The recently announced national airline of Saudi Arabia, Riyadh Air, has revealed the first of two liveries following its announcement in March 2023 by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, who also serves as the Prime Minister and Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF).
The airline shared the unveiling of the livery on Instagram, describing it as a combination of advanced technology and timeless elegance. It remains unclear whether the airline intends to have a fleet with two distinct liveries or if the designs are being considered as options for the airline’s branding.
According to Flightglobal, Riyadh Air, the Saudi Arabian start-up airline, has successfully obtained the ‘RX’ airline designator code from the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
In addition, Tony Douglas, a highly experienced professional with over four decades of expertise in the aviation, transportation, and logistics sectors, has been appointed as the CEO of the airline. Douglas previously held the position of CEO at Etihad Airways, based in the United Arab Emirates, from January 2018 until October 2022.
Tony Douglas, a seasoned professional with over four decades of experience in the aviation, transportation, and logistics sectors, has been named as the CEO of Riyadh Air. Douglas previously served as the CEO of Etihad Airways, a leading airline based in the United Arab Emirates, from January 2018 to October 2022. His extensive industry expertise makes him well-suited to lead the newly appointed Saudi Arabian airline.
Riyadh Air, a new national airline of Saudi Arabia, has ambitious plans to serve over 100 destinations worldwide by 2030. Capitalizing on the kingdom’s strategic location between Asia, Africa, and Europe, the airline aims to establish a strong global presence. Although specific aircraft orders have not yet been announced, Riyadh Air is expected to receive its first wide-body aircraft and launch its inaugural international flight in early 2025. The airline’s CEO has emphasized that the aircraft order will be significant, reflecting Riyadh Air’s ambitious goals.
In recent developments, Saudi Arabia was reportedly engaged in advanced negotiations with Airbus to order nearly 40 A350 jets, while Boeing was also actively seeking a share in the kingdom’s transportation expansion plans. The state-owned Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) confirmed discussions with both Boeing and Airbus for orders relating to its existing operations and the new carrier.
Riyadh Air, fully owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, the Public Investment Fund (PIF), is expected to contribute around $20 billion to the country’s non-oil GDP growth and create over 200,000 jobs directly and indirectly. The PIF, with assets exceeding $600 billion, plays a crucial role in diversifying Saudi Arabia’s economy and reducing its dependence on oil.