(Corrects to show $3.3 bln is for 12 planes only, in first
JEDDAH Nov 7 Saudi Arabian Airlines ordered 12
Boeing 777-300 'Extended Range' (ER) planes for $3.3 billion,
with an option for 10 more 777s, the U.S. firm Boeing (BA.N)
said on Sunday.
The national carrier, which is in the process of being
privatised, also ordered eight Boeing 787 dreamliners for its
long- haul fleet but did not give a price for that order.
"Our decision to order the 777-300 ER is part of a long-term
growth strategy to expand and modernise our fleet with newer,
more fuel-efficient airplanes," said Khaled al-Mulhim, Director
General of Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Saudi Airlines has a fleet of over 114 planes, including 35
Boeings and 35 Airbus A320s. The new order will raise the number
of Boeing 777 planes in the Saudia fleet to 35.
(Reporting by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Erica Billingham)