The national carrier of the state of Kuwait, Kuwait Airways, has become the latest customer of the new A330neo from European plane-maker Airbus it has been confirmed today, October 15th.  Yousef Al-Jassim, Kuwait Airways Chairman and Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer, signed the purchase agreement documents during a special signing ceremony at Airbus headquarters in Toulouse, France.

The deals is for eight A330-800 aircraft and marks a very important step forward in Kuwait Airways’ fleet renewal plans and expansion strategy. The airline also has A350 XWB and A320neo Family aircraft on order. It is expected that the delivery of the new Airbus fleet will commence during early 2019.

“The A330-800 will seamlessly fit into our fleet expansion and growth plans. Its unbeatable operating economics and performance in addition to best in class passenger comfort make it a sound investment." Said Yousef Al-Jassim, Chairman Kuwait Airways, adding "We are confident that the A330-800 will support us to compete effectively on our expanding route network. Our relationship with Airbus extends beyond aircraft acquisitions and we look forward to further collaboration on technical fields.”

Christian Scherer, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer said, “We are delighted that Kuwait Airways has chosen the A330neo as a cornerstone of its future widebody fleet.  The A330-800 with its unique efficiency and versatility will support the carrier’s ambition to develop its expanding long-haul network.  The aircraft will seamlessly complement Kuwait Airways’  A320neos and A350 XWBs and deliver unbeatable operating economics, full operational commonality and unmatched passenger experience.”

The A330 has proved to be one of the most popular widebody aircraft ranges ever, Airbus has received over 1,700 orders from 120 customers for the type so far and there are currently over 1,400 A330s are flying with over 120 operators worldwide.  The A330neo was launched in 2014 and is the newest and latest generation of the twinjet family.  There are two versions of the new neo's the A330-800 and the A330-900 which are both powered by Rolls-Royce’s latest-generation Trent 7000 engines which offer around 25% less fuel consumption and has an increased range over existing A330's.  The wingspan has been increased and the wings are adorned with new A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets. 

Other customers for the A330neo include Air AsiaX, TAP Air Portugal and Icelandic low-cost carrier WOW