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  August 12th, 2001    

Saudi Arabian Airlines completes fleet renewal with 23rd Boeing 777

Saudi Arabian Airlines has taken delivery of its 23rd Boeing 777 which arrived on a non-stop flight from Seattle to Jeddah, completing the airline's fleet renewal program that began with agreements made in 1995. Since then, Saudi Arabian Airlines has become the world's fourth largest operator of 777s.


Boeing 777
Saudi Arabian Airlines completes fleet renewal with 23rd Boeing 777.

Dubai, UAE
The rest of Saudi Arabian Airline's new Boeing fleet of 61 aircraft comprises five 747-400s, four MD11Fs, 29 MD90s, and 23 777-200ERs. The 61 deliveries were accomplished over a period of just over three-and-half years and the US$7.2 billion Saudi Arabian Airline order remains the largest ever by a non-US carrier.

“Saudi Arabian Airlines and Boeing have been partners in advancing aviation in the Middle East since 1945, dating back to the delivery of the airline's first DC-3,” said Doug Groseclose, vice president, International Sales for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “The completion of these deliveries results in one of the world's youngest airline fleets, and the beneficiaries are Saudi Arabian Airlines' customers who will receive unparalleled passenger comfort and high reliability rates.”

The Boeing 777 has established a record of having the fastest sales pace of any wide body aircraft in history. Since the launch of the 777 in 1990, Boeing has received orders for 581 airplanes and has delivered 354 of the popular twinjets to more than 25 customers worldwide, capturing 68 per cent of market share.

Added Groseclose: “One of the main reasons behind the success story of the 777 is Boeing's willingness to listen to its customers, and then using its technological experience to design the aircraft based on these findings. The result of Boeing's “Working Together” program is the 777 – the most hi-tech jetliner on the market, and one that maximizes comfort and reliability, while minimizing travel time and operating costs.”

A large part of the 777's success can be attributed to the extensive design consideration given to passenger comfort for long-haul flights. The 777's high cruise speed and extreme reliability mean that airlines can count on it to do more in less time with fewer interruptions. Among sub-sonic airliners, only the 747 cruises faster than the 777, and in comparison with its competitors, the Boeing 777 family enjoys a significant speed advantage. This translates into shorter flight times by up to a half-hour on 12-14 hour flights such as from Jeddah to North America.

The 777 reputation for reliability is based on the latest digital design processes and comprehensive systems testing, and together with the fundamental superiority of the twinjet design, have placed the aircraft far ahead of its competitor in terms of mechanical delays, cancellations, in-flight diversions and turn backs.

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For more information, please contact: Saffana Michael or Summera Ali,
Promoseven PR, Dubai. Tel: 3368826. Fax: 3368609

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