flyadeal, a new low-cost airline based in Saudi Arabia, received its first Airbus A320ceo aircraft from Airbus on August 23rd, becoming the type’s newest operator. The aircraft is the first of eight on order, with deliveries to be complete by mid-2018.

Female employees taking selfies in front of flyadeal’s first aircraft at an unveiling ceremony on August 24th. Photo Credits: AFP

The airline was founded in 2016, and will begin operations on September 23rd, 2017, Saudi Arabia’s national day. The airline is a subsidiary of Saudia, the national airline, and will operate domestic flights from its hub in Jeddah, before expanding its network to regional destinations in the coming months.

flyadeal aims to appeal to budget travelers and the kingdom’s youth, with flyadeal CEO Con Korfiatis quoted in a statement saying that “Saudi Arabia and the region at large has a very young and digitally savvy population, [whom have] an increasing thirst for low fare travel domestically and across the region.”

Employees posing for the press at the August 24th event. Photo Credits: flyadeal

The airline is just one of many low cost airlines in the region, including UAE-based AirArabia and flydubai, Saudi Arabia-based Flynas and Omani carrier SalamAir.

flyadeal’s aircraft feature 186 Recaro slim-line seats in a single-class configuration, and all seats are equipped with USB power outlets as well as personal device holders.

Featured photo by Airbus.

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