Lawmaker slams Kuwait Airways' Airbus deal

National airline firmed up deal with France’s Airbus last month, which included the lease of 12 planes
Lawmaker slams Kuwait Airways' Airbus deal
Kuwait Airways
By Beatrice Thomas
Wed 05 Mar 2014 11:26 AM

A Kuwaiti lawmaker has hit out at the Gulf state's national airline for ignoring US manufacturer
Boeing in a deal to buy 25 new planes, saying “the Americans are Kuwait’s
allies”, it was reported.

Kuwait Airlines firmed up the deal with France’s Airbus last month,
which also included the lease of 12 planes.

However, Abdulhameed Dashti said Kuwait rushed into an important
decision and criticised the exclusion of Boeing from an order for new
planes.

“The Americans are Kuwait’s allies,” he reportedly said.

Dashti also attacked what he believed was a lack of transparency in the
process, adding that “putting our eggs in one basket was not a wise decision
irrespective of price”, Kuwait Times reported.

Dashti, a member of the legal and legislative committee, said a panel
formed by the committee to probe the deal would summon the airline’s board for
questioning over the value of the transaction.

The carrier signed a contract for the new planes only days after
Kuwait’s National Assembly ordered the probe.

Kuwait Airways chairwoman Rasha Al Roumi said the airline signed the
deal without any middlemen and managed to get a 10 percent discount during
final negotiations.

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