Saudi sheik on the shopping tour

The Airbus A320 family has gotten a long way since the first flight of the type here on 22 February 1987. It became the first airliner to fly with fully digital, computer-driven fly-by-wire and sidestick controls (Image © Airbus S.A.S.)
The Airbus A320 family has gotten a long way since the first flight of the type here on 22 February 1987. It became the first airliner to fly with fully digital, computer-driven fly-by-wire and sidestick controls (Image © Airbus S.A.S.)

Saudi sheik Tariq Al Qahtani is on the shopping tour for an airline that doesn’t even exist, yet. After signing a deal for up to 26 Bombardier CS300 aircraft, the chairman of the new SaudiGulf Airlines now put his signature underneath a contract for four A320ceo, to be delivered early 2015.

The aircraft will have the characteristic Airbus Sharklets vertical wing tip devices to save fuel consumption during flight. SaudiGulf is one of the two airlines to obtain carrier licenses to operate domestic and international flights from Saudi airports, the airline will contribute to increase the Kingdom’s air transport links with the region and the rest of the world. SaudiGulf plans to launch its operations out of Dammam, in the first quarter of 2015 followed by Riyadh and Jeddah.

“It is an incredibly exciting time for us, as we work to launch SaudiGulf next year,” said Mr. Tariq Abdel Hadi Al Qahtani, Abdul Hadi Al Qahtani Group of Companies Chairman. “The A320 is an ideal choice as it provides us with the perfect mix of performance, reliability, flexibility and great economics whilst offering a very high level of passenger comfort.”

Source: Airbus

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