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Kuwait Airways eyes end-March privatisation-paper

The airline has a fleet of 17 planes.

January 5, 2011 10:36 by

State-owned Kuwait Airways will be privatised by the end of March, the chairman of the Gulf Arab carrier was quoted as saying in a Kuwait newspaper on Wednesday.

Hamad al-Falah told Arabic language daily An Nahar that “the transformation procedures are in the final stages.”

Last August, Kuwait appointed Citigroup Inc. , Ernst & Young and aviation services firm Seabury to handle the privatisation of its national carrier.

Kuwait’s parliament approved a plan in 2008 to privatise loss-making Kuwait Airways Corp. Under the plan, the government will sell 40 percent of the flag carrier to the public and 35 percent to a long-term investor.

The airline has a fleet of 17 planes.

Falah also told the newspaper that its fleet of five Airbus A300 jets, grounded last month for inspection, were back in service.

(Writing by Mahmoud Habboush; Editing by Amran Abocar)

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