SkyTeam’s Largest Middle Eastern Airline: The Saudia Fleet In 2021

Flying out of hubs in Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh, Saudia boasts an impressive fleet of more than 150 aircraft. The airline, which joined the SkyTeam alliance in May 2012, operates designs from the Airbus A320 family, as well as Boeing and Airbus widebodies.

SkyTeam’s Largest Middle Eastern Airline: The Saudia Fleet In 2021
Saudia came into existence in September 1945. Photo: Vincenzo Pace | Simple Flying

Airbus narrowbodies

According to data from ch-aviation.com, Saudia’s current fleet comprises a total of 154 aircraft. Of these, 62 are planes from Airbus’s single-aisle A320 family. The airline, which previously operated under the Saudi Arabian Airlines brand, flies both the A320-200 and A321-200 models, of which the former is the most numerous design.

Indeed, the Saudi Arabian flag carrier presently operates a total of 47 standard A320s, which have an average age of 6.5 years old. This is just below the average for its fleet as a whole, which clocks in at 6.6 years old. Of Saudia’s 47 A320s, 43 are currently active.

At the larger and slightly older end of the spectrum, Saudia also flies 15 A321s with an average age of 9.8 years old. These twinjets seat 165 passengers across two classes, and just one is presently inactive. Going forward, Saudia is set to receive the A321neo (20 jets) and A321XLR (15 jets), which will allow the national airline to modernize its single-aisle fleet.

Saudi Airbus A321
Around 40% of Saudia’s fleet consists of Airbus narrowbodies. Photo: Anna Zvereva via Flickr

Boeing widebodies

When it comes to widebody aircraft, Boeing is the dominant manufacturer at Saudia. The Boeing 777 is very popular at the airline, which flies both passenger and cargo-carrying models. Indeed, 33 examples of the 777-300ER are accompanied by four examples of the 777-200 Freighter. The 777-300ER is the only present Saudia aircraft with a first class cabin.

Saudia’s 777-300ERs are relatively young, with an average age of just 6.6 years old. However, the carrier flies even more modern Boeing widebodies in the form of the 787 ‘Dreamliner’ family. Saudia operates both the standard 787-9 and the stretched 787-10 variants.

Of these, the 787-9 is the more numerous design, with 13 examples (eight active) compared to five (four active) for the 787-10. Saudia even flies the 747-400, albeit in a cargo-carrying capacity. Three of these legendary quadjets carry airfreight for the company.

Saudia Airbus A330
Saudia’s A330s have both standard and high-density layouts. Photo: TJDarmstadt via Flickr

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Airbus widebodies

Airbus also has a presence in Saudia’s widebody fleet in the form of its A330 family. The airline flies 32 examples of the European manufacturer’s A330-300 mode, with two different cabin configurations to suit a variety of uses. Indeed, ch-aviation 12 of these twinjets are examples of the high-density A330-300 Regional, which seats 330 passengers.

These widebodies are just 4.9 years old on average. Meanwhile, Saudia’s 20 standard A330-300s are more than twice as old, with an average age of 10.2 years. According to data from SeatGuru, these aircraft seat either 288 or 298 passengers. These layouts have a 36-seat business class cabin at the front, with either 252 or 262 economy class seats behind them.

What do you make of Saudia’s present fleet? Have you ever flown with SkyTeam’s largest Middle Eastern airline? Let us know your thoughts and experiences in the comments.

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