Alafco sells eight Dreamliners to Saudia

Aircraft to be delivered between 2014 and 2015, Kuwaiti aviation leasing firm says.
By Ulf Laessing
Wed 25 Jun 2008 01:26 PM

Kuwait's Aviation Lease and Finance Company (Alafco) agreed to sell eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners, with a list price of $1.6 billion, to Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), Alafco said on Wednesday.

Alafco shares jumped 5.6 percent, while the Kuwait stock market was down 0.6 percent at 0837 GMT.

The company said in a statement the aircraft would be delivered between 2014 and 2015.

Alafco also said it would lease out four Boeings for 12 years to the Saudi carrier with delivery expected in 2012.

The list value of one plane is $200 million, while the leasing price is 1 percent of the purchase price paid as a monthly rent, Alafco said in the statement posted on the bourse website.

Alafco said earlier this month it agreed with Saudia to lease five new single-aisle Airbus A320s for next year's delivery, as part of the Saudi carrier's fleet renewal programme.

The Gulf aviation industry is booming as surging economies spurred by record oil prices attract tourists, business people and workers to the world's largest oil-exporting region.

Dubai-based Emirates, the UAE Air Arabia and Qatar Airways have bought billions of dollars worth of aircraft from Airbus and Boeing, looking to bring more people to their respective countries or hub passengers from around the world. (Reuters)

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