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Article from BTNews 16 DECEMBER 2013

Kuwait Airways’ 25 new Airbus airliner

Kuwait Airways, the National airline of Kuwait, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding to buy ten Airbus A350-900 and fifteen A320neo Family aircraft.

The order is part of Kuwait Airways’ fleet renewal strategy and the carrier already operates three A320, three A310, five A300 and four A340 aircraft.

“The Airbus family is the ideal choice for an airline like ours,” said Kuwait Airways acting Chairman Mr Jassar Al Jassar. “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.”

Compared to earlier A320s the A320neo incorporates new more efficient engines and large ‘Sharklet’ wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15% in fuel savings. At the end of November, firm orders for the NEO (New Engine Option) stood at 2,523 from 45 customers, making it the fastest selling commercial airliner ever and underlining its market leadership position.

Meanwhile the mid-size long range A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is Airbus’ latest airliner. The fuselage cross-section is optimised to accommodate Airbus’ 18in-wide economy seat for long range passenger comfort. It is claimed to be 25% more efficient than existing aircraft in this size category. www.kuwaitairways.com

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