Formed in 2016. Domestic airline with likely development of international operations in the near future. Domestic scheduled passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
SAUDI ARABIA: POPULATION: 24 MILLION. POSSESSOR OF THE WORLD'S LARGEST OIL RESERVES - LOOKS TO THE WEST FOR TECHNOLOGY. YET AS PROTECTOR OF ISLAM'S HOLIEST CITIES, MECCA AND MEDINA, IT IS PROFOUNDLY CONSERVATIVE, ADHERING TO A STRICT INTERPRETATION OF SUNNI ISLAM. THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI ARABIA WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1932. IT COVERS AN AREA OF 2.1 SQ KM, AND THE CAPITAL CITY IS RIYADH. THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
October 2016: SaudiGulf Airlines (SGX) started operations.
May 2017: Boeing (TBC) said it has agreed to negotiate a wide body airplane order with Saudi Arabian startup SaudiGulf Airlines (SGX) for as many as 16 airplanes, which the airline indicated will be 777s and/or 787s.
The Dammam-based carrier started operations in October 2016 with what it described as an upscale, full-service offering that it hopes will differentiate it from other carriers in the Saudi domestic market. SaudiGulf Airlines (SGX) currently operates a fleet of 4 Airbus A320ceo aircraft. It has 16 Bombardier CS300 aircraft on firm order, plus 10 options.
The news that SaudiGulf Airlines (SGX) has entered into talks with Boeing (TBC) about a wide body order came in a Boeing press release detailing a number of deals, mostly military, between Boeing (TBC) and Saudi Arabia that were announced in connection with USA President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia.
SaidiGulf Airlines (SGX) currently only operates domestic flights, serving Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh and Abha. It has indicated it will fly internationally to Dubai, but Dubai is not listed as a destination on SaudiGulf (SGX)’s website.
SaudiGulf (SGX) Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Karim Makhlouf said that long-haul flights are in the airline’s mid- to long-term plan. Destinations have not yet been decided on, but SE Asia is 1 region of interest, both for normal services and religious traffic heading to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages.
SaudiGulf Airlines (SGX) is considering both the 777 and 787 for its future requirements, he said, with a decision to be made “within the next 2 to 3 years.” Makhlouf said (SGX) is also considering moving from the A320 to the larger A321 as its passenger numbers grow. “In common with most operators, once the A320 successfully reaches certain loads or thresholds, you typically grow into the next size,” he explained. Load factors on its A320s are reaching 60% LF, which is “not bad and in line with projections,” Makhlouf said.
A320-232 (6733, VP-CGZ), entered service after storage.