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Jazeera inks MRO pact with LHT

 - December 11, 2006, 9:24 AM

Kuwaiti private carrier Jazeera Airways has signed a 10-year MRO contract with Lufthansa Tecknik to support its fleet of Airbus A320s. The airline has so far   taken two of the airplanes and expects two more to arrive next summer. The contract covers any further airplanes that join Jazeera’s fleet.

Along with engineering services and maintenance support performed at Jazeera’s Kuwait hub, the contract covers support for all related parts and participation in Lufthansa Technik’s components pool. In the coming months the MRO specialist will help Jazeera establish an EASA Part 145 certified line maintenance base.

The first privately owned airline in the Middle East, Jazeera now flies to Dubai, Beirut, Amman, Damascus and Bahrain. Next it plans to start flying to Alexandria, Luxor and points in India. Its new A320s carry 165 leather seats and offer live TV.

“We are opening a new chapter in air travel in the Middle East region and from the beginning we have been selecting the best partners to help us,” commented Jazeera Airways chairman and CEO Marwan Boodai.

Jazeera served as the first example of the Kuwaiti government’s move to liberate its aviation sector when it opened for  business in 2004 as a public shareholding company.