Safran Nacelles has been contracted to service thrust reversers on the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines powering Kuwait Airways' Airbus A330 fleet.

Asset management and unscheduled maintenance services are included in the deal, along with access to a thrust-reverser spares pool in the Middle East, says Safran.

The French supplier is the OEM for Trent 700 thrust reversers.

Support will be provided by Aerostructures Middle East Services – a Dubai-based joint venture between Safran and Air France-KLM's maintenance division – and other facilities in the manufacturer's MRO network.

Falah Salman, head of the special assignment office at Kuwait Airways' engineering department, states that Safran's "footprint in the region... convinced us to continue the working relationship".

He adds that he looks forward to "extensive collaboration on new aircraft joining Kuwait Airways' fleet soon".

Flight Fleets Analyzer shows that the carrier has five A330-200s and has ordered 15 A320neo jets. No engine has yet been selected for the A320neos.

The carrier’s current A320ceo-family fleet is powered by CFM International CFM56s . That engine maker is a joint venture between Safran and GE Aviation.

Safran supplies the nacelle for the Leap engine, which is an option for the A320neo.