flightglobal.comSaudi Arabian flag-carrier Saudia is committing to 20 of the regional version of the Airbus A330-300, under an agreement which will also include 30 baseline A320s.
The carrier had already been revealed as an initial customer for the new lower-weight A330 variant, which is being aimed at high-density shorter routes.
Airbus has confirmed that Saudia, which already has 12 A330s in its fleet, will be the first operator of the type. The aircraft, which will benefit from technology derived from the A350 and A380, is being developed to serve routes up to 3,000nm with a lower weight of around 200t.
No engine selections have been given but Saudia’s current A330s are all powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700s while its A320-family fleet is fitted with CFM International CFM56s