flyadeal, a new low-cost airline based in Saudi Arabia, received its first Airbus A320ceo aircraft from Airbus on August 23rd, becoming the type’s newest operator. The aircraft is the first of eight on order, with deliveries to be complete by mid-2018.
The airline was founded in 2016, and will begin operations on September 23rd, 2017, Saudi Arabia’s national day. The airline is a subsidiary of Saudia, the national airline, and will operate domestic flights from its hub in Jeddah, before expanding its network to regional destinations in the coming months.
flyadeal aims to appeal to budget travelers and the kingdom’s youth, with flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis quoted in a statement saying that “Saudi Arabia and the region at large has a very young and digitally savvy population, [whom have] an increasing thirst for low fare travel domestically and across the region.”
The airline is just one of many low cost airlines in the region, including UAE-based AirArabia and flydubai, Saudi Arabia-based Flynas and Omani carrier SalamAir.
flyadeal’s aircraft feature 186 Recaro slim-line seats in a single-class configuration, and all seats are equipped with USB power outlets as well as personal device holders.
Featured photo by Airbus.