The Board of Directors of Flynas yesterday (28th March 2022) have greenlit plans to raise its volume of order to 250 aircraft. The order comes on the back of an impressive 2021 financial performance from the Saudi Low-Cost Carrier (LCC) amid the COVID-19 pandemic wreaking havoc in the global aviation industry.

The carrier has set its sights on further expansion in its network and increasing the connectivity of the kingdom to the world and will explore aircraft of different capabilities in the interim while discussions are currently ongoing with aircraft manufacturers for drafting agreements.

Once the carrier finalizes those agreements, Flynas will essentially become the largest LCC in the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region while also being the largest owner and operator of a modern fleet of aircraft within the region

Interestingly, the board have also given the go-ahead for the carrier to explore the possibility to set up international bases outside the kingdom.

Flynas Route Map

Flynas Route network
Source: Flynas

It also should be noted that the carrier currently has a fleet size of just over 35 aircraft and serves 70 destinations both domestic and international, the larger order intent signals the airline’s optimism for the future.

Flynas CEO & MD, Bander Almohanna had this to say, “The decision of the Board of Directors of flynas to raise our new aircraft orders to 250 supports our effort to achieve the Civil Aviation Strategy, and expresses the Board of Directors’ belief in the growth opportunities and positive perspective of domestic and international markets.”

And added “From our position as a Saudi air carrier, we see great opportunities for expansion supported by the strategic location of the Kingdom and the prospects opened by Saudi Vision 2030 for the air transport sector. This is reinforced by the launch of the Civil Aviation Strategy, which aims to increase the annual passenger traffic to 330 million and connect KSA with more than 250 destinations worldwide by 2030.”

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