Kuwait Airways receives first ever Airbus A330-800neo delivery

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Airbus has delivered the first two commercial A330-800neo aircraft to launch customer Kuwait Airways.

The two planes with space for 235 passengers each, were flown from Airbus’ production site in Toulouse, France, to Kuwait City on Thursday.

They join the airline’s existing fleet of Airbus A320, A320neo, A330-200 and Boeing 777-300ER.

Kuwait Airways has a total of eight A330-800neo on order, making it the largest customer of this A330neo variant. It has additionally ordered five A350-900.

The A330-800 is the smaller of the two A330neo versions on offer. It performed its first flight back in November 2018 and was certified by the EASA and FAA in February this year. Airbus has struggled to find a decent amount of orders for it, as most airlines have so far opted for the slightly larger A330-900, which has gained a total of 318 orders as of September, compared to just 14 for the -800.