Kuwait Air­ways wel­comes first of 10 Boe­ing 777-300ER air­craft at air­port

Na­tional car­rier takes de­liv­ery of ‘Ex­tended Range’ air­craft

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

KUWAIT:

Kuwait Air­ways, the of­fi­cial na­tional car­rier of the State of Kuwait, yes­ter­day con­firmed that the first of 10 or­dered Boe­ing 777-300ER air­craft has ar­rived in Kuwait, land­ing at Kuwait In­ter­na­tional Air­port at 3pm lo­cal time.

Fol­low­ing on from the air­craft’s re­veal in October, at Boe­ing’s fac­tory in Everett, near Seat­tle; the air­craft, sport­ing the new liv­ery and brand­ing of Kuwait’s of­fi­cial na­tional car­rier, was pro­vided a wa­ter canon salute and wel­comed by a del­e­ga­tion from the air­line, headed by Rasha Al Roumi, Chair­per­son & CEO, and Kamil Al Awadhi, Deputy CEO. Dig­ni­taries also present in­cluded, Kuwaiti Min­is­ter of State for Hous­ing Af­fairs, Yasser Has­san Abul; US Am­bas­sador to Kuwait, Lawrence R. Silverman; and Pres­i­dent of the DGCA, Sheikh Mubarak Salim Al Sabah, as well as other se­nior of­fi­cials.

Ar­riv­ing as a non-com­mer­cial, non-stop flight from Boe­ing’s fac­tory to Kuwait, the Boe­ing 777-300ER will now un­dergo some re­gional flight tests, be­fore en­ter­ing full com­mer­cial ser­vice within weeks. It is un­der­stood that the air­craft’s maiden com­mer­cial flight and route will be to Lon­don, al­though the ex­act dates will be re­vealed in a later an­nounce­ment.

The de­liv­ery of the Boe­ing 777-300ER, bear­ing the air­line’s new look liv­ery, rep­re­sents an­other positive step for­ward for the Ara­bian Gulf-based air­line, in sup­port of its pre­vi­ously an­nounced five-year trans­for­ma­tion strategy, in Septem­ber this year. The essence of the plan be­ing: To re­store pride in the Gulf re­gion’s long­est serv­ing, one-state air­line, and re­assert its pioneering legacy in the re­gional avi­a­tion sec­tor.

In the medium to long-term, the trans­for­ma­tion strategy also in­cludes the ad­di­tion of 10 A350 and 15 A320­neo air­craft; with a num­ber of the lat­ter al­ready hav­ing en­tered ser­vice with the air­line. In the short term, the ac­qui­si­tion of the 10 Boe­ing 777-300ER air­craft will play an im­me­di­ate role in en­hanc­ing the in­flight ex­pe­ri­ence for pas­sen­gers. It will also take the air­line’s op­er­a­tional ca­pac­ity to new lev­els, on key routes within the of­fi­cial na­tional car­rier’s cur­rent num­ber of 37 in­ter­na­tional des­ti­na­tions.

Ul­ti­mately, the “ER” or “ex­tended range” el­e­ment of these air­craft will al­low Kuwait Air­ways to ex­plore the pos­si­bil­i­ties of adding more long-haul routes to its net­work, in the fu­ture; fur­ther sup­port­ing the air­line’s am­bi­tions to grow the num­ber of des­ti­na­tions it serves.

“As part of Kuwait Air­ways’ five-year trans­for­ma­tion strategy, we are pleased to wel­come the ar­rival of the first of 10 Boe­ing 777300ER air­craft into our fleet,” said Rasha Al Roumi, Chair­per­son and CEO of Kuwait Air­ways.

“Such ac­qui­si­tions will be in­stru­men­tal in the air­line’s fu­ture growth plans and to­day’s de­liv­ery rep­re­sents one of the first steps to­wards achiev­ing our stated aim of hav­ing the youngest com­mer­cial air­line fleet in the world, by 2021.”

Ac­cord­ing to the air­line’s se­nior man­age­ment, the trans­for­ma­tion tak­ing place across the air­line is not lim­ited to just “cos­metic” or “prod­uct” (air­craft) changes; it is de­scribed as a com­pre­hen­sive ap­proach that seeks to de­liver on all ar­eas of “op­er­a­tional, com­mer­cial and ser­vice ex­cel­lence.”

Of­fi­cials pic­tured at the cer­e­mony.

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