Kuwait Airways takes delivery of the first rare Airbus A330-800

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Kuwait Airways on Thursday took delivery of the world’s first Airbus A330-800 aircraft, one of only a total of 14 to be delivered to a collection of at least two airlines and customers undisclosed by Airbus.

The carrier currently operates a fleet of 15 Airbus aircraft comprising seven A320ceos, three A320neos and five A330ceos.

This event also marks Airbus’ first A330-800 delivery. The new generation widebody aircraft is the latest addition to Airbus’ product line, highlighting the company’s strategy to keep offering its airline customers unbeatable economics, increased operational efficiency and superior passenger comfort with proven latest technology platforms, said a statement.

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Thanks to its tailored mid-sized capacity and its excellent range versatility, the A330neo is considered the ideal aircraft to operate as part of the post-COVID-19 recovery, it said.

Kuwait Airways’ A330neo will accommodate 235 passengers, featuring 32 fully-flat beds in Business Class and 203 seats in Economy Class while offering a large cargo hold.

The A330neo is a true new-generation aircraft, building on the features of the popular A330 and leveraging technology developed for the A350. Powered by the latest Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines, and featuring a new wing with increased span and A350 XWB-inspired Sharklets, the A330neo provides an unprecedented level of efficiency – with 25% lower fuel burn per seat than previous generation competitors.

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Equipped with the Airspace cabin, the A330neo offers a unique passenger experience with more personal space and the latest generation in-flight entertainment system and connectivity, the statement said.

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