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Saudia is expanding its fleet with a new Airbus A321neo under the slogan “A neo-way of flying.”

The A321neo aircraft is a narrow-body airliner part of the A320 family offers new levels of performance, seating 180 to 220 passengers in a typical two-class interior layout.

Fuel-efficient engines

The  airline said the main reason behind the purchase of the aircraft is its ability to run on much less fuel. The A320 family of aircraft have saved 20 million tons of Co2 since the A320neo came into service globally in 2016. By incorporating Sharklets, new fuel-efficient engines and latest cabin innovations, the A320neo has also seen a 20 per cent decrease in fuel burning and Co2 emissions, a 50 per cent reduction in noise footprint, a 5 per cent lower airframe maintenance costs and a 14 per cent lower cash operating costs per seat versus previous generation aircraft.

Captain Ibrahim Koshy Saudia CEO said: “We are excited to expand our fleet with the new Airbus A321neo aircraft. Our priority is to offer the best guest experience possible and to bring the world to Saudi Arabia, and we will continue to purchase state-of-the-art aircraft from the world’s top manufacturers to deliver on that promise.”

Koshy added: “We commend Airbus for continuously looking to improve the performance of their aircraft, which goes in line with SAUDIA’s ambition to provide the best guests experience possible while contributing to make aviation more sustainable.”

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