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    Kuwait Airways seeks profitability but near-term privatisation unlikely: chairman


    Kuwait Airways’ new chairman is not expecting any near-term revival of plans to privatise the airline, indicating it will remain a government-owned operator. Potential privatisation has been a drawn-out saga, dating back more than 15 years. The initiative to sell a large shareholding would intermittently gain momentum, only to be ...

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    Kuwait Airways weighs long-haul freighter options as it seeks to build cargo division


    Kuwait Airways is weighing the Boeing 777F and the Airbus A350F as it looks to enhance its cargo division, a strategy through which it expects to acquire a fleet of dedicated freighters. Newly-appointed chairman Abdulmohsen Alfagaan, speaking to FlightGlobal at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Riyadh, stressed the ...

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    Kuwait Airways slashed losses for 2021 but deficit remains heavy


    Kuwait Airways’ parent company has disclosed a full-year loss of KD104.8 million ($342 million) for 2021, although this figure is less than half the previous deficit. It generated revenues of KD196 million including nearly KD178 million in passenger and cargo revenues for the year. Kuwait Airways’ employee costs fell by ...

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    Kuwait Airways looks to acquire freighters as fleet modernisation advances


    Kuwait Airways is looking to take advantage of increasing cargo demand with the acquisition of dedicated freighters for its fleet. Speaking to FlightGlobal at the Arab Air Carriers Organization conference in Abu Dhabi, chief executive Maen Razouqi said he believed the airline could support up to five freighters. “We don’t ...

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    Fire hits Kuwait airport’s under-construction passenger terminal


    Kuwait airport’s new passenger terminal has been hit by a fire while still under construction. The extent of any damage to the building, Terminal 2, is unclear. Kuwait’s directorate general of civil aviation states, through its official social media channel, that air traffic at the Gulf airport “has not been ...

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    Kuwait Airways to open second UK destination


    Gulf carrier Kuwait Airways is to open services to a second UK destination, with flights to the city of Manchester. The airline will operate three-times weekly to Manchester from 1 May. Kuwait Airways will deploy Airbus A320neo twinjets on the route, according to information from its reservations system. The airline ...

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    Kuwait Airways posted $870m loss in pandemic-hit 2020


    Kuwait Airways’ latest full-year financial statement shows the flag-carrier sustained a net loss of KD264.5 million ($870 million) during the pandemic-hit 2020. The airline’s revenues sank by 64% over the year, to just under KD138 million. Kuwait Airways had already been unprofitable before the crisis, turning in a 2019 net ...

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    Airbus long-haul activity weakens but A220 sales prove buoyant


    Airbus’s long-haul orders sank further into negative territory during February, although strong single-aisle sales – particularly for the A220 – left the airframer with positive net orders for the first two months of the year. Twenty A330-900s assigned to unidentified customers have been removed, Airbus’s latest backlog figures reveal. Although ...

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    Kuwait Airways turns to A330-900 in fleet rejig


    Kuwait Airways has rejigged its aircraft orders with Airbus, including a notable switch to the A330-900, to match more closely its development plans over the next few years. The carrier will also take a batch of A321neos including long-range versions of the twinjet. Kuwait Airways had eight A330-800s on order ...

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    Airbus delivers first A330-800s with handover to Kuwait Airways


    Airbus has delivered its first A330-800s, both aircraft being handed over to Middle Eastern operator Kuwait Airways. The -800 is the smaller of the two A330neo family members. Kuwait Airways had ordered eight of the twinjets, powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, in late 2018 as part of a deal ...

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    Kuwait Airways to lay off 1,500 staff


    Kuwait Airways is to shed 1,500 foreign personnel in response to the problems presented by the coronavirus crisis. The flag-carrier states that the “difficult decision” follows the “great hardships that the company is facing” as a result of the impact on the air transport sector. As a result of the ...

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    Kuwait A330-800 delivery set for third quarter


    Kuwait Airways appears set to take delivery of its first Airbus A330-800 in the third quarter of this year. FlightGlobal understands, from a source familiar with the situation, that the airline is working to this timetable following the certification of the -800 in mid-February. Kuwait Airways is configuring the Rolls-Royce ...

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    Kuwait Airways turns in huge full-year loss


    Kuwait Airways’ latest full-year financial figures show the airline’s losses worsened to KD131.9 million ($435 million), the equivalent of over $17 million in losses for every aircraft in its fleet. Its revenues for the year to 31 December 2018 rose by 10% to KD344 million. While it slashed overall employee ...

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    A330-800 certification slips to 2020


    Airbus has quietly pushed back A330-800 certification to next year, shifting the timeline for approval of the smaller A330neo variant.

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    PICTURE: Kuwait Airways takes first A320neo


    ​Kuwait Airways has received its first Airbus A320neo, the first of 15 of the type ordered by the Gulf carrier.

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    Ground worker killed in Kuwait 777 towing accident


    ​Kuwait Airways has disclosed that a ground-support worker was killed during a towing accident at the company’s base airport on 6 May.

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    ​A330-800 certification on schedule for second half of 2019


    Airbus is half way through the flight-test programme for the A330-800 and on course to receive certification in the second half of 2019.

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    Eighteen A330neos revive Airbus long-haul order book


    ​Airbus secured orders for 10 A330-900s from an undisclosed customer at the end of October, rounding off a month in which it formally logged eight A330-800s for Kuwait Airways.

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    ​Airbus comes out fighting as A330-800 finally flies


    Airbus could not disguise its delight in proving doubters wrong today with the first flight of the A330-800, saying it is “ready to bat the ball right down Boeing’s throat”.

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    PICTURES: A330-800 returns after successful first flight


    ​The Airbus A330-800 has landed back in Toulouse after a successful 4h 4min first flight from Toulouse.