By 1960 de Havilland had been swallowed up by Hawker Siddeley who were well aware of the Trident's literal shortcomings. They proposed an improved Trident (the 1E) with uprated engines, higher gross weight and an extended wing area. This no doubt helped the type's hot and high performance. Despite this improvement sales were few and far between - the first being from Kuwait Airways for three aircraft. This was followed by further sales to Iraqi Airways (3), PIA (4), Channel Airways (2), Northeast Airlines (2) and Air Ceylon (1).
This was a precursor to its own jets as a Comet 4C was included in the August 1962 deal to purchase two Tridents (with a third on option). One-elevens were also on order but were never delivered. The Comet arrived in January 1963 and was followed by a second in August. They enabled the start of services to London in 1964. It wasn't until March 1966 that the first of the Tridents, registered 9K-ACF, was delivered. She was followed by ACG in May and the option for a third aircraft was taken up. The first Trident livery was different to that produced on this Gemini Jets model. It had blue and white stripes on the tail with a large Kuwaiti flag.
Sadly after only a month in service Kuwait's Trident fleet was cut in half when 9K-ACG was destroyed 3.5 miles short of the runway at Kuwait International. She had been on the return leg of a Beirut service when a high rate of descent and failure to follow company regulations caused her to impact the ground. Fortunately no lives were lost but the aircraft was written off.
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