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Saudi low-cost flynas plans new purchase from Airbus

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Flynas, a low-cost airline operating in Saudi Arabia, might sign a contract with Airbus as early as the following week.

According to a Bloomberg article citing people familiar with the situation, the Saudi Arabian airline is attempting to increase the size of its order book in order to compete with other regional carriers. According to the article, the order might be given before the Paris Air Show, which starts on June 19, 2023.

According to data from ch-aviation.com, flynas now operates 58 aircraft, including 17 Airbus A320, 32 A320no, seven A330-300s, and two A330-900neos. Nine of them—four A320s, three A330-300s, and two A330-900neos—are wet-leased.

As of May 31, 2023, the low-cost carrier had orders for 10 A321neo aircraft and 41 A320neo aircraft, with information from ch-aviation.com indicating that the latter was the A321XLR.

During the 1444 AH Hajj pilgrimage season, flynas disclosed that it anticipated transporting more than 100,000 people, specifically bringing in an Airbus A330 aircraft in preparation for the pilgrimages.

The low-cost carrier increased the number of flights by 13% from the same time last year to carry 2.4 million passengers on 17,000 flights in Q1 2023.

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