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April 12, 1988 | From Reuters
The hijackers of the Kuwait Airways airliner reveal in repeated radio contacts with the Larnaca airport control tower that they have detailed knowledge of the modern aviation world. Their main spokesman, who always identifies himself on the radio as "Kuwait 422," the plane's flight number, has shown a deep understanding of aircraft radio procedures and vocabulary.
April 12, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
The hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet ordered bread, cakes and Pepsi-Cola for dinner here Monday and settled in for another night aboard. "We want 100 pieces bread, 100 pieces Pepsi-Cola," the hijackers radioed to the control tower at Larnaca airport in southwest Cyprus. Then the hijackers reduced their demand to 50 Pepsis and added that they also wanted 50 cakes. The control tower responded by asking if they would also care for something more nourishing, such as cheese.
April 19, 1988 | Reuters
Gunmen used one of two sisters from Kuwait's ruling family to appeal from a hijacked jumbo jet today for the release of 17 Arabs jailed in the Persian Gulf emirate. Anwar Khaled al Sabah said in a message radioed in Arabic that she and her sister are well but that her brother is in poor health after 15 days in captivity on the Kuwait Airways Boeing 747.
April 7, 1988 | From Reuters
One of the British women released from a hijacked Kuwaiti airliner in Iran said Wednesday that conditions on the plane, seized by Arabic-speaking gunmen on a flight from Thailand to Kuwait, are appalling. The Daily Mail newspaper talked by phone to some of the 24 women, including 10 Britons, who were released by the hijackers early Wednesday. The women were in Mashhad, in northeastern Iran, but Kuwait Airways said it plans to evacuate them to Kuwait.
April 24, 1988 | Associated Press
The Arab hijackers who held a Kuwait Airways jet for 16 days and killed two of its passengers have been traced to the stronghold of pro-Iranian extremists in Lebanon, diplomatic sources said Saturday. Arab and Western diplomats, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the hijackers were believed to have made their getaway in an Algerian air force plane via the Syrian capital of Damascus before dawn Wednesday.
April 11, 1988 | Associated Press
Arab gunmen today killed a second hostage, tossed his bloody body from a hijacked Kuwaiti jet and threatened to kill the rest of the nearly 50 captives if the plane is not refueled. The hijackers said the dead man was a "Kuwaiti officer." He was the second of three Kuwaiti military men aboard the Kuwait Airways jet that the hijackers have slain during the weeklong ordeal. Doctors at Larnaca morgue said the side of the man's face was badly injured, apparently from a beating.
April 12, 1988 | Times Wire Services
Hijackers of a Kuwait Airways jumbo jet seized eight days ago released 12 of their estimated 46 captives today and ground crews refueled the plane for a flight to Algeria. A short time later the gunmen asked the control tower at this Mediterranean airport for flight charts to travel to Algiers, then a voice told the control tower by radio: "All tanks full." Forty people were believed on board the aircraft after the latest release, including a half-dozen hijackers.
June 19, 1991 | From Reuters
The billions of dollars in aircraft orders unveiled at the Paris Air Show suggest that the market for new planes is strong, yet the aerospace world is still fretting about its future. Kuwait Airways on Monday announced orders and options for 24 Airbus Industrie jets valued at $1.9 billion. Boeing Co. last week unveiled a $2.7-billion order. The orders show that airlines--whose earnings were severely hurt by the Gulf War--are still in the market for new aircraft in sizable numbers.
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