Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAUDIA), the national flag carrier of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, at a special ceremony at the new Terminal 1 of Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport, on September 30th, welcomed its first 787-10 Dreamliner, which will play a key role in the airline’s fleet and network expansion.

“SAUDIA operates a state-of-the-art fleet equipped with the latest technology, and in addition to the airline’s existing Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, is now adding the 787-10 variant which will further support future network growth plans,” said Director General Saudi Arabian Airlines, His Excellency Eng. Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser.

The layout of the SAUDIA Boeing 787-10 will be 357 seats in a two-class configuration, with 24 seats in Business Class and 333 seats in Guest Class (Economy).

In addition to the 787-10, SAUDIA operates 13 787-9 Dreamliner airplanes, and 33 777-300ER (Extended Range) jets.

The 787-10 as a stretch of the 787-9 adds about 40 more seats in a 2-class configuration and cargo capacity, offering 25 percent better fuel per seat and fewer emissions than the airplanes it replaces. With a range 6,345 nautical miles (11,750 kms), the 787-10 can fly more than 95 percent of the world’s twin-aisle routes.