By Andy Sambidge
Delivery is second to be funded by airline's $900m loan facility signed earlier this year
Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways Group has taken delivery of a new Airbus A320 aircraft, bringing its total fleet number to 14 aircraft.
The new aircraft was placed into operation after it left the manufacturer's A320 facility in Toulouse, France, on Friday.
The plane is the second to be delivered out of three funded by a $900m loan provided by the National Bank of Kuwait (NBK) and DVB Bank.
Marwan Boodai, Jazeera Airways Group chairman, said: "The new aircraft will be placed in operation for the passenger airline business Jazeera Airways. Having one of the Middle East's youngest fleets is a core component to our customer offering."
The new aircraft is part of the airline's growth strategy to operate new and modern aircraft, and to take on new aircraft deliveries until 2014.
To date, the company has taken delivery of 14 Airbus A320s since 2005 out of its order of 15 aircraft of the same type. The company's remaining aircraft from its current order is scheduled for delivery in May 2014.
The Airbus A320 is the world's most-selling aircraft. There are 3,264 A320 aircraft in operation by airlines across the world and over 3,446 aircraft scheduled for delivery over the coming years and another 6,468 in order.
Jazeera Airways serves 19 destinations in the Middle East from Kuwait such as Dubai, Bahrain, Beirut, Alexandria, Amman, Istanbul, Sharm El Sheikh, Assiut, Luxor, Mashhad, Sohag, Jeddah, Riyadh, Cairo and Al Najaf.