start-up carrier Kuwait National Airlines has today formally branded itself as Wataniya Airways, the identity
under which it will begin operating next year.
airline plans to start operating with a pair of Airbus A320 aircraft,
configured with just 122 seats, from January 2009.
name, ‘Wataniya’, means
‘national’. Chairman Abdul Salam Al Bahar
says: “We selected this name because we intend to be a truly national airline
for Kuwaiti travellers.”
says the aircraft will carry a purple livery, the colour being associated with
royalty, while the vertical fin will feature a symbol representing the Kuwait
Towers, a group of three structures on the northern coast of Kuwait City.
the moment our passengers arrive at Kuwait International
they will experience something unique,” says the carrier.
will enjoy personalised check-in services, fast-track immigration procedures
and an exclusive lounge serving all our passengers, that will make the
on-the-ground experience alone something quite out of the ordinary.”
Wataniya Airways will initially
operate point-to-point services to Middle Eastern destinations towards the
south and west of Kuwait.
executive George Cooper says the unveiling of the new brand is a “major step”
towards the creation of a “unique premium airline”.
says: “It takes time to develop a quality product but we now have the right
people, the right product and the right business model for success.”
Wataniya Airways last year agreed
to lease three A320 aircraft from the country’s Aviation Lease and Finance