RIYADH — flynas (www.flynas.com), the award winning national carrier and leading low-cost airline in the Middle East which has been established by Khaled Bin Sultan Bin Abdulaziz, signed agreement with CFM International to acquire LEAP-1A engines. The signing took place in France last April 10 with the presence of Ayed Al Jeaid – Chairman of flynas and Bander Al Mohanna – Chief Executive Officer of flynas and Philippe Couteaux, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Safran/CFM International.
With a list price worth $6.3 billion (SR23.6 billion), flynas’ agreement with the world’s leading supplier of commercial aircraft engines, includes the acquiring of LEAP-1A engines to power the incoming fleet of 80, A320-neo aircraft ordered by flynas, scheduled to be delivered starting from 2018. The agreement also comprises an associated long-term maintenance and service agreement for the A320 new aircraft fleet with CFM.
Ayed Al Jeaid, Chairman of Flynas Company, said “it is highly gratifying to come into partnership with CFM in efforts to continue our strategic development. CFM’s proven success and performance over the years, comes as an essential component of our agreement with Airbus to purchase 80 confirmed order and 40 optional of A320-neo aircraft. Our ambitious vision for growth and expansion will be supported by this partnership and further enable our plans to push boundaries as the leading low cost carrier in the Middle East and the region.”
Bander Al Mohanna, Chief Executive Officer Flynas Company, said “we have operated exceptionally well with our existing Airbus A320 fleet with CFM56-5B engines, which has allowed us to maintain high performance standards and low cost in operations. Equipping our incoming A320neo fleet with LEAP-1A26 engines offers incomparable efficiency and a low cost structure for operating in environments with high temperatures in the region. This partnership not only gives us the confidence in continuing to provide the best on-time services to our guests but also enables us to strengthen our offerings domestically and internationally.”
“It is an honor to extend our partnership with Flynas by providing the LEAP-1A engine,” said Philippe Couteaux, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Safran/CFM International.
“We look forward to bringing them all the benefits of the advanced LEAP engine to its fleet as part of the airline’s continuous growth in the Middle East.”
flynas carried over 6.4 million passengers in 2017, a 17% CAGR increase since 2010. — SG