Saudi Arabian Airlines to boost A320neo family fleet

The agreement was announced at the Paris Air Show in a ceremony attended by Chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl and signed by Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director-general of Saudia, and Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer.
Updated 18 June 2019

Saudi Arabian Airlines to boost A320neo family fleet

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) has reached an agreement to expand its existing A320neo family order from 35 to as many as 100 neo aircraft including 35 options. The additional firm order takes Saudia’s order of A320neo family aircraft to 65, of which 15 are A321XLRs and 20 are A321neos.

The agreement was announced at the Paris Air Show in a ceremony attended by Chairman of Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation Dr. Ghassan Al-Shibl and signed by Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser, director-general of Saudia, and Christian Scherer, Airbus chief commercial officer.

Passenger demand in the Kingdom is experiencing exponential growth on domestic, regional, as well as international routes. The additional aircraft will be deployed to support the national flag carrier’s plan to boost capacity. Saudia currently flies to more than 95 routes across four continents. 

Al-Jasser said: “Year-on-year growth has been in the double digits, both in domestic travel as well as the growing international transit traffic, as a result of the airline’s expanding route map and additional frequencies offered on existing routes. In addition to the narrow-body order, evaluations are currently underway for wide-body requirements, expected to be concluded within the next few months.”

Saudia operates a fleet of more than 150 narrow and wide-body aircraft, including 100 Airbus A320 family and A330s. The airline operates one of the most modern fleets in the world — at an average aircraft age of less than five years. This latest purchase is in line with the group’s SV2020 Transformation Program, which includes the establishment and growth of a dual-brand strategy of operating airlines catering to the different customer segments in the Kingdom, region and beyond.

Since the launch of Saudia’s transformation plan in 2015, the airline has introduced a number of new products and services onboard, added new aircraft to the fleet, and expanded technological features on its mobile app and website.

The A320neo and its derivative aircraft family members are the world’s best-selling single aisle aircraft with over 6,100 orders from over 100 customers since its launch in 2010. The A320neo also offers significant environmental benefits with nearly 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to its previous generation aircraft.


Burj Al-Arab named No. 1 city hotel in MENA

Updated 13 July 2020

Burj Al-Arab named No. 1 city hotel in MENA

Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah, the crown jewel in hospitality leader Jumeirah Group’s portfolio and global icon of luxury, has been named the No. 1 city hotel in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) by Travel + Leisure at its World’s Best Awards.

Every year, Travel + Leisure — one of the largest travel media brands in the US — provides its 6 million plus readers the chance to have their say in choosing the most outstanding destinations, hotels, resorts, spas, airlines, cruise lines, tour operators and rental car agencies around the world as part of its annual survey. This year marks 25 years of celebrating the best in travel, with Burj Al-Arab recognized on the “World’s Best” list for its hospitality excellence, intuitive luxury service and iconic appeal.

Currently celebrating two decades of operations, the hotel is renowned across the globe for its boundary-pushing architecture and innovative design, with the team going above and beyond to create bespoke experiences for guests. It is also known for culinary excellence with a collection of restaurants led by renowned chefs and overseen by Michael Ellis, chief culinary officer and former managing director of the Michelin Guide.

José Silva, chief executive officer of Jumeirah Group, said: “Burj Al-Arab represents the very pinnacle of luxury, known world-over for its elevated design, service beyond expectations and unmatched physical spaces. International recognition such as this not only reaffirms the hotel’s iconic standing on the world map but also serves as a thank you to all those who go above and beyond, every day, to make our guests’ stay truly remarkable.”

Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding and a global luxury hotel company, operates a 6,500+-key portfolio of 26 properties across the Middle East (including the flagship Burj Al-Arab Jumeirah) Europe and Asia, with more properties currently under construction around the globe.

Prioritizing the health and safety of its guests and colleagues, Jumeirah Group has implemented a series of protective measures across all of its hotels, while strictly adhering to each market’s respective government directives. Four of its hotels in Dubai were recently awarded the Bureau Veritas SafeGuard label, with Jumeirah Al-Naseem being the first hotel in the world to receive the prestigious certification. The group is working closely with Bureau Veritas to certify its wider portfolio.

This year’s World’s Best Awards survey closed on March 2, just before widespread stay-at-home orders were implemented as a result of COVID-19. The results, therefore, reflect Travel + Leisure’s readers’ experiences before the pandemic.