Air Transport World

'Bold, new spirit'. (Kuwait Airways Corp.)

KUWAIT - Earlier-than-planned delivery of four Airbus A340-300s has enabled Kuwait Airways to start phasing out its four Boeing 747-200s as part of a fleet renewal. First off the Toulouse production fine powered by the 34,000-lb.-thrust C4 version of the CFM56-5, the A340s arrived at the end of March, April and May; the fourth due at the end of this month, instead of between October, 1996 and September, 1997.

They are being phased in a few months immediately prior to the delivery of the first of two Boeing 747-400s that, like the dash 200s, will be combis. The second will come in July, 1996. A third, with a VIP interior installed by Lufthansa, already is in service with Kuwait's Royal Flight, which also has a VIP A310.

Two 747-200s have been sold and the other two will be phased out next year.

The airline's big fleet-renewal program comes after a long period of improvization after the country was liberated. It lost 15 of its aircraft and saw most of its offices and technical facilities destroyed during the Gulf War. The last of the aircraft that were out of the country when it was invaded - a 767-200 - was sold recently and the remaining 727 fleet has been transferred to the Royal Flight. …

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