Kuwait Airways opts for 787s, A320s from ALAFCO

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Kuwait Airways is set to take 12 Boeing 787s and seven Airbus A320s from Kuwaiti lessor Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO) after completing its fleet renewal tender.

The airline currently operates a fleet including four Airbus A340s, eight A300s and A310s, three A320s and a pair of Boeing 777s, and has been looking at a fleet renewal covering up to 34 aircraft.

A spokesman for the airline says it has made a decision to take a dozen Boeing 787s and seven A320s. These aircraft will come from ALAFCO and deliveries would begin from 2009. A local report suggests a memorandum of understanding will be signed between the two firms covering the deal in the next few days.

ALAFCO in March became the Middle East launch customer for the 787, placing an order for 12 of the type. It has selected General Electric’s GEnx engine to power these aircraft. It also late last year bolstered its A320 portfolio by acquiring six more from Airbus. Nobody could be reached at ALAFCO for comment.