Kuwait Airways, the national airline of Kuwait, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to order 10 Airbus A350-900 widebodies and 15 Airbus A320neo-family aircraft.
The order which is expected to result from the MOU is part of Kuwait Airways’ fleet-renewal strategy, according to Airbus. The carrier already operates three A320s, three A310s, five A300s and four A340-family aircraft.
“The Airbus Family is the ideal choice for an airline like ours,” says Jassar Al Jassar, Kuwait Airways’ acting chairman. “The A350-900 will strengthen our long haul route development whilst the A320neo will further boost our regional route network. These aircraft are an essential part of our ambitious growth plans.”
Airbus offers the A320neo as an option for the A320 family. The Airbus A320neo family incorporates new, more efficient engines and Sharklet wing-tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 per cent in fuel savings compared with existing A320-family jets.
At the end of November 2013, firm orders for the Airbus A320neo family stood at 2,523 aircraft from 45 customers, which Airbus says making the A320neo family the fastest-selling commercial airliner ever.
The Airbus A350 XWB is a new, mid-size long-range, widebody aircraft line with three versions ‒ the (to date) low-selling A350-800, the very high-selling A350-900 and the Boeing 777-300ER-size A350-1000, which is gradually building a solid order base and will be the last of the three versions to enter service.
The new family, whose fuselage cross-section is optimized to accommodate Airbus’ 18-inch economy seat-width for long-range passenger comfort, will also bring a 25 per cent improvement in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, according to Airbus.
Scheduled for entry into service in 2014 in the form of the high-selling A350-900, the Airbus A350 XWB family has already won firm orders for 814 aircraft from 39 customers worldwide, not including Kuwait Airways’ planned purchase.