|Quoting DUSint (Reply 2):|
Can someone please confirm that the leased A330s will come in already this year?
|Quoting HiJazzey (Reply 3):|
We'll see if they actually get their new planes this time, or will the Kuwaiti parliament shoot down this deal too.
|Quoting q8flyer (Reply 6):|
The Parliament already approved the privatization process and transferring the legal status of KU to a company under the ownership of Kuwait Investment Authority (KIA) and in this way the parliament cannot interfere in KU.
|Quoting KaiTak747 (Reply 10):|
Is the Kuwait Investment Authority state owned?
|Quoting KarelXWB (Thread starter):|
Secondly, KU would lease 13 A330 and A320 aircraft for a period of six years while they wait for the new A350 and A320neo aircraft to become available.
|Quoting q8flyer (Reply 5):|
Also mentioned that KU is in the process of re-configuring Amiri B747-400 from VIP configure, since the state of Kuwait received its latest Amiri A340-500 VIP configured to be used by government officials. B747-400 is expected to be fitted in mid summer and to be operated in high density routes like hajj.
|Quoting lightsaber (Reply 12):|
This is an exciting expansion. But doesn't it feel like 'too little, too late?' Once upon a time, KU was far larger than EK. Before 2003, Kuwait could have been the travel hub. I'm glad to see KU was finally privatized.
But this is 2013 with EK, QR, and EY fully established. KU has a challenge ahead for themselves. This growth looks reasonable, but what is there plan for competing with EK/QR/EY?
|Quoting BasilFawlty (Reply 13):|
Do you perhaps know both the current configuration and the new configuration of this aircraft? The 744 has been used on normal flights every now and then for a long time now, but it's configuration details are nowhere available.