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Kuwait Airways receives first A330-200

Kuwait Airways has received its first Airbus A330-200, part of a fleet-renewal programme which will eventually include the A350 and Boeing 777-300ER.

The 212-seat aircraft, MSN1626, has been configured with 17 first-class, 30 business-class and 165 economy seats.

Kuwait Airways chair Rasha Al-Roumi says the introduction of the twinjet – which is powered by Rolls-Royce Trent 700 engines – will generate “unbeatable” operating costs and offer “unrivalled” comfort.

The airline is leasing five A330-200s, as well as seven A320s, under its modernisation scheme. It began receiving the A320s at the end of last year.

But it also plans to acquire 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, 10 A350-900s and 15 A320neo jets to rebuild its fleet, which includes – among other types – ageing A300s and A310s.

Kuwait Airways is undergoing privatisation but the process has been held up for several years by matters including the fleet renewal.

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