KUWAIT – and Dubai-based Jazeera Airways, the first private airline in the Middle East has signed a firm contract for the purchase of 30 Airbus A320 aircraft.
The agreement quadruples the number of aircraft Jazeera Airways have ordered from Airbus from 10 to 40 A320s.
The agreement was signed at a ceremony at the 47th International Paris Air show at Le Bourget between Jazeera Airways’ chairman and CEO Marwan Boodai, and Airbus president and CEO Louis Gallois.
“We have very ambitious growth plans at Jazeera Airways and Airbus has been a good partner for us all the way. We started operating in October 2005 with our first A320 aircraft and now we operate five. The A320 is proving to be an exceptional aircraft for us and for our growth plans,” said Marwan Boodai, chairman, Jazeera Airways.
The airline recently announced that it is looking for a third hub in the region, probably in the Levant or North Africa.
Jazeera Airways, a Kuwait Public Shareholding Company established in 2004, placed its first order for 10 Airbus A320 aircraft shortly after it completed its IPO in June 2004.
“Jazeera Airways have grown successfully in a short period of time and we are delighted that they chose our aircraft to help them achieve this level of success. I congratulate Jazeera Airways for their achievements and thank them for the confidence they are continuing to show in our A320 Family of aircraft”, said Gallois.