Posted on: 16 January 2014 by Mark Howells
Dammam-based Al Qahtani Aviation Company has signed a firm purchase agreement for 16 Bombardier CS300s with 10 options to be operated by SaudiGulf Airlines, a newly launched national carrier from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Al Qahtani Aviation Company and SaudiGulf Airlines are both owned by Abdel Hadi Abdullah Al-Qahtani & Sons Group of Companies.
“This is an exciting time for the aviation industry in the Arab states and neighbouring regions, particularly when you consider that more than 54 million passengers moved through Saudi Arabia’s 27 airports last year alone,” said Sheikh Tariq Al Qahtani, chairman, SaudiGulf Airlines. "We are very excited about the CSeries aircraft’s suitability for this market and the long-term success it will bring to the region.
“With its clean-sheet design, modern technologies and competitive costs, the CSeries aircraft will give us the opportunity to introduce a new, quality, premium airline and an economically sustainable business model in Saudi Arabia, serving the domestic market, the Gulf and Middle East. SaudiGulf's CSeries aircraft will offer wide and comfortable, leather seats, and inflight entertainment in first-class, as well as economy-class seats,” added Sheikh Tariq.
Including this order, Bombardier has booked orders and commitments for 445 CSeries aircraft, which include firm orders for 198 CSeries airliners across 17 customers and lessees.