Kuwait Airways undertakes major fleet renewal

Kuwait Airways has signed a contract with Airbus to buy 10 A350-900 and 15 A320neo family aircraft in the biggest overhaul of its fleet since the 1990 Iraqi invasion.


Kuwait Airways undertakes major fleet renewal


Kuwait Airways has signed a contract with Airbus to buy 10 A350-900 and 15 A320neo family aircraft in the biggest overhaul of its fleet since the 1990 Iraqi invasion. The airline currently operates three A320, three A310, five A300 and four A340 family aircraft and wants to take out of service 11 aircraft of which have an average age of 18 years.

The Kuwait Airways order comes a year after the Gulf Arab state won a US$500 million settlement from Iraqi Airways to end a two-decade dispute over damage caused when former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein’s forces seized aircraft and parts.

“The A350-900 will strengthen our long haul route development whilst the A320neo will further boost our regional route network. These aircraft are an essential part of our ambitious growth plans,” said Kuwait Airways acting chairman Jassar Al Jassar. Kuwait Airways is expected to receive the planes from the second quarter of 2014 through 2022.