Kuwait Airways is formally seeking proposals for up to 34 aircraft to replace and renew the flag carrier's ageing fleet, writes David Kaminski-Morrow.

The airline, which expects to receive offers from Airbus and Boeing covering 30 to 34 aircraft soon, operates a fleet including eight Airbus A300/A310s, three A320s, four A340s and a pair of Boeing 777-200ERs.

The airline says it is to assess the proposals from both manufacturers and is optimistic of reaching a conclusion within three months.

Kuwait Airways has previously suggested that it would simplify its fleet with just two aircraft types, and has mentioned that the long-haul component would probably feature either the A350, 777 or 787.

The carrier has indicated that it could sell its existing fleet and lease the jets back in the interim period before its new aircraft are delivered.

Source: Flight International