JEDDAH, SAUDI ARABIASaudi low-cost operator flyadeal outlined plans to take delivery of all 50 A320neo aircraft by 2025 under its Jun-2019 agreement with Airbus, comprising an initial 30 aircraft with the option for a further 20.

The airline began its operations with a small fleet of leased Airbus A320 jets, with double daily flights between Jeddah and Riyadh.

In under one year of flying, flyadeal was operating 392 weekly flights within Saudi Arabia and soon became the second-largest airline on the highest traffic route in the MENA region.

flyadeal has also been able to accelerate growth within the Saudi domestic market. The low-cost airline is now operating over 600 weekly flights, with a fleet of 15 Airbus A320 aircraft.

“We are designed for today’s price-conscious and tech-savvy customer and, in a market where 80% of the population is less than 40 and has at least two mobile phones. This is a country that is ripe for technological innovation and e-commerce,” Con Korfiatis, CEO of flyadeal, said.

“The performance of the airline has been ahead of expectations. We have grown faster than most start-up airlines and flown over eleven million passengers since we launched,” Korfiatis added.

flyadeal is currently operating 18 routes domestically.