Kuwait Airways Chairman Yousef A. M. J Alsaqer said on Saturday evening at an event at Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait Airways plans to spend about $2.5 billion on 28 new aircraft due to be delivered by 2026.
The planes will be financed with bank debt, the airline’s own capital and through the sale and re-leasing of the carrier’s planes, Alsaqer said, declining to disclose how much it will borrow.
“So far we don’t have an agreement with a particular bank or a certain funding body, but everything is planned and Kuwait Airways has already paid instalments for the purchase of the aircraft, Alsaqer said.
The plane is the first of 28 the airline will receive by 2026, including 15 of the A320neo jets at $60 million each, eight A330-800 aircraft at $100m each and five A350-900 planes, each priced between $130m and $150m, Alsaqer said.
Kuwait Airways expected to carry five million passengers this year, up from 4.1 million passengers in 2017.
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