Kuwait's Wataniya adds three more A320s through AerCap

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Kuwaiti start-up carrier Wataniya Airways is to lease another three Airbus A320s, taking its fleet to six of the type in 2010.

The carrier is to take the aircraft on nine-year lease from AerCap it has already agreed to lease its first three A320s from Kuwait's Aviation Lease and Finance Company (ALAFCO).

Wataniya Airways is planning to start services in 2009, and all the AerCap jets will be delivered for service in 2010. The carrier's A320s will be configured with 122 seats.

"Strengthening of the fleet is a clear commitment by the airline to increase the scope of our services and improve and enhance the number of flights we can offer," says Wataniya chairman Abdul Salam Al Bahar.

Chief executive George Cooper told ATI earlier this year that Wataniya was in discussions to expand the fleet from three to six aircraft, with the possibility of adding a further three.

"We plan to make the best possible use of the aircraft leasing opportunities available to us," he says.

Wataniya has yet to detail the route network on which its aircraft will operate, beyond stating that destinations will primarily lie to the south and west of the Gulf state.

It has not yet disclosed which engine type will be fitted to its A320 fleet.