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Sunday, 30 November 2008

Wataniya Airways: Background.

Wataniya Airways is a planned airline that has its corporate headquarters in Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait. The airline was founded in 2005 and received an Air Operators Certificate in July 2008. It is due to start services with two Airbus A320s in January 2009 and will provide flights from Kuwait city to destinations across the Gulf and wider Middle East. The A320 aircraft will have a dual-cabin configuration composed of first and premium economy sections.

Wataniya Airways was formed as part of the Kuwait Government’s liberalization of aviation services in 2005 and was founded by Kuwaiti corporations including Kipco and Global Investment House. The airline launched a public offering of 350 million shares in January 2006, the equivalent of 70% of its capital of KWD50 million (USD 188 million), and expects to list its shares on the Kuwait Stock Exchange by the end of 2008.

Wataniya Airways' visual identity was created by the Peter Schmidt Group and unveiled to the public in May 2008. The tail fin of Wataniya Airways' aircraft will be purple, and features the internationally known symbol of Kuwait—the Kuwait Towers.

Wataniya Airways plans on having the following destinations as part of its initial route network:

Middle East
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates

Narrowbody Fleet Aircraft
Airbus A320 (3 on order)

Three new Airbus A320 aircraft will be leased and delivered in 2010 from Dutch-based AerCap Holdings for nine years.Wataniya Airways aims to have at least 12 aircraft, including wide-body planes by 2012.

Wataniya Airways offers two classes of service: First Class and Premium Economy Class.

First Class offers 26 seats in a configuration of 2×2, with a seat pitch of 44 inches.

Premium Economy offers 96 seats in a configuration of 3×3, with a seat pitch of 34 inches .

Source: Wikipedia

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