Does Boeing own some 777-200ERs that they can lease out to this airline as a interim solution before they can deliver 787s? I just can't see Boeing still offering an airline like this brand new 777-200LRs. I could see them taking new 77Ws, but a 787 order is most likely by now, otherwise they will already offer them the 777X.
We'll see if this turns into an actual order. It wouldn't be the first time that such announcements are never followed up with an actual deal.
So the ME3 are going to be the ME4?
There are already more then just the 3 ME3 airlines on the Arabian Peninsula that have sizable wide-body fleets. If SaudiaGulf succeeds they most likely be one of those other Arabian airlines.