Fly707 From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 350 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3834 times:
Hi, I have a friend working in Kuwait Airways, told me that they are interested to purchase nine new Airbus 350 for long and medium range flights + five ERJ 170 for short range flights as a part of fleet renewal plan.
FCKC From France, joined Nov 2004, 2348 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 3743 times:
Maybe these A350s will be leased from Alafco.
Never heard of the intention of the Kuwait Aw board about fleet renewal , simply they have said they were studying A350 and 787.Nothing more.
The ERJ170s order is quite a big surprise.
Behramjee From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 5004 posts, RR: 47
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3640 times:
ALAFCO has ordered 12 A 350s so it would be no surprise if KU being a Kuwaiti company too got hold of a few of them.
But the A 350 is too big of an A 310-300 replacement but an ok AB6 replacement.
However if you posess the new JUSTPLANES dvd on Kuwait Airways, on disc 2 there is a long interview with the current KAC chairman and you can clearly see on that interview a huge Boeing 787-800 model on display
With USA helping out Kuwait so much with regards to the Iraq war, I would expect the current Bush Administration to play a key role in this order.
KUs AB6s and A 310-300s need to be replaced soon and neither the A 350 nor B 787 can delivered before 2012 to them therefore a perfect interim solution would be placing an order for A 332s which can be delivered by late 2007/early 2008 as this aircraft is a perfect replacement for both its A 310s and A 300-600Rs.
For the future, the newly proposed B 787-100X is a perfect replacement for its A 343s and B 772IGWs.
Jetdeltamsy From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2987 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 3585 times:
Kuwait Airways is on the verge of collapse, having endured tremendous losses since the first Gulf War.
They may be from an Arab/Oil country, but the company is bankrupt. Unless the Kuwaiti government is placing its guarantee on the financing, I don't see where the money could be coming from to finance such a purchase.
Tired of airline bankruptcies....EA/PA/TW and finally DL.
HiJazzey From Saudi Arabia, joined Sep 2005, 886 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3446 times:
I haven't heard about this, but I wouldn't be surprised if they consolidate their fleet to two types as part of a restructuring. It's quite similar to what MEA did. However I do think the E170 is a bit too small, the E190 IMO would be a better choice.