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Kuwait Airways grounds ageing jets.

KUWAIT CITY: Kuwait Airways has decided to ground several ageing planes for repeated malfunctions, KAC chief Salem Al Othaina was quoted as saying in report yesterday.

Othaina told newspaper that "initially three to five planes" would be grounded this week "in prelude to take new decisions to ground further aircraft."

The state-owned carrier has a fleet of 15 Airbus and two Boeing aircraft that were acquired about 20 years ago and have encountered many technical problems in the past few years.

"Safety conditions have deteriorated because of repeated malfunctions in some planes which necessitated taking such a decision," said Othaina, who is also Kuwait's communications minister.

Kuwait's parliament passed a law in January 2008 to privatise the loss-making carrier but the government in October put the brakes on the plan and agreed instead to restructure KAC after private buyers offered a low price.

International firms have valued the assets of Kuwait Airways at 220 million dinars ($800 million).

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Publication:Times of Oman (Muscat, Oman)
Date:Jul 9, 2012
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