Airbus lands A320neo order from fledgling Kuwaiti airline

By: Theo Nichols

November 15, 2017

Wataniya Airways A320neo, Credit: Airbus

Wataniya Airways, a fledgling Kuwaiti airline, has placed an order for 25 A320neo aircraft at the Dubai Airshow in a deal worth $2.68 billion.

"We are looking forward to upgrading and further enhancing our fleet. The A320neo Family will offer our customers the most comfortable and modern cabins with 18-inch wide seats whilst ensuring profitability and efficiency. The addition of the aircraft will enable us to further strengthen our network as we continue to serve our valued customers,” said Wataniya Chairman Ali Al Fouzan.

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Wataniya Airways currently operates a fleet of two A320ceos and plans to expand its route network substantially with the newly ordered A320neo aircraft. Wataniya recently restarted flying this summer after ceasing operations in 2011. The Kuwait City based carrier has ambitions to increase the size of its fleet to up to 60 narrowbody aircraft by the mid 2020s. Wataniya plans on serving destinations in India, Europe, and the Middle East.

For Airbus, the Wataniya deal is a tiny victory in Dubai after Emirates chose the Boeing 787-10 over the A350 earlier in the week.

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