Kuwait Airways, Boeing finalise $3.3bn planes order

US plane maker says Kuwaiti airline has ordered 10 777-300ER aircraft which can carry 386 passengers
Kuwait Airways, Boeing finalise $3.3bn planes order
A Kuwait Airways airplane lands in Beiruts international airport 07 September 2006, just after Israel lifted its punishing eight-week air blockade amid intense international efforts to underpin a UN-brokered ceasefire. A flight from Paris by national carrier Middle East Airlines was the first plane to land in Beirut, the hour Israel announced it would start to lift restrictions at precisely 6:00 pm (1500 GMT) 07 September. (AFP/Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Wed 24 Dec 2014 08:47 AM

US plane manufacturer Boeing and Kuwait Airways have finalised an order for 10 777-300ER aircraft, valued at $3.3 billion at list prices.

Boeing said in a statement that the order underlines the popularity of the 777-300ER as the preferred long-haul aircraft of many of the world's leading airlines including those from the Middle East.

The airline originally announced its intent to order the 777-300ER in November, the statement said.

"Kuwait Airways has plans to renew its fleet as well as expand its operations and the 777-300ER is a perfect airplane for our strategy," said Rasha Al Roumi, Kuwait Airways CEO.

"The airplane has already validated its position in terms of high reliability, low operating costs and fuel efficiency. We are looking forward to having the 777-300ER join our fleet."

The 777-300ER carries 386 passengers in a standard three-class configuration up to 7,825 nautical miles on non-stop routes.

"This order marks another feather in the cap for the 777-300ER which not only continues to be an integral part of the fleet of many of the world's airlines but is also being ordered by new customers who see the value of the airplane," said Ray Conner, president and CEO, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

"The aerospace industry in the Middle East continues to enjoy a phenomenal growth and we are proud to be part of that growth and look forward to an enduring relationship with Kuwait Airways."

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