Kuwait's state carrier restructures Airbus order to add more jets

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FILE PHOTO - A Kuwait Airways plane parked at Cairo International Airport is pictured through the window of an airplane on a flight between Cairo and Doha, Egypt, November 27, 2021. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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KUWAIT CITY, Feb 21 (Reuters) - State-owned Kuwait Airways on Monday announced it would now purchase 31 jets from Airbus (AIR.PA) instead of 28 as part of a restructured deal in which it has also reduced orders for A350-900 jets.

Chief Executive Ma'an Razoq told a press conference the restructured aircraft order, estimated to be worth $3 billion, would save the loss-making carrier a total of $200 million.

The new deal, which includes some aircraft already delivered, is for nine A320neos, six A321 neos, three A321neo-LRs, four A330-800neos, seven A330-900neos and two A350-900s.

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"All jets will be delivered by the end of 2028," Razoq said.

The original 28 jet order was for 15 A320 neos, eight A330-800neos and five A350-900s, according to Airbus' website.

Of the original order, the airline has already taken delivery of six A320neos and two A330-800neos, the website says.

Kuwait Airways is now targeting to break even before 2026, Chairman Ali Aldokhan said.

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Reporting by Ahmed Hagagy, writing by Alexander Cornwell; editing by Jason Neely, Kirsten Donovan

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