Flynas, the Saudi LCC, says it is considering plans to increase its fleet more than 300% with orders for about 100 aircraft. CEO Paul Byrne said that it is considering the 737MAX and the Bombardier CSeries. Currently the airline uses A320s.
Byrne said there could be a decision on plans by the beginning of 2016 with RFP issued soon. The airline is focused on domestic routes after challenges from long-haul low-cost under a previous management team. A restructuring saw the return to profitability. “The only Saudi carrier who has made a profit,” said Byrne.
Flynas is focusing on sub-three hour segments said Byrne and is operating three main bases in Jeddah, Riyadh and recently, Dammam. It has increased destinations in the Gulf including Bahrain. “We would like to see more openings in Egypt for example,” said Byrne. “The business model works and there is a lot of optimism. We found what we are good at and we intend to continue doing so,” he said.