KAC re­ceives ‘Al-Jahra’ air­craft from Air­bus

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KUWAIT: Kuwait Air­ways Cor­po­ra­tion (KAC) has re­ceived the 12th and last air­craft of the leas­ing con­tract with Air­bus Com­pany. A330-200 bears the name of ‘Al-Jahra,’ KAC Chair­per­son and Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Rasha Al-Roumi said in state­ments quoted by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) re­ported yes­ter­day. Speak­ing to re­porters on the side­lines of a de­liv­ery cer­e­mony at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port, she said that the KAC re­ceived all the planes in the leas­ing con­tract, no­tably seven A320s and five A-330s.

By re­ceiv­ing the last air­plane from the Air­bus, the first stage of mod­ern­iz­ing the KAC’s fleet has been com­pleted, she said, adding that as the sec­ond stage would be launched by 2016. Un­der the sec­ond stage, the Kuwait Air­ways will be given a to­tal 10 Boe­ing 777s, with the first air­craft to be land­ing in Kuwait in Novem­ber 2016. On a plan to launch flights to Egypt’s Sharm ElSheikh by mid-De­cem­ber, Roumi said the KAC has al­ready dis­cussed all se­cu­rity mea­sures at Sharm El-Sheikh Air­port.

In Fe­bru­ary 2014, Kuwait Air­ways an­nounced the lease of 12 Air­bus air­craft in­clud­ing seven A320­neos and five A330-200s in ad­di­tion to the pur­chase of 25 air­craft in­clud­ing 10 A350-900 and 15 A320­neo Fam­ily air­craft mark­ing the start of a ma­jor fleet re­newal plan. In Novem­ber 2014, Kuwait Air­ways agreed to pur­chase 10 Boe­ing 777-300s which it will start re­ceiv­ing in Nov 2016.

Part­ner com­pa­nies

In other news, the Re­gional Busi­ness Cen­ter of Kuwait Air­ways in Dubai held its an­nual cer­e­mony to honor top part­ner com­pa­nies which con­trib­uted to the suc­cess of its cen­ter. The cer­e­mony was held Satur­day night un­der the aus­pices and in the pres­ence of Kuwait’s Con­sulate Gen­eral in Dubai and North­ern States, Diab Al-Rishidi and a num­ber of avi­a­tion of­fi­cials in Kuwait and the United Arab Emi­rates as well as off­i­cals of top world avi­a­tion com­pa­nies.

Re­gional di­rec­tor of the cen­ter in Dubai, Ab­dul­lah Nashmi AlEnezi said in his speech that the cen­ter held this an­nual cer­e­mony to honor top KAC part­ners. He added that KAC, through its re­gional busi­ness cen­ter, pro­vides a wide-range of engi­neer­ing ser­vices, air­craft main­te­nance, con­sult­ing, train­ing and work­shops for KAC employees and cus­tomers in out­sta­tions.

KUWAIT: ‘Al-Jahra’ Air­bus A330-200 air­craft re­ceived at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port. —KUNA

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