UPDATE 21 FEBRUARY 2014: Kuwait Airways has firmed up the planned by of ten A350-900 and fifteen A320neo Family aircraft, after manufacturer Airbus announced the plans on 9 December 2013.
Kuwait Airways acting Chairman Mr Jassar Al Jassar: “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.”
The A320neo is offered as an option for the A320 Family and incorporates new more efficient engines and large Sharklet wing tip devices, which together will deliver up to 15 percent in fuel savings. At the end of November 2013, firm orders for the NEO stood at 2,523 from 45 customers, making it the fastest selling commercial airliner ever.
The A350 XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) is an all-new mid-size long range product line comprising three versions. 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 percent step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category. Scheduled for entry-into-service in 2014, the A350 XWB has already won 814 firm orders from 39 customers worldwide.
Kuwait Airways already operates three A320, three A310, five A300 and four A340 Family aircraft.