Saudi Arabian Airlines has placed an $890m order for four Airbus A330 aircraft, taking its total order for the model to 12.

The airline made the order during the Paris Air Show.

“We are reaping the benefits of operational efficiency and productivity with our new fleet of A330s and our passengers love it too. The A330 is an important pillar upon which we are building out ambitious expansion plans by simultaneously meeting rising passenger demand and expectations,” says Khalid al-Molhem, director general of Saudi Arabian Airlines.

The carrier is also carrying out its privatisation programme. The catering and cargo units have already been privatised, while privatisation of the ground services are in advanced stages. The remaining two units, including the aviation academy and maintenance division, will be privatised by 2013 at the latest.