Airlines Airbus delivers first A330-800s to Kuwait Airways

Kuwait has become the first operator to fly with the A330-800, as the airline has taken delivery the first two aircraft.

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Airbus has delivered the first two of eight A330neos to Kuwait Airways. The delivery represents another milestone in the manufacturer´s A330neo programme, as these deliveries are the first to of the smaller A330-800 variant.

The aircraft is the latest to join Airbus´ product line-up, now consisting of the A330neo with the variants A330-800 and A330-900. The -900 version is already in service with several airlines around the world.

Kuwait Airways Chairman, Captain Ali Mohammad Al-Dukhan said: “Kuwait Airways takes pride in its continued relationship and cooperation with Airbus for the past four decades. The delivery of the first two A330neos is yet another significant milestone for Kuwait Airways as we progress towards our goals and implementation of our fleet development strategy,” said Al-Dukhan. “The introduction of the A330neos to our expanding fleet strengthens Kuwait Airways’ position as a prominent airline in both the regional and global aviation sector. As we are continuously reviewing our passenger requirements to provide excellent services, combined with comfort and safety during each flight, the arrival of the A330neos commences a new phase in the services we provide to our passengers on board, in addition to efficient and comfortable air transport services with Kuwait Airways,” added Al-Dukhan.

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer added: “The A330neo is the right aircraft for Kuwait Airways in these challenging times. This unique product is spot-on with Kuwait Airways’ ambition to expand its network in the most efficient and versatile way [...] With its Airspace best-in-class cabin comfort the aircraft will quickly become a passengers’ favourite. Thanks to its high level of commonality and cost advantages, the A330neo will easily and efficiently integrate into Kuwait Airways’ current fleet of A320s, A330s and its future fleet of A350 XWBs.”

The A330-800 is being powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and features new aerodynamical advantages like redefined winglets. Compared to previous generation aircraft, the A330neo family has a 25% lower fuel burn per seat.

Kuwait Airways was founded in 1954 and has its main operational base at Kuwait International Airport. The current fleet consists of 10 A330s, of which three are A320neos, five A330-200s and two A330-800s. The airline also flies with seven Boeing 777s.

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