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Kuwait Airways signs for A350 and A320neo

Kuwait Airways has moved a step closer to a fleet-renewal programme, having signed a tentative deal to acquire 10 Airbus A350-900s and 15 A320neos.

The airframer, which confirms the signing of a memorandum of understanding, has not indicated when the aircraft will be delivered.

While the A350s are only available with Rolls-Royce Trent XWB engines, no powerplant selection has been given for the A320neo jets.

Kuwait Airways' fleet renewal has been a drawn-out process, interrupted by the government's efforts to privatise the airline.

It had previously intended to take a batch of Boeing 787s as well as a number of A320s under a modernisation programme. Kuwait Airways operates several ageing types including Airbus A300s and A310s.

Acting chairman Jassar Al Jassar says the A350s will "strengthen our long haul route development" while the A320neos will be deployed on regional sectors.

"These aircraft are an essential part of our ambitious growth plans," says Al Jassar.

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