State-owned Kuwait Airways will be privatized by end of March, the Chairman of the Gulf carrier was quoted as saying in a Kuwait newspaper this week.Hamad al-Falah told Arabic language daily Al Nahar that 'the transformation procedures are in the final stages.'
Last August, Kuwait appointed Citigroup, Ernst & Young and aviation services firm Seabury to handle the privatization of its national carrier.
Kuwait's parliament approved a plan in 2008 to privatize loss-making Kuwait Airways Corp. Under the plan, the government will sell 40% of the flag carrier to the public and 35% 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.