Wataniya Airways Announces Daily Flights From January 24th Between Dubai International Airport and Kuwait's Royal Terminal

DUBAI , January 5 /PRNewswire/ --

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Wataniya Airways, the first new full service luxury airline to be launched in the Middle East in recent years, announced its first scheduled flights will be to Dubai , commencing from Saturday, January 24th 2009 . The airline, which is headquartered in Kuwait , will operate twice daily to Dubai from that date (full details below).

Wataniya Airways CEO, George Cooper said that the announcement was the successful culmination of more than a year's careful and complex preparation, "I am delighted that we will be flying to Dubai from the 24th of January onwards as Dubai is a primary business and touristic hub in the Middle East . There has been a long and close relationship between Kuwait and Dubai and it is therefore fitting that this should be the first destination for Wataniya Airways."

Paul Sies , Commercial Director of Wataniya Airways said "Wataniya Airways has appointed leading aviation, hospitality and travel advisor, Planet Group, as its General Sales Agent (GSA) in Dubai . The internationally recognised Group with varied business interests has received international acclaim for its continuous drive to deliver quality services and is an ideal partner to deliver luxury air travel to Wataniya Airways' guests".

"The launch of a new premium airline is an exciting time for aviation business enthusiasts as well as business and leisure travellers who are looking for a new standard in air travel," said George Moussa , Chairman of Planet Group. "We are pleased to be working with the Wataniya Airways team in Dubai and bring our local market expertise and service to this winning equation."

The new premium airline's luxury arrival point in Kuwait will be the Royal Terminal, which provides a fitting setting for what will be a superior guest service both on the ground and in the air. It will be the first time that any commercial flight in Kuwait has taken off from a location other than Kuwait International Airport and the announcement comes after gaining approval from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to use the prestigious luxury Royal Terminal as its base for operations.

The airline's new aircraft, which are all Airbus 320 models, will be configured with the lowest seat density of any A320 used on scheduled routes in the world. Each aircraft will feature 122 seats, compared with the 145 that a number of leading European airlines use on their A320s, ensuring excellent leg room and comfort throughout its first-class and premium-economy seats.

Wataniya Airways will be the first in the region to install revolutionary, cutting edge technology on board its new luxury aircraft providing travellers with unparalleled choice for in-flight entertainment and special facilities that will appeal to both leisure and business guests. The personal entertainment selection will create an outstanding personal home theatre experience and the new aircraft technology will provide First Class guests additional features by allowing them to plug their iPods (or similar MP3 devices) directly into sockets located in their seat.

And for the first time ever in the region, busy travellers can send and receive SMSs and emails on their mobile phones and Blackberries using OnAir innovative technology. The ability to use and recharge personal communications devices, including laptops, on Wataniya Airways planes will be an added value to business and leisure travellers.

Wataniya Airways new fleet will also be fitted with individually crafted German Recaro leather seating that provides the ultimate in comfort, suiting the short-haul flight business model in their First and Premium Economy classes and which are generally reserved for high-end luxury sports cars lines like Porsche, Ferrari and Lamborghini

Wataniya Airways commenced its ticketing operations in November, providing its guests with a range of convenient methods to obtain their tickets. Bookings can be made by either calling the Guest Contact Centre on 04 2869840 via the website (www.wataniyaairways.com) or through a preferred travel agent.

About Wataniya Airways

Wataniya Airways is a new full service luxury airline that will commence operations in 2009 offering a unique service with point to point connections from Kuwait to destinations across the Middle East . Geared to the specific demands and needs of Kuwaiti nationals, it will fly modern A320 aircraft with 122 seats providing the most comfort, space and legroom of any scheduled airline using this aircraft in the world. Under the KW designation, Wataniya Airways will travel from the Royal Terminal in Kuwait to destinations across the Middle East .

For more information about Wataniya Airways go to: http://www.wataniyaairways.com

SOURCE Wataniya International