Saudi Arabia’s Riyadh Air, the airline backed by the county’s Public Investment Fund, has ordered up to 72 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in a multi-billion dollar deal.
The order is unprecedented for a new airline and highlights Saudi Arabia’s ambition to become a major aviation hub.
The order comprises 39 confirmed aircraft plus another 33 wide-bodied 787-9 Dreamliners. It comes as Saudi Arabia’s national carriers announced their intent to order up to 121 aircraft in total, representing the fifth-largest commercial order by value in Boeing’s history.
The huge Boeing order will help to shuttle a projected 330 million passengers by 2030. His Excellency Yasir Al-Rumayyan, Governor of the PIF and Chairman of Riyadh Air, applauded the move, saying, “This is a momentous day for PIF and Riyadh Air, and highlights our determination to significantly extend Saudi Arabia’s connectivity with the world”.
Riyadh Air is a digital-first airline committed to sustainability, in line with Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030 toward net zero emissions. The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is manufactured to achieve lower CO2 emissions, greater fuel efficiency, and pass stringent noise regulations.
LEAP 2024 Will Shine A Light On Female Innovators In Technology
Women comprise nearly a third of the event’s speaker lineup alongside a dedicated program of high-level content, investment, and mentorship.
LEAP 2024, a premier global technology event, will highlight the achievements of women in the technology sector as it returns for its third edition at the Riyadh Exhibition and Convention Centre in Malham district from March 4 to 7.
Hosted by Tahaluf, a strategic collaboration between Informa PLC, the Events Investment Fund (EIF), and the Saudi Federation for Cybersecurity, Programming, and Drones (SAFCSP), LEAP 2024 will feature a dedicated program titled “Women in Tech”. The program will offer enriching content, investment opportunities, networking sessions, mentorship programs, and a special startup award.
The initiative aims to inspire women to actively participate in the technology industry, aligning with broader diversity efforts. Reflecting the Kingdom’s commitment to equality, the focus on “Women in Tech” coincides with the increasing female participation at LEAP events.
Annabelle Mander, Senior Vice President of Tahaluf, emphasized the event’s commitment to gender inclusivity, stating, “Female representation is across all of LEAP’s features and reflects the event’s mission of driving economic diversification and providing market access to international business. Within Tahaluf itself, half of our team members are women, and women make up half of our SMT, too”.
The “Women in Tech” program will feature distinguished speakers including Nadine Hachach Haram, CEO and Founder of Proximie, and Sahar Albanarna from IMPACTIQUE Bahrain, who explained: “Over 26 million women worldwide with professional experience and degrees are not in the global workplace. This demographic includes a huge pool of untapped talent which technology can help unleash to fuel the co-creation of exponential solutions across multiple sectors. To help women access productive employment, we urge industry leaders to support high-impact female entrepreneurs as a means to boost their economies and accelerate the UN’s sustainable development goals by promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth”.
The event will also provide a platform for female-led startups and entrepreneurs to pitch for funding and support through various initiatives such as the Women’s Investor Forum, Entrepreneur Mentorship Scheme, and the Aviatrix Award at the Rocket Fuel pitch competition, offering a prize fund of US$150,000.