The Kuwaiti Airlines financial reports for 2000/2001 reflect losses of 32 million Kuwaiti dinars ($704,000), according to Al-Sharq Al-Awsat. The company’s operating costs did not exceed five million Kuwaiti dinars in the 2000/2001 fiscal year.
The assistant financial manager of the corporation, Kholoud Saadon, attributed a major portion of these losses to interest accumulated on loans, amounting to KD 12 million ($39.6 million).
Kuwaiti airlines was forced to borrow KD 400 million to cover the costs of damage repairs following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990, when the airline’s premises, as well as 15 of its airplanes, were destroyed. Following the war, a decision was made to re-launch the enterprise.
The airline’s fleet currently consists of 17 airplanes ― three A320-200s, three A310-300s, five A300-605Rs, four A340-300s and two Boeing B777s. ― (MENA Report)
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