SaudiGulf Airlines has selected the International Aero Engines (IAE) V2500 engine to power four A320ceo aircraft and has also signed an eight-year V-ServicesSM maintenance service agreement with IAE. SaudiGulf is a new airline based in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with headquarters in Dammam and is planning to commence services in 2015.
"As a new airline, our success is dependent upon establishing a well-developed, quality fleet before we begin our operations," said Tariq Al-Qahtani, chairman, SaudiGulf Airlines. "With the combined technology of Pratt & Whitney, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines, we know that we are powering and maintaining our aircraft with one of the best options on the market."
"We are excited to expand our partnership with SaudiGulf to include A320ceo aircraft," said Dave Brantner, president, Pratt & Whitney Commercial Engines. "The V2500 engine has a long-standing track record of superior performance and will be a trusted power plant for the A320ceo aircraft for SaudiGulf."
Abdulhadi Al Qahtani Sons Group of Companies acting through Al-Qahtani Aviation Company, a corporation organized and existing under the laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, represented by Tariq Al-Qahtani as the chairman, announced in 2013 the launch of SaudiGulf Airlines, the first of several new domestic airlines serving passengers in Saudi Arabia. SaudiGulf will operate three to four daily flights, beginning in 2015 to Jeddah and Riyadh departing from King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Saudi Arabia.
IAE is a multinational aero engine consortium whose shareholders are comprised of Pratt & Whitney (NYSE: UTX), Pratt & Whitney Aero Engines International GmbH, Japanese Aero Engines Corporation and MTU Aero Engines. To date, more than 6,000 V2500 engines have been delivered to nearly 200 customers around the world.