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Kuwait's Wataniya inks $2.7bn deal for 25 Airbus planes

Airline looks to bolster fleet after resuming operations in July

Kuwait's Wataniya inks $2.7bn deal for 25 Airbus planes

Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Kuwait-based Wataniya Airways, has signed an agreement for 25 Airbus A320neo aircraft at Dubai Airshow, valued at $2.7 billion.

Wataniya Airways resumed operations in July after shutting down operations in 2011 citing financial and regional instability. 

It currently operates a fleet of two A320ceo aircraft serving several destinations in the Middle East and Europe from its home base in Kuwait.

It said in a statement that the A320neo planes will contribute to its vision to become the fastest growing airline in the country.

Wataniya chairman Ali Al Fouzan said: "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."

“This new order of 25 A320neo Family aircraft demonstrates the confidence in our leading single-aisle aircraft," added John Leahy, chief operating officer customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft. “Its operational efficiency and unrivalled passenger comfort make it the perfect choice for Wataniya fleet expansion and growth plans."

The agreement was signed by Dr Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, chairman of Golden Falcon Aviation, and Leahy in the presence of Al Fouzan.

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