Al-Qabas reported that the minister of transport asked Kuwait Airways to ground three of its ailing Airbus planes, due to multiple and repeat maintenance and operational issues.
Kuwait Airways only has 17 planes. You ground 3 of them, you might as well cancel half of its travel routes.
We’re all for airplane safety and hard maintenance, but I can’t help think that this new order is not without ulterior motives. We know that KA’s fleet is old and ancient, and in dire need of immediate upgrade. But that doesn’t mean that the planes suffer from dangerous maintenance or safety issues. And it sure as hell doesn’t mean that you get to ground a fifth of its fleet for no real reason.
Yes the fleet is old, but the planes are maintained extremely well. KA’s safety standards are amongst the top in the world. We may lack flat beds, touch screens, inflight internet, walk-in showers, and massage lounges. But all that is cosmetic. It doesn’t meant KA is endangering the lives of its passengers, or that the grounding of one of its planes is justified or right.