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Wataniya Airways: successful launch of operations


Wataniya Airways launched services on 24-Jan-09 with a twice-daily Kuwait-Dubai service. It is one of only a handful of short-haul premium-focused airlines to be launched internationally in several years. A premium-focused Australian entrant, OzJet, lasted only a matter of months in 2005/06. Unlike OzJet, Wataniya offers a two-class service. According to the airline’s Chairman, Abdulsalam Al Bahar, Wataniya targets “discerning travellers who value a higher level of service and comfort.” [639 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Expects to break even by 2011
  • Expands route network
  • Planning further aircraft orders

Graphs and data:

  • Kuwait-Beirut Capacity Share by Airline (as of 24-Mar-09)
  • Kuwait-Bahrain Capacity Share by Airline (as of 24-Mar-09)
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