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Kuwait's Alafco leases 2 Airbus A320s to Olympic

KUWAIT, Aug 27 (Reuters) - Kuwait's Aviation Lease and Finance Co ALAF.KW (Alafco) said on Thursday that Greece's Olympic Airlines has agreed to lease two Airbus A320s from it.

Olympic will take delivery of the two aircraft this month, for 72 months, Alafco said in a statement on the Kuwaiti bourse website.

Alafco, in which Islamic lender Kuwait Finance House KFIN.KW and state-owned Kuwait Airways are its biggest shareholders, said monthly rental charges are 1 percent of the listed price of $77 million per plane.

Alafco had said it will deliver 11 Airbus EAD.PA aircraft in the second half of 2009.

Under a 2003 restructuring, Olympic Airways re-emerged as the slimmed-down Olympic Airlines [OLY.UL], which was then sold to an investment group in March this year. [ID:nLB551548] [ID:nL9578669] (Reporting by Rania El Gamal; Editing by John Irish and Rupert Winchester) ((rania.elgamal@reuters.com; +965 224 089 45; Reuters Messaging:rania.elgamal.reuters.com@reuters.net))

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