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|[[Image:File:Wataniya airways logo.gif|250px]]|
|Hubs||Kuwait International Airport|
|Fleet size||4 (3 ordres)|
|Company slogan||Its a Pleasure|
|Headquarters||Kuwait International Airport|
|Key people||Abdulsalam al-Bahar (Chairman)|
George Cooper (CEO)
Wataniya Airways is an 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 started services with an Airbus A320 in January 2009 From the Sheikh Saad General Aviation Terminal and provides flights from Kuwait to destinations across the Persian Gulf and wider Middle East. Wataniya Airways was the first commercial airline to operate its flights out of the Sheikh Saad General Aviation Terminal. The A320 aircraft has 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 listed 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 is purple, and features the internationally known symbol of Kuwait—the Kuwait Towers.
Wataniya Airways flies to the following destinations (as of November 2009):
- Saudi Arabia
- United Arab Emirates
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.
(First, Business, Economy)
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 widebodies) by 2012.
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