Kuwait Airways has signed a Purchase Agreement
with Airbus for eight A330-800 aircraft.
The deal marks an important addition in Kuwait
Airways’ fleet renewal and expansion strategy, as it also has A350
XWB and A320neo Family aircraft on order. Delivery of the new
Airbus fleet will start in 2019.
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.”
Launched in July 2014, the A330neo
Family comprises two versions: the
A330-800 and A330-900 sharing 99 percent commonality. It builds on
the proven economics, versatility and reliability of the A330
Family, while reducing fuel consumption by about 25% and increasing range
by up to 1,500 nm compared to the majority of A330s in operation.
The A330neo is powered by Rolls-Royce’s
latest-generation Trent 7000 engines and features a new wing with
increased span and new A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets.
“We are delighted that Kuwait
Airways has chosen the A330neo as a cornerstone of its future
widebody fleet. 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, Airbus Chief
Commercial Officer. “The aircraft will seamlessly complement
Kuwait Airways’ A320neos and A350 XWBs and deliver unbeatable
operating economics, full operational commonality and unmatched