Fleet utilisation is terrible. They roughly operate half as many hours per type compared to the average network carrier. It is therefore fairly easy to see most of their fleet sitting around JED
have no plans for fleet changes except for the Embraers. They have grounded a couple of A300s at RUH
. The 300s are the right size for a lot of their markets, the 744 and 777s are too large. The MD90s are not appropriate for all domestic markets so 732s are retained for some of the more remote services.
The Arabesk alliance will throw up some opportunities for Arab airlines to fly on behalf of Saudia to feeed either the JED
hub. This is an alliance worth watching as they are thinking very creatively.