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FORMED AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1954. NATIONAL AIRLINE. FORMERLY "KUWAIT NATIONAL AIRWAYS." SCHEDULED & CHARTER, REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
KUWAIT INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
PO BOX 394
13004 SAFAT, KUWAIT CITY, STATE OF KUWAIT
The State of Kuwait was established in 1961, covers an area of 17,818 sq km, its population is 2.3 million, its capital city is Kuwait City and its official language is Arabic. In recent years, it has rebuilt its infrastructure and is rebuilding its economy. Of the regions nations, only Kuwait denies voting rights to its women.
FEBRUARY 1991: IN GULF WAR (IRAQ DESTROYED KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW)'S AIRLINE PREMISES, & STOLE 1 727, 2 767-200ER'S, 3 A300-600'S, 5 A310-200'S, 4 B AE 125'S, 4 GULFSTREAM III'S), 2 767-200ER'S, 2 A300-600'S, 1 B AE 125, & 2 GULFSTREAM III'S WERE DESTROYED. PLACED ORDERS FOR 5 A300-600R'S, 3 A310-300'S, & 3 A320-200'S. RECOVERED THE 727-269.
FEBRUARY 1993: 1992 = +$20 MILLION (+$18 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
GULF AIR (GUL) OWNS 20% JET AIRWAYS (JPL), & KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) OWNS 20% (JPL), & 49% SHOROUK AIR (SHO).
DECEMBER 1994: 747-400C (CF6-80C2B1F) DELIVERY.
MARCH 1995: 1ST A340-300 (CFM56-5C4, 34,000 LB THRUST), 272 PASSENGER (PAX), 3 CLASS, DELIVERY. TO PHASE OUT 747-200 AIRPLANES.
MAY 1995: 2ND A340-300 DELIVERY.
JULY 1995: 2 707 CARGO AIRPLANES LEASED FROM TRANS MEDITERRANEAN AIRWAYS (TMA). 2 747-200'S SOLD IN EARLY 1995 TO KITTY HAWK INTERNATIONAL (CKF), FOR CONVERSION TO FREIGHTERS. REMAINING 767-200ER LEASED TO BIRGENAIR (BIR). CANCELLED 2 ORDERS 747-400BC.
APRIL 1996: WET-LEASED 2 747-200'S TO GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA) FOR HAJ, FOR 7 WEEKS. EGYPTAIR (EGP) LEASED AN A300-600, TO KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) FOR THE HADJ.
JUNE 1996: KUWAIT MILITARY ARE TRYING OUT A MD-80, WHICH MAY BE TRANSFERRED TO KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW).
JULY 1996: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1995 = -$100 MILLION (NET LOSS).
SWITCHED 2 ORDERS 747-400 COMBIS, TO 2/1 ORDERS (1998-03) 777-200'S (IGW) (GE90-90B).
SEPTEMBER 1996: KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) BLAMES HIGH TECHNICAL DELAY RATE OF 747 TO LACK OF ATTENTION TO DETAILS IN LINE MAINTENANCE.
OCTOBER 1996: MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENT IS DISPLEASED WITH AIRBUS FLEET, DUE TO EXCESSIVE FUEL LEAKS (ESPECIALLY IN HORIZONTAL STABILIZER WHICH IS DIFFICULT TO REPAIR), AND BECAUSE OF HIGH COST, AND LOW AVAILABILITY OF REPLACEMENT PARTS.
A AL-IBRAHIM, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL ENGINEERING AFFAIRS, RETIRED, & REPLACED BY AHMED A AL-ZABIN. AHMED F AL-ZABIN, DIRECTOR GENERAL, WILL ALSO BE ACTING DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.
DECEMBER 1996: LEASED A300C4-600 (JT9D-7R4H1) (344) TO MERPATI NUSANTARA (PNM).
MAY 1997: MESHARI AHMED AL ADWANI, SEATTLE 777 REPRESENTATIVE.
1 727, AND 1 DC-9, FOR SALE. A300 LEASED TO MERPATI NUSANTARA (PNM). 2 747-200'S LEASED TO GARUDA INDONESIA (GIA), FOR HADJ.
JUNE 1997: PILOT'S STRIKE.
JULY 1997: 4,760 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,211 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 373 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
RESUMED ROUTE TO AMMAN.
SEPTEMBER 1997: EXPECTS FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1996 = -$34.5 MILLION.
TO SELL ITS $13.2 STAKE IN JET AIRWAYS (JPL), BY NEXT MONTH.
DC-8-62F (46153), AIR TRANSPORT INTERNATIONAL (TIN) WET-LEASED.
OCTOBER 1997: 4,760 EMPLOYEES.
DECEMBER 1997: TO ROME (FIUMICINO) TO AMSTERDAM (A310-300).
CONSIDERING EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FOR MD-83 (VIP).
MOHAMED ABDULMOHSIN AL KHARAFI, KUWAIT, ORDERED 1 A319CJ (V2527) BUSINESS JET.
767-200ER (JT9D-7R4E4) (23280), LEASED TO BIRGINAIR (BIR), MIGHT BE BOUGHT BY (BIR).
MARCH 1998: LACK OF OPENINGS IN EUROPEAN REPAIR STATIONS, LED TO 747-200 (9K-ADB), GOING TO (AMECO) (BEJ) FOR "C" MAINTENANCE CHECK.
APRIL 1998: ABDUL WAHAB BOUDAY, ENGINEERING DIRECTOR (ACTING) REPLACES A AL-ZABIN.
4,760 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,211 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 373 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).
1ST 777-200 DELIVERY (2ND IN JUNE 1998).
MAY 1998: TAKING STEPS FOR PRIVATIZATION. GOVERNMENT SELLING 60% (50% TO PUBLIC, 10% TO EMPLOYEES).
2 747'S FOR SALE. 8 ORDERS 777-300'S.
JUNE 1998: 2ND 777-200 (IGW) (GE90-90B) DELIVERY.
AUGUST 1998: TO REDUCE EMPLOYMENT BY 800.
RAISES TICKET PRICES BY +35%.
OCTOBER 1998: TECHNICAL SECTION, UNDER AHMED AL-ZABIN, STARTS TOTAL QUALITY MANAGEMENT (TQM).
LONDON TO NEW YORK (JFK) (777-200).
FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = -$7.6 MILLION (-$21 MILLION).
1 A310, LEASED TO ROYAL JORDANIAN FOR 2 YEARS. 2 747-200'S REMOVED FROM SERVICE, FOR SALE.
DECEMBER 1998: CODE SHARE IN APRIL 1999 WITH (TWA), FROM NEW YORK (JFK), LOS ANGELES (LAX), SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), ST LOUIS, WASHINGTON REAGAN, CHICAGO (ORD), TO KUWAIT CITY, MUSCAT OMAN AND DUBAI.
DC-8-62F (45910, N181SK), EXPRESS.NET AIRLINES (TCN) WET-LEASED.
FEBRUARY 1999: PLANS FOR (ETOPS) TO NEW YORK (JFK), WILL REQUIRE CREW REST INSTALLATION (777). DC-8-62F (45910), RETURNED TO EXPRESS.NET AIRLINES (TCN).
MARCH 1999: SELLS 727-269 (22359) TO WEB AERONAUTICAL FOR MIAMI HEAT (NBA) BASKETBALL TEAM. POSSIBLE SALE OF 747-269 TO ARIANA AFGHAN AIRLINES (AFG), FOR SERVICE TO EUROPE, AIR FRANCE (AFA) MAINTENANCE.
APRIL 1999: 4,760 EMPLOYEES. SITA: KWIZZKU.
747-269B (SCD) (22740, 9K-ADD), NEGOTIATIONS FOR SALE TO ARIANA AFGHAN AIRLINES (AFG).
MAY 1999: MD-83 (VIP) IS FOR SALE. KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) INTENDS TO REPLACE IT WITH AN A310, (VIP) CONFIGURATION. A340-313 (101, 9K-ANC) RETURNED FROM SAUDI (SVA).
JUNE 1999: PLANS TO INCREASE OUTSOURCING OF COMPONENT MAINTENANCE, AND REDUCE EXPAT WORKFORCE.
(DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH (TWA), FROM KUWAIT, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (UAE) & OMAN, TO USA.
TO AUCTION 1 727, & 1 MD-83 (VIP). 747-200 WILL BE SOLD, & POSSIBLY LEASED TO AFGHAN AIRLINES (AFG). INTEREST SHOWN IN ACQUIRING A330'S. 727 SOLD FOR $5 MILLION AND MD-83 (VIP), FOR $18 MILLION.
SEPTEMBER 1999: SALE OF 747 TO (AFG) DID NOT GO THROUGH, DUE TO USA EMBARGO.
OCTOBER 1999: AHMED F AL-ZABIN, CHAIRMAN REPLACES AHMED MISHARI. POSSIBLE REPLACEMENT OF A300-310 FLEET WITH 767-400ER.
NOVEMBER 1999: SHEIKH TALAL MUBARAK AL-ABDULLAH AL-SABAH, DIRECTOR GENERAL.
DECEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH (TWA), TO NEW YORK (JFK) & ONTO ST LOUIS, LOS ANGELES (LAX) AND SAN FRANCISCO (SFO).
FEBRUARY 2000: AHMED AL-ZABIN, CHAIRMAN RESIGNS TO HEAD A SUBSIDIARY, DEALING IN AIRPLANE SALES AND LEASES.
MARCH 2000: USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S ORLANDO, AS CO-TERMINAL POINT, FOR KUWAIT TO FRANKFURT TO NEW YORK & CODE SHARE WITH (TWA), NEW YORK TO ORLANDO.
727-269 (22359) SOLD TO WILMINGTON TRUST (WBT).
APRIL 2000: 4,760 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 1,211 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 373 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT).
NOVEMBER 2000: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1999 = +$77.2 MILLION (1ST +VE SINCE 1991).
JANUARY 2001: OBTAINS HIGHER SPEED CIRCUITS, FOR BETTER ACCESS TO myboeingfleet.com. ALSO USING PMA CD-ROM.
MARCH 2001: IN JUNE, TO FRANKFURT TO AMSTERDAM (777, WEEKLY). WILL TEST OPERATIONS TO NEW YORK (JFK) WITH A340. CALCULATIONS SHOW 777 WOULD MAKE MORE MONEY, BUT KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) ONLY HAS THE REQUIRED CREW REST FACILITY ON ITS A340 AIRPLANES.
APRIL 2001: SULAIMAN AL-JABER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, MAINTENANCE & OVERHAUL. SULAIMAN AL-MUFARRAH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING PLANNING & MATERIALS. ABDULLAH AL-SANDI, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING SERVICES. HAMOUD AL-BALOUL, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING PLANNING. MOHAMMED AL-HABESHI, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING WORKSHOPS.
JUNE 2001: KUWAIT AIRWAYS (KUW) AFFILIATE, AUTOMATED SYSTEMS, & PERSONAL COMPUTER SALES (ASC) FOR 2000 = +$5.47 MILLION (+20%).
SEPTEMBER 2001: RECEIVES APPROVALS FOR FLIGHTS FROM KUWAIT TO KOCHI, IN SOUTHERN INDIA (3X-WEEKLY).
PROMOTES ITS HOME BASE, AS THE ARAB CULTURAL CAPITAL.
OCTOBER 2001: TO ASSUIT, 1 OF MOST IMPORTANT CITIES IN UPPER EGYPT.
DECEMBER 2001: NEXT MONTH, NONSTOP TO KOCHI.
MARCH 2002: MEETING WITH GULF AIR (GUL) TO DISCUSS TECHNICAL COOPERATION.
APRIL 2002: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 2001 = -35.7 MILLION DINARS (-21.7 MILLION DINARS).
ALSALAM AIRCRAFT COMPANY, COMPLETES AVIONICS MODIFICATION, AND CORROSION PREVENTION & CONTROL PROGRAM (CPCP) INSPECTIONS ON 747-200.
August 2002: $3.3 Billion expansion of the Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Fujairah airports, in the (UAE), Kuwait's Airspace System, and a new terminal at the International Airport in Muscat.
Seasonal service to Varna.
Captain El Moiz Aziq, Manager Flight Safety Assurance (KWIOEKU).
September 2002: Has been awarded $56.1 Million in compensation by the United Nation's Compensation Commission (UNCC), set up by the Security Council, after the 1991 Gulf War. (KUW) expects to receive another $100 Million, in compensation funds, along with accrued interest, next month.
December 2002: To Male (Maldives) (2/week).
February 2003: 747-269BC (SCD) (JT9D-7J) (553-22740, /82 49 13, 9K-ADD), to Ariana Afghan Airways (AFG), 32F, 24C, 322Y.
April 2003: 4,187 employees (including 289 Flight Crew (FC), 1,018 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 777 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
July 2003: 2002 Fiscal Year (FY) = -107.18 Million (-$111.89 Million): 6.56 Billion (RPK) traffic (+7.3%); +7.3% (ASK) capacity; 68.8% LF load factor; 2.26 Million passengers (PAX) (+6.6%); 253.01 Million (FTK) freight traffic (+13.8%); 4,187 employees (-3.7%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC RPK (Billion):
83 (IND) 7.55; 84 (OLY) 7.55; 85 (ACH) 7.50; 86 (SBR) 7.48; 87 (MTH) 7.09; 88 (KUW) 6.71; 89 (VIE) 6.60; 90 (SPR) 6.57; 91 (BMA) 6.56; 92 (LNK) 6.41; 93 (RAM) 6.38; 94 (BTA) 6.36; 95 (QTA) 6.20; 96 (COI) 5.96; 97 (EGF) 5.94; 98 (LOT) 5.87; 99 (FRO) 5.49; 100 (WJI) 5.49.
In October 2003, Kuwait - Male (MALDIVES) (2/week).
August 2003: 4,760 employees. SITA: KWIZZKU.
January 2004: Contracted with Emirates (EAD) Info Technology (IT) division to implement a twin reservations and check-in systems Mercator Airline Reservation System and Mercator Airport Control System.
A320-212 (2046, 9K-AKD) delivery.
March 2004: Ahmad al-Zaben tendered his resignation, citing a lack of govt support.
June 2004: Fiscal Year (FY) 2003 = - KWD 28.96 Million/-$112.93 Million (-$115.44 Million).
July 2004: Implemented Mercator's MARS Airline Reservation System and MACS Airport Control System.
October 2004: Next month, Kuwait - Geneva - Chicago (2/week).
November 2004: Has urged the Kuwaiti parliament to quickly approve state plans to settle KWD 211 Million/$700 Million of its losses, saying this will help bring it back to profit. Saddled with debt since the 1990 - 1991 Gulf War, it is also struggling to pay back $1.6 Billion in loans despite a cost-cutting drive.
May 2005: As the national carrier, Kuwait Airways (KUW) operates international, scheduled, jet airplane services throughout the Middle East, and to Europe, the Far East, and North America.
4,291 employees (including 292 Flight Crew (FC); 1,112 Cabin Attendants; & 466 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).
(IATA) Code: KU - 229. (ICAO) Code: KAC (Callsign - KUWAITI).
(firstname.lastname@example.org). SITA: KWIZZKU.
Parent organization/shareholders: Kuwait government (100%).
Owns: Shorouk Air (SHO) (49%).
Alliances: Air-India (AIN); Merpati Nusantara (PNM); Olympic Airlines (OLY); & Ukraine International Airlines (UKR).
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abu Dhabi; Alexandria; Amman; Amsterdam; Assiut; Bahrain; Bangkok; Beirut; Cairo; Chennai; Chicago; Colombo; Damascus; Dammam; Delhi; Dhaka; Doha; Dubai; Frankfurt; Geneva; Islamabad; Jakarta; Jeddah; Kochi; Lahore; London; Luxor; Manila; Mumbai; Muscat; New York; Paris; Riyadh; Rome; Sharm el Sheikh; Tehran; & Thiruvananthapuram.
June 2005: 2004 = 7.29B RPK (+15.4%) (passenger traffic); +11.9% ASK (capacity); 71.3% LF (+3.2) (load factor).
August 2005: 5,629 employees (-1.6%).
November 2005: Kuwait Airways (KUW) recorded an operating profit of +KWD3 million/+$10.2 million) for the half-year ended Sept 30, according to Reuters. Chairman Sheikh Talal Mubarak al Sabah said the figure would have risen to +KWD12.2 million if not for the jump in fuel costs.
January 2006: Hitit Computer Services' Crane Frequent Flyer software was chosen by Carlson Marketing Group for Virgin Blue (VOZ)'s new loyalty program Velocity. Turkish Airlines (THY), Icelandair (ICE) and Kuwait Airways (KUW) also use Crane.
April 2006: Lufthansa Technik (LTK) said Kuwait Airways (KUW) is the launch customer for its newly developed and certified stretcher designed specifically to transport patients onboard airplanes.
May 2006: Kuwait Airways (KUW) and Jazeera Airways (JZI) signed an 18-month maintenance agreement covering a range of maintenance checks and work on Jazeera (JZI)'s A320 fleet.
June 2006: Kuwait Airways (KUW) reported a loss of -KWD23.8 million/-$82 million for the year ended March 31, narrowed more than -40% from a -KWD39.9 million loss in the 2004 - 2005 financial year, the state Kuwait News Agency reported. Revenues rose +14.1% to KDW250.8 million, while expenses climbed +5.9% to KDW274.7 million driven by increasing fuel and maintenance costs, the airline said. Chairman, Sheikh Talal Mubarak Abdullah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah said that the carrier's status as a state-owned enterprise does not afford it the flexibility to adapt quickly to changes in the industry. "We are doing our best in spite of the local and international obstacles we are facing," he said.
Kuwait Airways (KUW) has lost money in 15 of the past 16 years, the only exception being Fiscal Year (FY) 2000, when it reported a profit of approximately +KWD23 million owing to compensation from Iraq, the Middle East Times reported. It operates a mixed fleet of 15 Airbus airplanes plus two 777s.
India and Kuwait agreed to increase airline seats per week from Kuwait by 1,300. Kuwait Airways (KUW) will maintain its current 5,200 weekly seats, while Jazeera Airways (JZI) will operate the added 1,300. The expansion is part of a broader agreement expected to be finalized during bilateral talks scheduled for next month.
September 2006: Kuwait Airways (KUW) will inaugurate nonstop service from Kuwait to Ahmedabad (India) on October 28th. The airline will operate 3 flights a week departing Kuwait on Mondays, Thursdays & Saturdays, and Ahmedabad on Tuesdays, Fridays, & Sundays and operated with an A320.
November 2006: (IATA) Director General, Giovanni Bisignani warned airlines and governments in the Middle East not to "lose the plot on cost-efficiency" and to "differentiate growth and profitability" in an address to the Arab Air Carriers Organization Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Kuwait.
Bisignani recognized the "emerging and impressive success story" of Arab carriers with their double-digit growth in the past four years and year-to-date increases of +17% in cargo traffic and +15% in passenger traffic. "Both are about three times the global average," he said, while noting that the $38 billion list of major airport projects is "leading the industry" and that airlines are investing significantly to keep pace with $60 billion in orders for 350 airplanes.
"Growth is not a guarantee for profitability," he warned. "Running four enormous hubs in a small geographic area such as the Gulf will be a challenge. Look at Southeast Asia: Singapore, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur have world-class hubs. Two are working to meet growing demand and one is struggling to attract traffic. This is with a regional market of 3.5 billion people. The whole Middle East/North Africa (MENA) population is only 380 million. The critical question is, how do we make sure your emerging success story has a happy ending?"
Bisignani called on the Middle East and North Africa to up their participation in three of (IATA)'s main initiatives: Safety, Simplifying the Business, and liberalization. There still are 10 (IATA) carriers in the region who have not started the (IOSA) certification process, including four (AACO) members. Kuwait Airways (KUW) earned its certificate this month. The (AGM) adopted a resolution making (IOSA) certification conditional to membership from 2008.
Regarding (IATA)'s effort to achieve 100% e-ticketing by the end of 2007, Bisignani said: "We will surpass our 70% global target for this year. The Middle East/North Africa, however, is dead last at 13%." Some carriers have yet to issue a single e-ticket while Emirates (EAD)and Oman Air (OMR) have 59% and 46% penetration, respectively. "I am ringing the alarm bell, not raising the white flag. Look at what happened in China. E-ticketing (ET) went from 11% in 2005, to 80% in a year. They went from nearly last to first, so there is no reason why Arab carriers can't achieve the same. But the clock is ticking and only 405 days remain until the deadline. (ET) penetration must increase by over +6% per month."
January 2007: Kuwait Airways (KUW) and Alitalia (ALI) will codeshare on (KUW)'s thrice-weekly service to Rome Fiumicino, effective January 14th.
Kuwait Airways (KUW) launched a booking and e-ticket facility on its website.
February 2007: Kuwait Airways (KUW) is preparing for a major fleet renewal. According to the Arab Air Carriers Organization, (KUW) is negotiating with both Airbus and Boeing to buy up to 34 airplanes and expects formal proposals from the manufacturers in the next few weeks. It currently operates three A320s, two A310-300s, five A300-600s, four A340-300s and two 777-200s.
May 2007: Kuwait Airways (KUW) will fly to Casablanca June 26 to October 27, and Malaga July 1 to September 2. Frequency was not announced.
June 2007: Starts Kuwait - Casablanca, using A310-300s. Starting July 1st, Kuwait - Malaga, using A300-600s.
July 2007: ALAFCO (AVF) announces 10 orders 787 Dreamliners. ALAFCO (AVF) said its order for 10 is worth $1.62 billion at list prices and builds on its order for 12 announced in the spring. Those airplanes have been placed with Kuwait Airways (KUW). "We have decided to move quickly on acquiring additional 787s as we see continued strong market demand," Chairman & CEO, Ahmad Alzabin said.
August 2007: Kuwait Airways (KUW)'s lease deal with ALAFCO (AVF) for 12 787s and seven A320s, worth a reported $3 billion, has been canceled because the airline was unable to secure government approval, the lessor said in a filing with the Kuwait Stock Exchange cited by numerous press reports. "ALAFCO (AVF) received a letter from Kuwait Airways (KUW) saying it has not obtained the necessary government approval to sign a final deal," the lessor said, adding that "the letter of intent (LOI) signed with Kuwait Airways (KUW) for the supply of 19 airplanes is considered cancelled." The airplanes were scheduled for delivery in the 2009 to 2014 period.
January 2008: The Kuwaiti government approved the sale of 40% of Kuwait Airways (KUW) in a domestic public placement and another 35% to a long-term investor within two years, according to press reports. The government will hold 20%, with workers taking the remaining 5%. The head of the parliament's financial committee told reporters that (KUW) will place an airplane order, following the privatization, according to "Reuters."
February 2008: The Kuwaiti government accepted the resignation of Kuwait Airways (KUW)'s board, which made the move following the government's cancellation of a 19-airplane order with ALAFCO (AVF), according to press reports.
April 2008: Kuwait Airways (KUW) said it plans to lease up to eight airplanes after receiving "verbal approval" from the government to lease six new airplanes from October until the end of 2009, and negotiate the lease of an additional two for the upcoming summer season, the Arab Air Carriers Organization announced. The airline is considering new routes to Canada, Australia, Japan, and South Africa.
June 2008: Amadeus reached 10-year agreements with 12 Arab Air Carriers Org-affiliated airlines for distribution activities in their home markets. Six members, who have partnered with Amadeus for the past seven years, will be joined by another six, when their current distribution agreements expire at year end. Accounting for 66% of the reservations made by travel agencies in the (MENA) region, the 12 airlines are Air Algerie (ALG), Afriqiyah Airways (AQY), EgyptAir (EGP), Etihad Airways (EHD), Kuwait Airways (KUW), Libyan Airlines (LAA), Qatar Airways (QTA), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA), Sudan Airways (SUD), Syrian Arab Airlines (SYR), Tunisair (TUN), and Yemen Airways (YEM).
July 2008: The Kuwait parliament gave final approval to the privatization plans of Kuwait Airways (KUW). The state plans to sell 40% of the carrier to the public and 35% to a long-term investor within two years. The airline, which operates 17 airplanes, is expected to be privatized within 10 months.
September 2008: The Kuwaiti government won an order in Quebec Superior Court allowing it to seize Iraq's stake in a fleet of 10 CRJ-900s ordered in March, according to the "The Gazette" of Montreal. Bombardier's initial contract with Iraqi Airways (IRQ), which is state-owned, was valued at $239 million. In April, (IRQ) converted six options, bringing the order's value to $498 million. The first airplane was scheduled to be delivered next month. The legal maneuvering is part of an ongoing effort by Kuwait Airways (KUW) to gain reparations for airplanes destroyed when Iraq invaded and occupied Kuwait during the 1990 - 1991 Gulf War.
October 2009: Kuwait Airways (KUW) will start twice weekly flights to Chittagong, Bangladesh, later this month.
November 2009: (GE) announced that Kuwait Airways (KUW) selected (GE) Sensing & Inspection Technologies' XL Go video borescope for its remote visual inspection needs.
August 2010: Kuwait hired a number of advisors including the aviation consulting firm, Seabury to help privatize its national airline Kuwait Airways (KUW).
December 2010: Kuwait Airways (KUW) has grounded its fleet of five A300s to conduct an inspection of the jets. (KUW) did not specify what prompted the suspension, other than that Airbus (EDS) had asked (KUW) to conduct a check-up on its A300 planes after Kuwait Airways (KUW) “submitted notes” to the manufacturer (EDS).
“The procedure has resulted in delaying some flights until the check-up is done and the A300s are back to flying,” Adel Broslay, (KUW)’s Director Public Relations (PR) & Media, said in a statement.
Broslay said (KUW), which has a fleet of 17 planes, could lease airplanes if the maintenance works were delayed.
January 2011: According to "Reuters," (Kuwait Airways (KUW) will be privatized by the end of March, the Chairman of the Gulf Arab Carrier Association was quoted as saying. Hamad al-Falah told Arabic language daily "An Nahar" that “the transformation procedures are in the final stages.” Last August, (KUW) appointed Citigroup Inc, Ernst & Young and aviation services firm Seabury to handle the privatization of the national carrier (KUW).
Kuwait’s parliament approved a plan in 2008 to privatise loss-making Kuwait Airways
Corp. Under the plan, the government will sell 40 percent of the flag carrier to the public and 35 percent to a long-term investor.
The airline has a fleet of 17 planes.
Falah also told the newspaper that its fleet of five Airbus A300 jets, grounded last month for inspection, were back in service.
June 2011: Kuwait Airways (KUW)'s fiscal year ending in March resulted in a net deficit of -$275 million. Locally, competing carriers Wataniya Airways (WYA) ceased operations and Low Cost Carrier (LCC) Jazeera Airways (JZI) reduced capacity.
August 2011: The Kuwaiti government launched the privatization of struggling flag carrier Kuwait Airways (KUW), putting up for sale 35% of (KUW)'s KWD220 million/$806.8 million share capital.
The 35% stake in the new Kuwait Airways Company (KACNew) is not open to "Kuwaiti domiciled airline operators," the Privatization Committee of Kuwait Airways (PrivComm) said in a statement, detailing that only joint-stock companies listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange or "specialized international companies" are eligible to participate in the sale. Candidates have until August 25 to submit their expression of interest.
According to PrivComm, the "holistic transformation of (KUW) provides a compelling investment opportunity supported by solid economic and market dynamics and the extension of attractive rights and benefits provided by the government of Kuwait. (KUW)'s turnaround potential is underpinned by a business plan that factors in the company's market opportunities and privileges and demonstrates its ability to operate as a profitable standalone airline."
It did not specify the "attractive" rights and benefits, but according to the "Financial Times," these include a seven-year, 10% discount on fuel (on top of an existing, indefinite 10% discount offered to all airlines operating out of Kuwait), exclusive government business for seven years, and a five-year concession to provide ground services such as catering and passenger and cargo handling at Kuwait International Airport.
PrivComm said that the Kuwait Investment Authority will own 20% of KACNew and thus "the airline will retain continuous strategic government support, giving it a competitive edge within the region," it argued.
The financial performance of (KUW) is not made public. It has reportedly lost money consistently for the past two decades and has in recent years faced increasingly tough competition from Gulf carriers such as Emirates (EAD), Etihad Airways (EHD), and Qatar Airways (QTA), regional Low Cost Carriers (LCC)s and other Kuwaiti operators.
In 2004, the government liberalized the market by allowing the launch of carriers including Jazeera Airways (JZI) and Wataniya Airways (WYA) to compete with (KUW). (WYA) ceased operations earlier this year.
May 2012: Kuwait Airways (KUW) could potentially be privatized over the next three years, after the Kuwaiti government approved a first draft for a law amendment that would allow for the loss-making national carrier to be sold to private investors.
January 2013: The Kuwaiti government has approved the privatization of Kuwait Airways Corporation. New (KUW) President, Sami Al-Nasef also announced the airline plans a complete renewal of its aging fleet.
According to Kuwaiti state news agency "(KUNA)," the Kuwait National Assembly voted 29-9 to privatize (KUW), with six abstentions. Privatization was mooted in 2008 and there have been several false starts.
The government, which renamed the struggling national carrier Kuwait Airways Company, will cover (KUW)’s heavy losses in recent years. Communications Minister, Salem Ol-Othaina told lawmakers on January 23 that over the past four years (KUW) has sustained losses of -$1 billion.
(KUW) has been left behind by other Gulf airlines and its profitable competitor, Jazeera Airways (JZI).
Staff who do not wish to either be part of the new private company or be transferred to another government post can opt for a payoff equivalent to three years’ salary.
(KUW) has largely an elderly fleet, comprising five A300-600s, three A310-300s, three A320-200s, four A340-300s and two 777-200s.
Al-Nasef was quoted by news agency "(AFP)" as saying: “Initially we plan to replace the current old fleet of 17 airplanes. We look to purchase 20 to 21 new airplanes within the next two years, and the process will be gradual.” There would be a 50-50 split between small- and large-capacity types and (KUW) is already in discussions with manufacturers, he said.
Nasef, who became Chairman in November, told members of parliament during the debate that only 10 to 12 airplanes in (KUW)’s fleet are operational and the remainder are undergoing “extended maintenance.”
Kuwait Airways ((IATA) Code: KU, based at Kuwait (KWI)) (KUW) is scheduled to be privatized later this spring after the Kuwaiti parliament has approved a new law required to allow for the privatization to take place. 35% in the state owned carrier are expected to be offered to private companies in Kuwait, 5% to Kuwait Airways (KUW) employees and 40% to Kuwaiti citizens. The government only plans to retain a 20% minority stake in the loss making national carrier.
April 2013: The Defense Security Cooperation Agency notified USA Congress April 16 of a possible Foreign Military Sale to Kuwait for 1 C-17 GLOBEMASTER III airplane and associated equipment, parts, training and logistical support for an estimated cost of $371 million.
The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of 1 C-17 GLOBEMASTER III airplane, 4 Turbofan (F117-PW-100) Engines, 1 AN/AAR-47 Missile Approach Warning System, 1 AN/ALE-47 Countermeasure Dispenser Set (CMDS), secure radios, precision navigation equipment, spare and repair parts, support and test equipment, publications and technical documentation, tactics manuals, personnel training and training equipment, USA Government and contractor engineering, airplane ferry support, airplane fuel, and technical & logistics support services; and related elements of initial and follow-on logistical and program support. The estimated cost is $371 million.
Kuwait continues to be a key ally and strong supporter of USA foreign policy and national security goals in the Persian Gulf region. The proposed sale will enhance the United States foreign policy and national security objectives by increasing interoperability among the Kuwait Air Force (KAF), the United States Air Force, Gulf Cooperation Council countries, and other coalition forces. The relationships built upon current flying operations will enhance the US Air Force’s influence and access in Kuwait.
The provision of a second C-17 provides (KAF) a more robust regional airlift and long-range strategic airlift capability. The additional C-17 airplane will allow the (KAF) to better participate in humanitarian support operations. The proposed sale of this equipment and support will not alter the basic military balance in the region.
The prime contractor will be The Boeing Company (TBC) of Chicago, Illinois. There are no known offset agreements proposed in connection with this potential sale.
Implementation of this proposed sale will require multiple USA Government or contractor representatives to travel to Kuwait for a period of (5) five years to establish and maintain operational capability. There will be no adverse impact on USA defense readiness as a result of this proposed sale.
This notice of a potential sale is required by law and does not mean the sale has been concluded.
May 2013: Kuwait Airways (KUW) agrees to buy 15 A320neos, 10 A350s.
July 2013: SpiceJet (ROJ) has denied it is signing a deal with Kuwait Airways (KUW) to sell a 25% stake.
August 2013: Kuwait Airways (KUW) may not have launched many new routes recently, but when it does, it likes to make things interesting. From Kuwait City (KWI) it now serves Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) three times weekly, Sarajevo (SJJ) twice-weekly, and Vienna (VIE) twice-weekly. Two of the three Istanbul flights are non-stop in both directions, but one of them returns via Sarajevo. Both of the Sarajevo flights are served via Istanbul on the outbound flight, but one of the two is non-stop on the return flight. Finally, one of the Vienna flights is served via Istanbul in both directions, but the other operates non-stop on the outbound flight and returns via Frankfurt. Got that? All flights operate between August 7 and September 22, and will be flown using (KUW)’s fleet of 20-year-old 232-seat A300s. Competition on the Istanbul route is provided by both Jazeera Airways (JZI) with three weekly flights, and Turkish Airlines (THY) with daily flights operated by SunExpress (SNS).
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December 2013: Kuwait Airways (KUW) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for 15 Airbus A320neo family airplanes and 10 A350-900s.
The confirmation follows on from comments made in May by Kuwait Airways (KUW) Chairman, Sami al-Nasef, who said at the time (KUW) had “signed a letter of acceptance with Airbus (EDS)” to purchase 25 airplanes.
Kuwait Airways (KUW) currently operates three A320s, three A310s, five A300s and four A340s.
February 2014: Kuwait Airways (KUW) has firmed an order for 25 Airbus (EDS) airplanes, including 10 A350-900s (see attached - - "KUW-A350-900-2014-02") and 15 A320neo family airplanes as part of the airline's fleet renewal strategy.
(KUW) Chairperson, Rasha Al Roumi said, “The A350-900 will strengthen our long-haul route development while the A320neo will further boost our regional route network. These airplanes are an essential part of our ambitious growth plans.”
Kuwait Airlines (KUW) operates three A320 family airplanes, three A310s, five A300s and four A340s.
April 2014: Kuwait Airways (KUW) is to cut -1,000 jobs as part of a restructuring drive. (KUW) is in the midst of a long-running privatization program.
OnAir recently made its presence well known in Africa and the Middle East, announcing new in-flight connectivity packages for SriLankan Airlines (LNK), TAAG Angola (ANG) and Kuwait Airways (KUW). The Switzerland-based connectivity provider is adding Wi-Fi and (GSM) access through its Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir services to (LNK)'s fleet of A330-200s beginning in May. (ANG) will begin line fitting its new fleet of 777-300ERs with Mobile OnAir and Internet OnAir in May as well. (KUW) will begin adding both services to its newly ordered fleet of A330s and A320s in December. (KUW) is the 10th Middle East airline to choose OnAir as its connectivity provider.
August 2014: Kuwait Airways ((IATA) Code: KU, based at Kuwait) (KUW) is planning to acquire ten 777 Family airplanes from Boeing (TBC) as part of its fleet renewal and expansion program. According to insider sources who spoke to the "Kuwait Times" on condition of anonymity, (KUW)'s board of directors has already issued a directive for the purchase and is now in early talks with (TBC).
Interestingly, Boeing (TBC) listed a new order for ten 777-300ERs from an unidentified customer.
Last year, (TBC) dispatched a sales team to the Middle East to convince the Kuwaitis to consider their products, when it emerged they were about to sign a USD3 billion deal with Airbus Industrie (EDS).
Following a parliamentary inquest into the deal and in the wake of much board-room upheaval at the order's make up, (KUW) eventually committed to twenty-five airplanes from Airbus (EDS) including ten A350-900s and fifteen A320neos.
At present, the Kuwaiti national carrier's passenger fleet is made up of five A300-600s, three A310-300s, four A320-200s, four A340-300s, one 747-400(M) and two 777-200ERs.
November 2014: Kuwait Airways (KUW) intends to purchase 10 777-300ERs worth $3.3 billion at current list prices.
December 2014: Kuwait Airways (KUW) has finalized an order for 10 Boeing 777-300ERs, valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.
“Kuwait Airways (KUW) has plans to renew its fleet as well as expand its operations and the 777-300ER is a perfect airplane for our strategy,” Kuwait Airways (KUW) (CEO), Rasha Al Roumi said. “The 777-300ER has already validated its position in terms of high reliability, low operating costs and fuel efficiency. We are looking forward to having the 777-300ER join our fleet.”
June 2015: News Item A-1: Kuwait’s privately owned Jazeera Airways (JZI) is bidding for a stake in government-owned Kuwait Airways (KUW) as part of the privatization process.
(JZI) has formally submitted a letter of intent (LOI) to acquire 35% of Kuwait Airways (KUW), which is being privatized by the government of Kuwait. The 35% stake is the maximum allowed by a single private investor as stipulated under the privatization rules.
Jazeera Airways (JZI) Chairman, Marwan Boodai said: “Today, we launch our bid for the acquisition of 35% of Kuwait Airways (KUW), armed with a vision to grow (KUW) into a leading airline that meets the ambitions of the Kuwaitis and travelers across the world. As witnessed in airline privatization exercises over the last 50 years, we believe an efficiently run (KUW) with a private sector management approach, benefits all stakeholders, especially employees who will be presented with an opportunity to transform and grow the airline into one that travelers seek as a first choice rather than a last resort.”
The privatization of Kuwait Airways (KUW), one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East, will be the first privatization undertaken by the Kuwaiti government that exceeds the three billion dollar mark.
“Ultimately, we are bidding for Kuwait Airways (KUW) because we believe in the Kuwaiti economy and in the talents within the organization,” said Boodai. “We believe (KUW) should operate as an organization that rewards employees for commitment and innovation, and should we succeed in winning the bid, (KUW) employees will be the reason why we succeed in transforming the airline.”
Operating since 2005, Jazeera Airways (JZI) maintains it was the first 100% privately owned airline in the Middle East and remains one of a handful of non-government owned airlines in the region.
News Item A-2: Thales (THL) announced that Kuwait Airways (KUW)’s newest fleet of Airbus A330-200s was fitted with the AVANT in-flight entertainment system.
News Item A-3: Kuwait Airways (KUW) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A330-200, becoming a new operator for the type. The delivery marks a “key milestone towards enhancing our fleet,” (KUW) Chairman, Al Rasha Al Roumi said.
In February 2014, (KUW) announced the lease of 12 Airbus airplanes, including seven A320ceos and five A330-200s, in addition to the purchase of 25 aircraft including 10 A350-900 and 15 A320neo family aircraft.
Kuwait Airways (KUW)’s first A330-200 accommodates a three-class configuration of 17 full-sleeper first-class modules, 30PY very high-comfort business and 165Y latest standard economy seats, a combination that shows a clear attention to comfort and efficiency detailed in the features that also include the latest entertainment systems, and connectivity throughout the cabin.
A320-214 (6538, 9K-AKK "Tashalah"), ex-(F-WWIB) (AWAS) (AWW) leased.
July 2015: Kuwait Airways (KUW) has restarted flights to Munich (MUC) after a 17-year suspension in operations to Germany’s second busiest airport. The 3x-weekly A340 service on the 3,734 km route from Kuwait City (KWI) joins (KUW)’s existing German operations (a 3x-weekly route to Frankfurt. Started on July 16, the route will face no direct competition. (KUW)’s other European destinations outside of Germany are Istanbul, London, Rome, and Vienna.
August 2015: Kuwait Airways (KUW) launched 3x-weekly, Munich - Kuwait City service.
September 2015: Kuwait Airways (KUW) added services to Ahmedabad (AMD), which was last served by (KUW) in October 2008, and Bengaluru (BLR) from its Kuwait City (KWI) hub. While the former will be flown 3x-weekly against competition from Air India (AIN) (2X-weekly), the latter will be operated on 4x-weekly basis and will face no incumbent carriers. Both services began on September 1 and both will be flown by (KUW)’s 130-seat A320s.
October 2015: Kuwait Airways (KUW) started a 3x-weekly, A320 service from Kuwait to Bangalore.
November 2015: A330-243 (1681, 9K-APE "Al Jahra"), ex-(F-WWKH), International AirFinance Corporation leased.
January 2016: Kuwait Airways (KUW) is seeking to double its share of passengers using Kuwait International Airport (KWI).
For years, (KUW), the emirate’s national carrier has lagged badly behind other airlines in the Gulf, with an increasingly archaic fleet that includes Airbus A300-600s and A310-300s. Passenger numbers have trailed off as in-flight standards failed to keep pace with modern standards.
The airline has 20% of passengers using the airport, which it hopes to increase to 40% to 45%, the figure it achieved before it began its decline, recently appointed (CEO), Abdullah Al Sharhan said at the Bahrain International Air Show.
The presence on the static line of a newly delivered Airbus A330 is symbolic of the renaissance of the airline, he added. “We want to show everyone that this is the new Kuwait Airways (KUW). We’re working on transforming the company into a new airline that works … on commercial merits.”
The Kuwait government has financially underwritten the national airline, but Al Sharhan said he wanted to transform it into a financially independent entity.
As well as new aircraft, the airline is putting considerable effort into improving on board service, with a modern in-flight entertainment system and higher-quality food offering.
As part of the drive to improve both its service and finances, it is reviewing all its fifth-freedom sectors. Having already given up its London Heathrow - New York (JFK) sector after a USA ruling that it discriminated against an Israeli passport-holder by refusing to sell him a ticket, it is now looking at Rome - Paris, Frankfurt - Geneva, Bangkok - Manila and Kuala Lumpur - Jakarta sectors.
“Direct services are much better,” he said.
May 2016: Airbus (EDS) beats Boeing (TBC) in $9.1 Billion Kuwaiti fighter jet deal.
November 2016: "Kuwait Airways Plans Path to the Future" by (ATW)
Alan Dron email@example.com, November 7, 2016.
The unveiling of Kuwait Airways (KUW)’s new livery on a Boeing 777 in October was just the physical manifestation of a major change in (KUW), the Arab carrier’s future course, (CCO) Philip Saunders said November 7 on the sidelines of the World Travel Market exhibition in London.
The new color scheme, which updates (KUW)’s stylized bird emblem, was unveiled as (KUW) took delivery of one of a wave of new airplanes that is rapidly refreshing the older fleet. “I would argue we’ve been working on a new strategic direction for the past 2 years,” Saunders said.
Kuwait Airways (KUW) is widely accepted to have lagged badly behind its competitors (particularly the Big Three Gulf carriers (Emirates (EAD), Qatar (QTA) & Etihad (EHD)) in terms of both its hard and soft product for some years.
However, Saunders said, initial success in the struggle to make (KUW) relevant in its home market, once again could be seen in passenger figures, which had risen from 2 million in 2013 to 2.9 million last year. “That’s only going to continue to grow,” Saunders said, but the stress was on creating “sensible and sustainable” growth. Kuwait’s other airline, hybrid carrier Jazeera Airways (JZI), has talked of overcapacity flooding the Kuwaiti market, but there was space in the market for Kuwait Airways (KUW) to proceed with cautious, manageable growth, he said.
“The key objective is to grow our presence in our home market,” Saunders said. (KUW)’s share of passengers at its home hub has dropped close to -20% in recent years. (CEO) Abdullah Al Sharhan said at the January 2016 Bahrain International Airshow that he hoped to expand this to 40% to 45%.
In pursuit of increasing its attraction to passengers flying from its home hub, additional frequencies were being introduced to regional destinations, Saunders said, to ensure that, wherever possible, passengers could make a return flight in the course of a day.
Kuwait Airways (KUW)'s plans include a substantial improvement for in-flight service, including state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment and Wi-Fi systems. A new reservations system is also scheduled to be introduced by the middle of 2017, together with better processing of passengers at Kuwait International Airport.
February 2017: 777-369ER (62564, 9K-AOF "Kubbar"), delivery.
April 2017: News Item A-1: Kuwait Airways (KUW) will operate its daily Kuwait City - New York (JFK) service via London Stansted from April 21 instead of Shannon, Ireland. (KUW) does not have local traffic rights on the Stansted to (JFK) sector.
News Item A-2: Kuwaiti national carrier Kuwait Airways (KUW) is to complete switching over its booking, ticketing and reservations system to the Amadeus Altéa Suite of products within the next 6 months. The switch is the latest stage in efforts to revive (KUW), which had fallen behind the curve in comparison to competitors in the Gulf.
Kuwait Airways (KUW)'s elderly fleet is being renewed, the workforce is being thinned and a new terminal planned. Amadeus is the latest factor in the modernization equation. “Passenger service systems are critical to the smooth running of any airline and with the increasing demands placed on the airline business today, we carefully reviewed a number of industry-leading vendors to help take Kuwait Airways to the next level,” (KUW)’s Deputy (CEO) Kamil Al-Awadhi, said.
“We are, therefore, confident that Amadeus offers the best solution for Kuwait Airways (KUW). Amadeus offers a combination of a high level of technical expertise, to effectively migrate such systems, while ensuring a low-risk implementation process.”
Work on introducing the system has been underway for the past few months, he added, with phase 1: the booking, ticketing and reservations system cut-over—scheduled for the current quarter. The 2nd phase, which includes the departure control system, is scheduled to be fully implemented by the end of (3Q) 2017. “Since the beginning of 2017, we have seen the configuration of the new system, business process testing and rehearsals, ‘super-user’ training [involving front-line staff who will operate the new bookings and reservation system on a regular basis] and completed the unique customization of the technology for (KUW)’s exacting requirements.”
Kuwait Airways (KUW) was keen to stress that the new system’s introduction should not be seen simply in terms of just a technical shift, but rather a business process change, he added. “The result of this cutover will greatly enhance the speed and efficiency of which (KUW) can interact with our passengers, business partners and the aviation industry as a whole. “There will be real and tangible benefits that will be immediately felt from the cut-over, and we are confident that both the migration and implementation will establish a strong foundation from which (KUW) can base its vision to become the preferred airline linking Kuwait to the world.”
May 2017: News Item A-1: The Gulf state of Kuwait has begun heavy construction work on its new airport, designed to ease serious overcrowding problems.
The existing Kuwait international Airport, the emirate’s sole civil aviation facility, has an annual design capacity of 6 million passengers, but last year handled 12 million. Over the past decade, passenger throughput has increased +10% annually.
The new airport will have an initial capacity of 25 million passengers and will be able to be scaled up to handle double that number as traffic increases. It will be built by a Turkish company, Limak Insaat. It is estimated that the number of passengers using the new airport will pass 23 million by 2027, just 4 years after the new facility opens.
Airlines using the existing airport are already taking measures to try to ease the burden until the new site opens. National carrier Kuwait Airways (KUW) expects a new “support terminal” for its passengers to come on line around the end of this year or in early 2018, with an annual capacity of >4 million.
Kuwait-based hybrid carrier Jazeera Airways (JZI) has already opened 4 dedicated gates for its services at the current airport and is also building its own terminal adjacent to the existing building.
The new terminal, which costs KD1.3 billion/$4.3 billion, will initially have 51 gates and stands and will be able to serve up to 21 Airbus A380s simultaneously. The terminal has a trefoil shape when seen in plan form with 3 symmetrical wings of departure gates, with each façade 1.2 km/.75 mile long.
Among the new airport terminal’s facilities will be 66,000 roof-mounted solar panels that will generate up to 12 MW of electricity, around 10% of the facility’s requirements.
News Item A-2: Kuwait Airways (KUW) has appointed Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzam as its new (CEO), succeeding Rasha Al-Roumi, who resigned in April. Al-Roumi also held the post of Chairwoman. Al-Khuzam was appointed to (KUW)’s board in April and has now assumed the additional role of (CEO).
Al-Khuzam was formerly the Managing Director of (AREF) Investment Group and has held several other senior positions in finance and telecommunications companies.
Kuwait Airways (KUW) said, “Al-Khuzam’s proven leadership qualities and years of senior-level management experience are expected to provide Kuwait’s official national carrier with a renewed impetus and drive.” According to the statement, his 1st act as (CEO) will be to make a thorough assessment and review on the progress of the airline’s 5-year strategic plan.
(KUW), the state-owned carrier, which had been in the doldrums for much of the 1990s and 2000s, is undergoing a major re-fleeting exercise. It is building a new temporary terminal to ease congestion at Kuwait International Airport and is investing heavily to improve staff training.
The national carrier of Kuwait aims to win back passengers who have been lured away by newer fleets and larger route networks of other Gulf carriers, notably Dubai-based Emirates Airline (EAD), Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways (EHD) and Qatar Airways (QTA).
Al-Khuzam said, “While it will be my job to assess the progress Kuwait Airways (KUW) is making, with regards to the 5-year transformation plan, I would like to assure all passengers, employees and stakeholders that the ambitious acquisition strategy of 35 new aircraft by 2021 (and a thorough reform of the airline’s operations, commercial and service infrastructure) will be a consistent guideline for taking (KUW) forward over the coming years.”
February 2018: Safran secured Airbus A330 thrust reverser service contracts from EgyptAir (EGP) and Kuwait Airways (KUW).
August 2018: See video of 777-369ER (9K-ADM) landing at (LHR):
October 2018: Kuwait Airways (KUW) placed a preliminary order for 8 Airbus A330-800s in a much needed deal for the struggling wide body program. (KUW), the national carrier of Kuwait signed a purchase agreement for the smaller version of the A330neo program, which currently has no firm orders even though it is scheduled to enter commercial service in 2019. The order comes at cost for Airbus (EDS), however, as the state-owned carrier reduced its firm commitment for the A350-900 from 10 aircraft to 5.
(EDS)’ re-engined A330 program has been a slow-seller for many different reasons (the relatively young A330 in-service fleet and strong competition from the Boeing 787 being the most important ones.
(EDS) has 224 firm orders, but all of them are for the larger variant A330-900. Boeing (TBC) scored a coup earlier this year. when it managed to persuade Hawaiian Airlines (HWI) to cancel its A330-800 order and move to the Boeing 787. The 1st A330-900 is scheduled to enter service with (TAP) Air Portugal in the coming weeks.
(KUW) is currently operating a mixed Airbus/Boeing fleet that includes 10 A320s, 5 A330-200s, 1 737-900, 1 747-400 and 10 777-300ERs. (KUW) has 15 A320neos on firm order and will now take 5 A350-900s plus the 8 A330-800s for its long-haul requirements. “The A330-800 will seamlessly fit into our fleet expansion and growth plans,” (KUW) Airways Chairman Yousef Al-Jassim said.
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0 707-327C (JT3D-3B) (498-19104, /66 OD-AGX; 499-19105, /66 OD-AGY), EX-(BNF), (TMA) LEASED.
0 707-331C (JT3D-3B) (626-19214, /67 OD-AGS), EX-(TWA), (TMA) LEASED.
0 707-3K1C (JT3D-3B) (88-20805, /74 YR-ABC), (TRM) WET-LEASED.
1 737-900 BBJ. EXECUTIVE (VIP).
0 747-269B (SCD) (JT9D-7J) (335-21542, /78 9K-ADB), FOR SALE. 32F, 24C, 322Y.
0 747-269BC (SCD) (JT9D-7J) (553-22740, /82, 9K-ADD), GROUNDED, TO (AFG) 2003-02. FOR SALE. 32F, 24C, 322Y.
1 747-469BC (SCD) (CF6-80C2B1F FADEC) (1046-27338, /94 9K-ADE "AL-JABARIYA"), AL-JABARIYA AMIRI FLIGHT DIVISION (VIP), OR COMBI.
1 747-8I (BBJ) EXECUTIVE (VIP).
0 767-269ER (JT9D-7R4E) (23280), LEASED TO (BIR), WET-LEASED TO (GBN).
2 +1 OPTION 777-269ER IGW (GE90-90B) (125-28743, /98 9K-AOA "AL-GURAIN;" 145-28744, /98 9K-AOB "GAROUH"), 24F, 24C, 243Y.
10 777-369ER (GE90-90B) (62563, 9K-AOE; 62-564, 9K-AOF, 2017-02; 1514-62570, /18 9K-AOM "GAROUH" - SEE VIDEO 2018-08).
00 ORDERS 787 DREAMLINER. CANCELED 12 ORDERS (AVF) LEASED:
0 DC-8-62F (JT3D-3B HK) (546-46142, /71 N61CX; 651-46132, /71 N735PL), (TIN) WET-LEASED, RETURNED. FREIGHTER.
5 +1 OPTION A300B4-605R (CF6-80C2A5) (673, /93 9K-AMA "FAILAKA;" 694, /93 9K-AMB "BURGHAM;" 699, /93 9K-AMC "WAFRA;" 719, /93 9K-AMD "AL-RAWDHATAIN;" 721, /93 9K-AME "WARA"), 18F, 18C, 196Y.
1 A300C4-620 (JT9D-7R4H1) (344, /84 9K-AHI "AL-SABAHIYA"), 1 LEASED TO (PNM), AL-SABAHIYA AMIRI DIVISION, GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS. (HOSPITAL DUTY). "STATE OF KUWAIT" TITLES. FOR AUCTION SALE 2013-08/09. (VIP).
1 A310-222 (276, 9K-AHB SEE PHOTO).
2 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (647, /93 9K-ALA "AL-JAHRA;" 649, /93 9K-ALB "GHARNADA), 18F, 18C, 139Y.
1 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A8) (663, /93 9K-ALC "KADHMA"), LEASED TO (RJA) (JY-AGT), 18F, 18C, 139Y.
1 A310-308 (CF6-80C2A5) (648, /93 9K-ALD) AL-SALMIYA AMIRI DIVISION,
"STATE OF KUWAIT" TITLES. (VIP) GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS.
1 A319-100 CORPORATE JET (VIP).
15 ORDERS A320neo FAMILY AIRPLANES:
7 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (181, /91 9K-AKA "BUBBYAN;" 182, /91 9K-AKB "KUBBER;" 195, /91 9K-AKC "QURTOBA;" 2046, 9K-AKD, 2004-01), 7 ORDERS (AVF) LEASED NOW CANCELED. 12F, 10C, 107Y.
1 A320-214 (6538, 9K-AKK "TASHALAH"), EX-(F-WWIB), (AWAS) (AWW) LEASED 2015-05.
2 OPTIONS A321.
1 A330-243 (1681, 9K-APE "AL JAHRA"), INTERNATIONAL AIRFINANCE CORPORATION LEASED 2015-11. 30PY, 165Y,
8 ORDERS (PRELIMINARY) (2019-04) A330-800 - SEE PHOTO:
4 +4 OPTIONS A340-313 (CFM56-5C4, 34,000 LB) (089, /95 9K-ANA "WARBA;" 090, /95 9K-ANB "BAYAN;" 101, /95 9K-ANC "MESKAN;" 104, /95 9K-AND "AL-RIGGAH"), (101, 9K-ANC RF (SVA) 1999-05). 18F, 24C, 238Y,
5 ORDERS A350-900:
10 ORDERS BOMBARDIER CRJ-900:
1 B AE HS 125.
3 GULFSTREAM V (BR710A1-10) (560, /99 9K-AJD; 569, /99 9K-AJE; 573, /99 9K-AJF), AMIRI FLIGHTS DIVISION. "STATE OF KUWAIT" TITLES. GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS. (VIP).
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YOUSEF AL-JASSIM, CHAIRMAN.
EBRAHIM ABDULLAH AL-KHUZAM, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2017-05).
KAMIL AL-AWADHI, DEPUTY (CEO).
MUBARAK AL-MASCATY, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL AVIATION SERVICE AFFAIRS.
CAPTAIN SULAIMAN AL-WAZZAN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
PHILIP SAUNDERS, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO).
MALIHA AL-AYAR, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL FINANCIAL & ADMINISTRATION.
CAPTAIN YOUSEF AL-HAMEEDI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN ISSA MOHSEN, 777 CHIEF PILOT.
CAPTAIN EL MOIZ AZIQ, MANAGER FLIGHT SAFETY ASSURANCE (2002-08) (KWIOEKU).
SALEH AL-ASKAR, DIRECTOR INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT).
ABDULWAHAB BOUDAY, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (KWIEZKU),
DAWOOD AL-DAWOOD, DIRECTOR PLANNING & INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS.
KAMEL AL JEERAN, DIRECTOR FINANCE.
ABDUL AL-AWADI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT SERVICES.
LAFI AL DHAFIRI, DIRECTOR HUMAN RESOURCES (HR).
AHMAD AL-HILAL, DIRECTOR MARKETING & SALES.
RIAD AL OTHMAN, DIRECTOR PERSONNEL.
HESHAM AL GHARABALLY, DIRECTOR PLANNING.
SULAIMAN AL-HULAIL, DIRECTOR OPERATIONS.
ADEL BORESLY, DIRECTOR PUBLIC RELATIONS (PR) & MEDIA.
ABDULAZIZ AL OMAR, DIRECTOR PURCHASING & HOUSING.
ATHBI AL MALEK, DIRECTOR SECURITY.
MAHER AL-SARDI, DIRECTOR GROUND HANDLING.
MOUSA BOU-OLAYAN, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING SERVICES & QUALITY CONTROL (QC)(KWIMKU).
SULAIMAN AL-JABER, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING MAINTENANCE & OVERHAUL (2001-03)
SULAIMAN AL-MUFARRAH, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING PLANNING & MATERIALS (2001-03)
ABDULLAH AL-SANDI, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING SERVICES (2001-03).
HAMOUD AL-BALOUL, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING PLANNING & MATERIALS (2001-03).
MOHAMMED AL-HABESHI, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ENGINEERING WORKSHOPS (2001-03).
NAJEEB AL-GHAREEBA, TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT MANAGER (1997-05).
SAUD AL-FURAIH, MANAGER QUALITY CONTROL (QC) (1999-12).
ABDUL WAHAB AL-SHUAIB, AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE MANAGER.
MOHAMMED AL ENEZI, REGIONAL MANAGER.
ABDULLA H BOURISLI, PRODUCTION PLANNING MANAGER.
ABDULLA AL RASHED, PROJECT MANAGER.
DR MOHAMMAD SHAHEEN, TRAINING SUPERINTENDENT.
M BAIG, PROJECT SUPERVISOR.
K MURTHY, TECHNICAL DEVELOPMENT ENGINEER.
RAHI AL-SHAMMARI, SUPERVISOR, AIRCRAFT PLANNING.