytX.
Saudi Arabian Airlines and Boeing have a long relationship
When talking about the SkyTeam member’s 75-year relationship with the Seattle plane maker, senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing at Boeing, Ihssane Mounir, said:
“SAUDIA has been a valued partner with Boeing for nearly 75 years and this delivery marks another major milestone in our partnership. 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.”
“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. Moreover, the unmatched fuel efficiency of the 787 will help SAUDIA open new routes and achieve significant fuel savings and emission reduction.”
In anticipation of the 787-10s arrival, SAUDIA already had the new jet on their October schedule.
According to Routes Online, starting October first the new Dreamliner will operate between Jeddah and Dubai, as well as Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur. Routes advises that the schedule currently looks like this:
- Jeddah to Dubai every Saturday once a week. Departs Jeddah (JED) at 12:15 as flight number SV588, arriving Dubai (DXB) at 16:00.
- Dubai to Jeddah every Saturday once a week. Departs Dubai (DXB) at 17:30 as flight number SV589, arriving Jeddah (JED) at 19:15.
- Jeddah to Kuala Lumpur, six times per week, every day except Saturday. Departs Jeddah (JED) at 04:10, arriving in Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 17:50 as flight SV834.
- Kuala Lumpur to Jeddah, six times per week, every day except Saturday. Departs Kuala Lumpur (KUL) at 19:30, arriving in Jeddah (JED) at 22:50 as flight SV835.
The Kuala Lumpur route will be in effect from tomorrow, 1st October 2019, while Dubai will commence from Saturday, 5th October.
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