Kuwait Airways Grows 777 Fleet...And Moves Tech Stop To Manchester

by Nigel Howarth
Mar 17, 2017

Kuwait Airways has recently taken delivery of its fifth new Boeing 777-300ER, from an order for 10 placed in December 2014. The Kuwaiti flag carrier already flies two 19-year old 777-200ERs, according to Aviation Week's Fleet Discovery database, and is undergoing something of a fleet modernization period.

One of Kuwait's new 777-300ERs sporting the company's new livery, seen landing at London-Heathrow (Nigel Howarth)

In 2015-2016, five new Airbus A330-200s joined the fleet, while in 2014-2015 seven A320s were delivered. Going the other way recently have been a number of 1990s vintage A300B4-605Rs, which have flown out to the US desert, most likely to be parted out.

In other news, sources tell Aviation Week that Kuwait's daily service to New York JFK (flight KU117), which currently makes a technical/security stop at Shannon Airport in Ireland, is set to switch the tech. stop to Manchester Airport in the UK. This revised routing is expected to commence on 26th March 2017, though there will be no traffic rights for the Manchester-New York sector. This service will be flown by the 777-300ERs.

A close-up showing the revised branding on the fuselage and engines (Nigel Howarth)


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