RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – Boeing today announced they will sell Saudi Arabia up to 121 Dreamliner aircraft from the American plane builder, and the U.S. government is fine with the deal.
Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA) is set to purchase 39 787s, with a further 10 options, utilizing the outstanding efficiency, range and flexibility of the Dreamliner to sustainably grow its global operation. The agreement will include both 787-9 and 787-10 models.
This agreement is part of Saudi Arabia’s wider strategic plan to transform the country into a global aviation hub.
Antony J. Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State, said today that the United States welcomes the deal in which Saudi Arabia will purchase up to 121 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft. The planes will come equipped with General Electric’s most advanced GEnex engines to anchor the newly-formed Riyadh Air and expand the Saudia Airlines fleet.
“These deals, valued at nearly $37 billion, follow years of discussions, including engagement by U.S. officials,” Blinken said. “Together with Boeing’s historic Air India announcement last month, these deals will support over one million American jobs in the aerospace supply chain across 44 states. This is a clear win for American workers and enhances America’s global leadership in manufacturing.
“Acquiring these technologically sophisticated aircraft and engines will enable Riyadh Air and Saudia Airlines to provide service for passengers to over 100 destinations in the United States and around the globe.
“We will continue to work with Saudi Arabia and all of our partners in the Middle East to support a more prosperous, secure, and integrated region, which ultimately benefits the American people.”
Back in 2001, several Saudi Arabian males hijacked airplanes in the United Stats, crashed them into buildings and landmarks, and generally killed thousands of Americans using their piloting skills.