Wataniya Airways last month was warned by the Kuwaiti government that it could be shut down due to its failure to maintain reliable operations. The airline has been suffering frequent delays and cancellations due to a shortage of operational aircraft.
In September 2018, Wataniya Airways was forced to terminate its ACMI contract with Olympus Airways which operated two Airbus A320s for the carrier.
On September 3, 2018, the airline temporarily suspended operations.
In a deal that will see the Middle East’s first E2 operator, Embraer announced today, at the Farnborough Airshow 2018, that has signed a firm order for 10 E195-E2 aircraft with Kuwaiti airline, Wataniya Airways. The firm order will be included in Embraer’s 2018 third-quarter backlog. The contract also includes 10 purchase rights for the same model, bringing the total potential order to up to 20 aircraft. The order has an estimated value of USD 1.3 billion, at current list price, with all the purchase rights being confirmed. The deliveries will start in 2020. “It’s great to welcome Wataniya Airways to the E-Jets operator family”, said John Slattery, President & CEO, Embraer Commercial Aviation. “Wataniya will not only be the first E2 operator in the Middle East, but also the worldwide launch customer of our staggered seat business class, which will establish a new level of comfort in business class for crossover narrow-body jets.” The airline will configure the E195-E2 in comfortable layout of 118 seats, with 12 in business class and 106 in economy class. “The E195-E2 will allow us to open non-served markets and increase frequencies, delivering better connectivity to the Kuwait market”, said Rakan Al-Tuwaijri, CEO of Wataniya Airways. “We have chosen the staggered seats to differentiate ourselves from the competition, offering a superior product with extra leg room and better privacy for our customers.” Embraer is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial jets up to 150 seats. The Company has 100 customers from all over the world operating the ERJ and E-Jet families of aircraft. For the E-Jets program alone, Embraer has logged more than 1,800 orders and 1,400 deliveries, redefining the traditional concept of regional aircraft.
Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya Airways, has confirmed an order for 25 Airbus A320neo family aircraft.The order follows an earlier MoU announced at last year’s Dubai Airshow.
The firm order was signed during the Farnborough International Airshow by Rakan Al-Tuwaijri, Chief Executive Officer of Golden Falcon Aviation, and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.
Wataniya Airways resumed operations in July 2017 and currently operates a fleet of four A320 family aircraft serving destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia from its home base in Kuwait. The A320neo family aircraft will support the airline’s vision to become the fastest growing and leading airline in the country.
Featuring the widest single aisle cabin in the sky, the efficient A320neo Family incorporates the very latest technologies including new generation engines and Sharklets, which together deliver more than 15 percent fuel and CO2 savings from day one and 20 percent by 2020 as well as 50 percent noise reduction. With more than 6,100 orders received from over 100 customers, the A320neo Family has captured some 60 percent share of the market.
Golden Falcon Aviation, the exclusive aircraft provider of Wataniya airways has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for 25 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft. The agreement was signed at the Dubai Airshow 2017 by Dr. Hamad Al-Tuwaijri, Chairman of Golden Falcon Aviation, and John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft in the presence of Ali Al Fouzan, Chairman of Wataniya Airways.
Wataniya Airways resumed operations in July 2017 and currently operates a fleet of two A320ceo aircraft serving several destinations in the Middle East and Europe from its home base in Kuwait. The A320neo Family will contribute to the airline’s strategic vision to become the fastest growing and leading airline in the country.
Wataniya Airways (Kuwait City) yesterday (March 16) ceased all operations.
The company issued the following statement on its website:
“We would like to inform you that, starting March 16, 2011 Wataniya Airways has ceased all its operations and will now enter a process to determine the future of the company. In the meantime, no flights will operate. Unfortunately, the company is not in a position to offer alternative flights to you. We regret that matters have reached this juncture and deeply apologize for the inconvenience it has caused.”
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Wataniya Airways (Kuwait City) will add Istanbul and the Kuwait-Istanbul route on May 5. The new destination will be served three times a week. The company has just taken delivery of its fifth Airbus A320.
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Wataniya Airways (Kuwait City) lost $20.6 million in its first half of 2009. The young airline launched operations on January 24, 2009. The company will take delivery of its four Airbus A320 in October.