Ebrahim Al-Khuzam

KUWAIT: Kuwait Airways, the official national carrier of Kuwait, has confirmed that Ebrahim Abdullah Al-Khuzam has been appointed as the airline's new Chief Executive Officer. As one of the newly-appointed board members of Kuwait Airways, as announced on April 4 this year, Khuzam assumed the additional role and duties of the CEO from May 4.

Formerly the Managing Director of AREF Investment Group KSCC, in addition to many investment and holding companies, including Advisor to the Chairman of Kuwait Finance House and General Manager of Zain (mobile telecommunications), Khuzam's proven leadership qualities and years of senior-level management experience are expected to provide Kuwait's official national carrier with a renewed impetus and drive; steering Kuwait's state airline towards the goals of the "Transformation Plan", as outlined in Sept 2016.

It is understood from airline sources that Khuzam will retain his position on the board of directors; however, his first act - as CEO - will be to invoke a thorough assessment and review on the progress of the five-year strategic plan. Kuwait Airways' "Transformation Plan" has been described by the airline as a comprehensive strategy for re-asserting Kuwait Airways' pioneering legacy as one of the most respected airlines in the regional aviation industry.

Commenting on his appointment, as CEO, Khuzam said: "It is a great honour and privilege to have been appointed to the position of CEO of Kuwait Airways. I would also like to acknowledge all the good work that our management and employees have achieved in recent times, as we look to position the official national carrier of Kuwait back in its rightful place - as one of the key airlines in the region."

"While it will be my job to assess the progress Kuwait Airways is making, with regards to the five-year 'Transformation Plan', I would like to assure all passengers, employees and stakeholders, that the ambitious acquisition strategy of 35 new aircraft, by 2021, and a thorough reform of the airline's operations, commercial and service infrastructure will be a consistent guideline for taking the airline forward, over the coming years." Khuzam's first official engagement, as CEO of Kuwait Airways, was to meet with Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) representatives, on May 4; his first full day at the airline's head office was on May 7.