Saudi low-cost carrier, flynas, has confirmed an order with Airbus for 30 new A320 neo aircraft in a deal valued at SAR14 billion at the current list price.

The latest development takes the carrier’s total order with Airbus up to 120 A320 neo aircraft.

The announcement for the latest order of the narrowbody jets was made at the ongoing Paris Air Show.

“This order is part of a SAR32 billion order to purchase 120 aircraft from Airbus, in alignment with the Board of Directors’ approval to increase aircraft orders to 250 aircraft. This reflects flynas’ commitment to moving forward with its growth and expansion strategy which aims to reach 165 domestic and international destinations,” said Bander Almohanna, chief executive officer and managing director of flynas.

The carrier recently received several aircraft as part of the 19 aircraft that are to be delivered to it this year.

Flynas has increased its fleet size by 94 per cent in the last 24 months to 49 aircraft. Its fleet mix includes 32 Airbus A320 neo, 13 Airbus A320 ceo and four widebody Airbus A330.

The Saud airline is an all-Airbus operator and was the first carrier in the kingdom to acquire an A320 neo.

“The A320 neo family brings unmatched benefits to our passengers, offering exceptional operational performance and environmental benefits while helping us provide unique travel experiences at a low cost,” added Almohanna.

The carrier currently flies to 70 domestic and international destinations, and has transported more than 60 million passengers since its launch in 2007.

Flynas reported passenger numbers of 2.4 million for the first quarter of this year. It represents a 26 per cent increase over the 1.9 million passengers it carried in the corresponding period last year. The number of flights it operated in Q1 2023 stood at 17,000, a 13 per cent year-on-year increase over the 15,000 flights it operated in Q1 2022.

Saudi Arabia’s National Civil Aviation Strategy meanwhile aims to increase the number of international destinations linked to the kingdom to more than 250 destinations by 2030.

(Image: Supplied by flynas)