Kuwait Airways, the official national carrier of the State of Kuwait, has today confirmed that the first of 10 ordered Boeing 777-300ER aircraft has arrived in Kuwait, landing at Kuwait International Airport (KWI) at 3:00 pm local time.
Following on from the aircraft’s reveal in October, at Boeing’s factory in Everett, near Seattle; the aircraft, sporting the new livery and branding of Kuwait’s official national carrier, was provided a water canon salute and welcomed by a delegation from the airline, headed by Rasha Al Roumi, Chairperson & CEO, and Kamil Al Awadhi, Deputy CEO. Dignitaries also present included, Kuwaiti Minister of State for Housing Affairs, HE Yasser Hassan Abul; US Ambassador to Kuwait, HE Lawrence R. Silverman; and President of the DGCA, HE Sheikh Mubarak Salim Al Sabah, as well as other senior officials.
Arriving as a non-commercial, non-stop flight from Boeing’s factory to Kuwait, the Boeing 777- 300ER will now undergo some regional flight tests, before entering full commercial service within weeks. It is understood that the aircraft’s maiden commercial flight and route will be to London, although the exact dates will be revealed in a later announcement. The delivery of the Boeing 777- 300ER, bearing the airline’s new look livery, represents another positive step forward for the Arabian Gulf-based airline, in support of its previously announced five-year transformation strategy, in September this year.
The essence of the plan being: To restore pride in the Gulf region’s longest serving, one-state airline, and reassert its pioneering legacy in the regional aviation sector. In the medium to long-term, the transformation strategy also includes the addition of 10 A350 and 15 A320neo aircraft; with a number of the latter already having entered service with the airline.