Saudia embarks on A330 and B777 fleet retrofit program

Saudia Airlines A330
Laurent ERRERA from L'Union, France, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Saudi Arabian flag carrier Saudia, and Collins Aerospace have announced a partnership to drive the upgrade of fleet interiors.

This upgrade program will firstly involve the fitment of newly designed seats in Saudia’s upcoming Boeing 787 fleet.

Secondly, a comprehensive seat retrofit program is planned for the carrier’s Airbus A330 and Boeing B777 fleet.

Cabin Upgrade Program

The overriding goal of this partnership is the elevation of passenger experience for Saudia guests. This will be achieved through a multi-pronged approach, including:

  • New Seat Installations: Collins Aerospace will design and install new seats for Saudia’s upcoming Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet. Boeing are to deliver the aircraft from early 2026 onwards.
  • Fleet-Wide Seat Retrofits: The airline has announced a comprehensive seat retrofit program to be undertaken for its existing Airbus A330 and Boeing 777 fleet.The program will be starting in late 2025 and reaching completion by late 2027. This program aims to enhance both functionality and aesthetics for a more comfortable and enjoyable travel experience.
  • Private Suites in Business Class: Saudia is equipping the Business Class cabins across its entire wide-body fleet with private suites.
  • These premium suites will offer guests an unparalleled level of comfort and privacy.
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Improving Operational Efficiency

Beyond elevating the passenger experience, this partnership also focuses on strengthening Saudia’s operational capabilities.

This is evident in the establishment of localized repair and select spares manufacturing capabilities with Saudia Technic. This initiative will:

  • Improve In-House Repair Capabilities: Saudia will benefit from enhanced in-house repair capabilities. This allows for faster turnaround times and improved maintenance efficiency.
  • Streamline Spares Support: The localized spares manufacturing capabilities will streamline support for parts and components, reducing reliance on external suppliers.
  • Deploy Localized Product Support: This initiative will provide Saudia with on-the-ground expertise for product support. This will ensure optimal performance and addressing any issues promptly.
  • Optimize Fleet Performance: By taking these steps, Saudia aims to optimize fleet performance and achieve greater operational efficiency.
A Saudia Technic engineer works on the First Suite interior of a Boeing 777.

Partnership for Growth and Innovation

Commenting on the partnership, Rossen Dimitrov, Chief Customer Experience Officer at Saudia, stated, “This collaboration represents a significant step forward in our commitment to delivering exceptional comfort and convenience to our guests.”

“We are confident that our collaboration with Collins Aerospace will establish a new benchmark for travel with Saudia, benefiting not only the national flag carrier but expanding to the entire Saudia Group.”

Cynthia Muklevicz, Vice President of Business Development at Collins Aerospace, echoed this sentiment, saying, “This partnership not only expands our longstanding relationship, but further supports the transformative airline growth underway at Saudia.”

“Our team is dedicated to delivering innovative solutions that exceed expectations, and we look forward to collaborating closely with Saudia to redefine the standards of comfort and luxury in air travel.”

This partnership is a testament to both companies’ commitment to innovation, passenger experience, and operational excellence.

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