Kuwait Airways signs up for eight A330-800neo aircraft
Oct 18, 2018: Kuwait’s national carrier Kuwait Airways has signed up with Airbus for eight A330-800 aircraft.
Yousef Al-Jassim, chairman, Kuwait Airways said: “The A330-800 will seamlessly fit into our fleet expansion and growth plans. Its unbeatable operating economics and performance in addition to best in class passenger comfort make it a sound investment. We are confident that the A330-800 will support us to compete effectively on our expanding route network. Our relationship with Airbus extends beyond aircraft acquisitions and we look forward to further collaboration on technical fields.”
Kuwait Airways also has A350 XWB and A320neo Family aircraft on order. The delivery of the new Airbus fleet will start in 2019.
“The A330-800 with its unique efficiency and versatility will support the carrier’s ambition to develop its expanding long haul network,” said Christian Scherer, chief commercial officer, Airbus.
Launched in July 2014, the A330neo Family is the new generation A330, comprising two versions: the A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99 percent commonality. It provides benefits such as reducing fuel consumption by about 25 percent per seat versus previous generation competitors and increasing range by up to 1,500 nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation.
The A330 is one of the most popular widebody families ever, having received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers. More than 1,400 A330s are flying with over 120 operators worldwide. The A330neo is the latest addition to the leading Airbus widebody family, which also includes the A350 XWB and the A380, all featuring unmatched space and comfort combined with unprecedented efficiency levels and unrivalled range capability.
The agreement was signed by Yousef Al-Jassim, Kuwait Airways and Christian Scherer, Airbus at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.