KUWAIT CITY, Dec 10, (KUNA): Kuwait Airways Corporation pointed out that the long-haul “Failaka” B777-300ER plane which joined its fleet today would start commercial service shortly after brief tests and pilot flights.
It noted that Failaka plane is one of 10 contracted upon with the US aircraft maker Boeing, the delivery of the remaining nine aircraft would complete by the last quarter of 2017 as per the KAC transformation and fleet overhauling plan, which was announced September 2015. The 777-300ER is the most fuel, cost-efficient and most reliable twin-aisle aircraft in the world. The flagship of the world’s elite airlines, the 777-300ER carries 386 passengers in a standard three-class configuration up to 7,825 nautical miles (14,490 kms), on nonstop routes.
The new plane would be operated on the Kuwait- London route, the KAC stated. The new plane would boost the efficiency of Kuwait Airways and help it added new routes and destinations. The Kuwait Airways planes currently fly to 37 destinations, in the Middle East, Near East, Europe, and North America.
The fleet overhaul, the KAC is expected to boost its operation growth to serve three million passengers annually. Kuwait Airways’ fleet comprises 22 planes: Five Airbus A330-200; seven Airbus A320-200s; three Airbus A320-200; four Airbus A340- 300; two Boeing B777-200; and one Boeing B747-400. Kuwait Airways signed in February 2014 a final agreement with European plane maker Airbus to lease 12 Airbus A320 jets and buy 25 aircraft including 10 A350- 900 and 15 A320neo Family aircraft as part of the airlines’ fleet renewal strategy, their delivery would start in 2018 and end by 2022.
Speaking to KUNA on the sidelines of the Kuwait Airways Corporation’s celebration on the delivery of its first Boeing 777-300ER plane, US Ambassador to Kuwait Lawrence Silverman stated that there is a remarkable growth in the economic and commercial cooperation between the United States and Kuwait. He described the delivery of the new Boeing plane to Kuwait Airways as a new American hallmark on KAC’s transformation and upgrading process.
KAC’s new Boeing plane is a symbol of the modernized Kuwait, he said. Silverman added that the partnership between KAC and Boeing would help KAC increase its destinations and create new opportunities between the two countries. He spoke highly about the decades-long Kuwaiti relations, hoping the recently held strategic dialogue would open horizons for economic and investment cooperation between the two friendly countries.