Saudi Arabian low-cost carrier Flyadeal has announced a commitment for up to 50 B737 Max aircraft in order to “support domestic growth and potential international expansion”.

The airline was launched in 2017 as a low-cost subsidiary of Saudi Arabian Airlines, and currently operates eight domestic routes out of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, with a fleet of ten A320-200 aircraft.

The new deal is worth $5.9 billion at list price, and when finalised will see Flyadeal order 30 B737 Max 8s, with an option for a further 20 aircraft.

Boeing said that “Compared to Flyadeal’s current fleet of A320s, the Max 8 carries 12 more passengers and provides 8 per cent lower operating costs per seat”.

Commenting on the news Director General of Saudi Arabian Airlines, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser said:

“The demand for air transport services in the domestic market of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has grown exponentially. A new brand, with a fresh identity focused on low-fares, Flyadeal has brought to the market a new choice – which has been received very positively.”

“The low-fares airline will continue to expand rapidly, and the addition to the fleet aligns well with Flyadeal’s target to grow its presence in the domestic market and cover new markets outside of Saudi Arabia.”