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Kuwait Airways has recently signed a contract with Lufthansa Technik AG regarding comprehensive base maintenance layovers for Airbus A330ceo aircraft. The agreement covers a total of four six-years checks for Airbus A330-200s, the first two of which have already been successfully completed at Lufthansa Technik Philippines (LTP) in Manila.
The first and second of Kuwait Airways' aircraft arrived at LTP in October and could already be handed back to the customer on-time and on-budget. With the third A330 being serviced in Manila right now, the fourth aircraft will follow directly behind and is set to complete the layover sequence at the beginning of December. Six-years checks – the first in the life of Kuwait Airways' comparably young A330 fleet – usually comprise comprehensive structural and mechanical inspections.
"We at Kuwait Airways take pride in our adherence to all aspects of safety for our aircraft, on the ground and on board. Safety remains fundamental in all our operations and services and we are committed to constantly maintaining and improving the standards of safety at all levels," stated Captain Eisa Al-Haddad, Kuwait Airways Chief Operations Officer. "Kuwait Airways' dedicated and skilled staff ensure that safety is maintained in all operations and services, and this commitment has enabled the company to receive several awards, certifications, and recognition. The comprehensive maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) works carried out at LTP in Manila further ensure the safety and airworthiness of Kuwait Airways' aircraft for all its operations and services. For the first heavy checks of our A330s we were seeking a partner that not only has an outstanding reputation, but also the flexibility to overhaul our aircraft in an almost nose-to-tail sequence. Lufthansa Technik and its subsidiary in the Philippines are moreover reknown for their engineering expertise and highly-competitive turnaround times, that convinced us even more that we have put our valuable assets in the right hands."
"We are honoured to welcome back Kuwait Airways in our customer base and grateful for the trust they demonstrate by assigning comprehensive services for their A330s to us," stated Tim Butzmann, Senior Director Sales Middle East and Africa at Lufthansa Technik. "Our experts in Manila will overhaul Kuwait Airways' A330s with the same thoroughness and precision they invest in every aircraft to maintain the full value of this relatively young fleet. In doing so, we are proud to justify the customer's trust with outstanding reliability and service."
Over the last decades, Lufthansa Technik has already had various business relationships with Kuwait Airways, with services for both commercial and VIP aircraft. For LTP, however, the recent contract marks the first opportunity to welcome Kuwait Airways aircraft on its premises. In Lufthansa Technik's global network, LTP is the competence center for widebody base maintenance in East Asia, offering overhauls for almost any Airbus aircraft up to the A380 and also for selected Boeing types.
About Kuwait Airways:
Kuwait Airways (KAC) established in March 1954 is the National Carrier of the State of Kuwait, and one of the longest serving official airlines operating from the Arabian Gulf region. It was initially established as a private company named then as the Kuwait National Airways Company Ltd. Kuwait Airways joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in 1963 and in 1965 became a founding member of the Arab Air Carriers' Organization (AACO). The Carrier operates its regular services to 47 international destinations, covering the Far East, Middle East, Indian Subcontinent, Western Europe, and North America. Kuwait Airways' current Board of Directors is headed by Captain Ali Mohammad Al-Dukhan as Chairman and Mr. Maen Razouqi as Chief Executive Officer.