Kuwait Airways opts for eight A330-800
Toulouse - Kuwait Airways confirmed an order for eight Airbus A330-800, however, the fate of the A350XWB order has not known yet.
On October 15, the state-owned airline operator of Kuwait signed a purchase agreement for eight A330-800 valued at $ 2 billion at list price. The contract was signed by Yousef Al-Jassim, President of Kuwait Airways, and Christian Scherer, Chief Commercial Officer of Airbus, at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse.
The order announcement marks a milestone in Kuwait Airways' fleet renewal and expansion strategy. The backlog of Kuwait's national carrier also includes A350 XWBs and single-aisles from the A320neo family. Deliveries of these new Airbus aircraft is expected to start next year.
European aircraft manufacturer did not comment on the announcement of the AACO (Arab Air Carrier Organization) last week, which referred to an order of five A350-1000 and eight A330neo instead of ten A350-900 initially announced.
Kuwait Airways confirmed in February 2014 a Memorandum of Understanding for ten A350-900 and fifteen A320neo family aircraft for $ 4.4 billion at the list price of that time. Several sources announced that the fifteen re-engineered single-aisles will be divided into ten A321neo and five A320neo and the order for ten A350-1000 would be converted to five A350-1000 and eight A330neo.
Kuwait Airways currently operates sixteen leased Airbus aircraft, including five A330-200 and 11 A320 family aircraft. Its fleet also includes ten Boeing 777-300ER and one last 747-400.
The announcement allows Airbus anyway to redisplay orders for the A330-800, which had lost its only customer when Hawaiian Airlines had opted for the 787 Dreamliner.
Launched in July 2014, the A330neo represents the new generation of A330 family and comes in two versions with a similarity of 99 percent.
According to Airbus, these new widebodies benefit from the proven profitability, versatility and technical regularity of the A330 family, and they provide a reduction in fuel consumption of around 25% per seat compared to aircraft of the previous generation. The aircraft is also capable of flying up to 1500 nautical miles more than the current A330s in operation.
The A330neos are powered by the latest generation of Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and equipped with a new, larger wing with sharklets inspired by the A350 XWB.