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Formed in 2006 and started operations in 2009. A K A Kuwait National Airways. Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo, jet airplane services.
PO Box 3355
Safat 13036, Kuwait City, State of Kuwait
The State of Kuwait was established in 1961, covers an area of 17,818 sq km, its population is 2.3 million, its capital city is Kuwait City and its official language is Arabic. In recent years, it has rebuilt its infrastructure and is rebuilding its economy. Of the regions nations, only Kuwait denies voting rights to its women.
Wataniya Airways (WYA) was born as part of the Kuwait Government’s liberalization of aviation services in 2005. An Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2006 laid the solid financial foundations for the planning and creation of the airline, selling 70% of its shares.
June 2008: Kuwait National Airways has announced that KIPCO Asset Management Company (KAMCO) will manage its listing on the Kuwait Stock Exchange (KSE) in the fourth quarter of 2008. The agreement between the two companies was signed for a listing that is anticipated to be highly successful. The agreement on the appointment of the lead manager for the listing was signed by the Chairman & Managing Director of Kuwait National Airways, Mr Abdulsalam Al Bahar, and the CEO of KAMCO, Mr Saudoun Ali. Kuwait National Airways was created in 2005 and the company comprises Wataniya Airways (WYA), the region’s newest premium airline that will commence operations in 2009, (UPAC) – a real estate, construction and aviation support company and Royal Aviation – which manages the new private air terminal at Kuwait International Airport. Kuwait National Airways has an authorized capital of KD 50 million following its initial public offering (IPO) and the structure of the company includes a 30% group of strategic investors and 70% smaller investors. “We are delighted to have signed this agreement for (KAMCO) to be the lead manager for our forthcoming listing – another important milestone in the continuing successful growth and development of Kuwait National Airways as a highly successful company with aviation at the core of its activity,” said Mr Abdulsalam Al Bahar. Mr Saudoun Ali added: “We are looking forward to bringing our financial expertise and experience to helping Kuwait National Airways to achieve a very successful listing on the Kuwait Stock Exchange in the final quarter of this year.” In May, Kuwait National Airways officially launched the new name and brand identity of its flagship premium airline – Wataniya Airways (WYA) – a unique short haul airline that has been developed specifically for the Kuwaiti market offering luxury, comfort, and point to point scheduling from Kuwait International Airport to regional locations. Services will commence in 2009 on new A320 airplanes with the lowest seat density (122Y) of any similar scheduled airplane in the world.
Newly appointed Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Paul Sies, and Chief Information Officer (CIO), Chandrasekhar Nene bring additional international experience to (WYA). Wataniya Airways (WYA), Kuwait’s new premium airline, has announced the appointment of two new executive staff, further strengthening the company’s growing management team. Paul Sies and Chandrasekhar Nene have joined (WYA), adding more international expertise and experience to the new airline.
Paul Sies brings with him nearly two decades of experience in the airline and leisure industry to his new commercial role. He moves to Kuwait from Belgium where he was (CCO) for Center Parcs Europe. Previously Paul, a Dutch national, had worked in a number of senior commercial management roles in the airline industry in Europe since 1991, including 5 years as Commercial Director for the Virgin Group from 2000 to 2005. At Virgin Express in Brussels, Paul Sies was instrumental in restructuring the airline and helping the airline to its most successful year ever in 2005.
Chandrasekhar Nene brings 30 years of expertise in Information Technology (IT) and systems to his role. His aviation experience includes senior roles at Jet Airways (JPL), Kenya Airway (KEN), Sahara Air (SAQ), and most recently Kingfisher Airlines (KFH) in India before moving to Kuwait. Chandrashekhar has been instrumental in setting up efficient and robust (IT) solutions for these airlines, and has pioneered innovative solutions, such as the “Roving Agent” for mobile check In systems, Web Check In, etc.,
Commenting on the appointments, (WYA) CEO, George Cooper said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure Paul and Chandrasekhar as we continue to build and develop our team ahead of launching our first commercial flights early in 2009. “It shows the quality and potential of our new premium airline that we are able to attract senior management of such calibre. Their commercial acumen and proven success record will play a vital role as we gear up to put in place the systems and processes we require to launch (WYA) and make it the airline of choice for the sophisticated Kuwati traveler.”
July 2008: Wataniya Airways (WYA) has passed a significant milestone in its development with the awarding of its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) from the Directorate General of Aviation (DGCA) in Kuwait. The (AOC) was officially presented in an official ceremony attended by (DGCA) President, Fawaz Al Farah and Wataniya Airways (WYA) Chairman, Abdulsalam Al Bahar and CEO, George Cooper. Commenting on the awarding of the (AOC), Mr Al Bahar said: “This is a highly important development for Wataniya Airways (WYA) as we continue our progress and planning toward commencing our first flights and commercial operations in 2009.” (DGCA) President, Fawaz Al Farah added: “We are confident that Wataniya Airways (WYA), the third airline to be headquartered in Kuwait, will offer the highest international standards of safety and quality across all of its operations, when it commences operational services. (WYA) CEO, George Cooper said: “We are very grateful to the (DGCA) for the award of this vital certificate and the vote of confidence they have given us in the structure and systems we are putting in place to launch Kuwait’s first premium airline next year.”
The Air Operators Certificate (AOC) is the official document issued to an airline by its national safety regulator, it attests to the airline’s ability to conduct a safe operation and clearly defines who is in charge of its safety oversight. Without the (AOC), an airline is not allowed to operate or conduct commercial flights.
Wataniya Airways (WYA) will start operations with a fleet of two A320 airplanes offering unparalleled room and comfort for all passengers with the lowest seat density of an A320 of any scheduled airline in the world. Services will commence from January 2009 and will offer a point to point service from Kuwait to destinations south and west of the country in the Gulf and the Middle East.
August 2008: Wataniya Airways (WYA), the recently launched Kuwaiti premium airline, has chosen the SabreSonic solution, a new-generation customer sales and service system from Sabre Airline Solutions, to help it deliver a premium level of service for their travel guests.
Using the SabreSonic solution, (WYA) will provide its customers with the highest standard of customer service across all sales and service channels, including use of mobile technology, to make the check-in process faster and more efficient. The agreement allows (WYA) to launch its operations in January 2009, as originally intended, and reservations are expected to be taken from November 2008 onwards.
According to Wataniya Airways (WYA) Chief Executive Officer (CEO), George Cooper, the decision was reached as a result of extensive research into finding the ideal partner for the premium carrier business model. “After extensive evaluation of what was available in this region, we chose the SabreSonic solution as it represented the best fit for all our needs. Our desire to deliver a unique and premium service that will distinguish us from other airlines is matched by Sabre Airline Solutions’ own commitment to providing a truly customer-focused solution that’s tailored to fit our needs and which has been proven to deliver exceptional revenue performance. There’s no doubt in my mind that the SabreSonic solution offers us the optimal scope and scale to accommodate our future growth plans,” added Mr Cooper.
Sabre Airline Solutions is the leading international provider of high quality, customer-focused technology solutions for airlines and its SabreSonic Suite is the industry’s leading customer sales and service solution providing the most comprehensive capabilities in shopping, pricing, ticketing, inventory control, web and check-in, to help airlines best serve their customers throughout every point of their journey.
Maher Koubaa, Sabre Airline Solutions VP Sales for the Middle East and Africa said that Wataniya (WYA)’s decision to choose Sabre Airline Solutions was proof that service-driven airlines of all types and sizes choose the SabreSonic solution because of its reputation for being scalable, flexible and for putting the customer at the very heart of the solution. “Our number one goal is to help (WYA) raise the bar for customer service by providing a scalable platform for them to innovate and tailor solutions that best fit their individual travel guests. With airfares continuing to rise, airlines will need to provide even more value to entice and retain travelers, and an innovative, robust and flexible customer-centric sales and management solution like the SabreSonic suite is critical in achieving this,” said Koubaa.
September 2008: Wataniya Airways (WYA) offers the most exciting career opportunities for those in the airline industry - - from pilots (FC) to cabin crew (CA) and technical support (MT) staff. (WYA) is now actively seeking inquiries from talented and experience airline professionals with experience in a wide number of aviation disciplines.
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3 orders (2010-02) A320-200, leased.
November 2008: Wataniya Airways (WYA) is on track to launch its all-premium A320 flights in January and said it will have four airplanes operating next year and up to seven by the end of 2010. The Kuwaiti carrier will lease three airplanes from ALAFCO (AVF), three from AerCap (DEA), and one from ILFC, CEO, George Cooper told "Reuters." It has committed $250 - $300 million for the leases. Qatar Airways (QTA) also has plans to operate all-business-class (C) service in the region.
Parent organization/shareholders: Corporate investors (70%); & privately held (30%).
(WYA) intends to fly A320-200s twice daily, to Dubai, starting in February. Ticketing operations began. The airline also announced that parent company Kuwait National Airways will be listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange on December 15. It will operate out of Kuwait airport (KWI)'s private Royal Terminal under the (KW) code and said it has hired 15 pilots (FC) and 59 cabin crew CA).
December 2008: Wataniya Airways (WYA) listed on the Kuwait Stock Exchange under the symbol KNA, which stands for parent company Kuwait National Airways. It said KNA has authorized and fully paid capital of KWD50 million/$181.4 million and distributed more than >500 million shares valued at KWD100 each. Its shareholders comprise 30% "strategic investors" and 70% "smaller investors."
January 2009: Wataniya Airways (WYA) launched its first route, a Kuwait City - Dubai A320 service, on January 24. Flights to Bahrain and Beirut are scheduled to begin by April.
(WYA) will install OnAir's Mobile OnAir in-flight communications service on (WYA)'s Kuwait City - Dubai flights. Communications specialist "OnAir" provides a service which will enable Internet access and transmission of email and text messages.
A320-214 (3739, 9K-EAA), ALAFCO (AVF) leased.
February 2009: Wataniya Airways (WYA) will launch Kuwait City - Cairo service on March 3 aboard an A320.
Thales (THL) said (WYA) selected its TopSeries In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) system for nine A320s, the first of which was delivered last month.
A320-214 (3791, 9K-EAB), delivery.
March 2009: Full-service Wataniya Airways (WYA) began flying to Cairo and Bahrain with A320s. This comes shortly after launching
service to Beirut and a little more than a month since getting off the ground with inaugural flights to Dubai. It hopes to challenge state-owned Kuwait Airways (KUW).
May 2009: Wataniya Airways (WYA) is a start-up premium-service airline operating scheduled, regional passenger jet airplane services to Bahrain, Beirut, Cairo, and Dubai. Initial plans call for the addition of regional destinations such as Amman, Damascus, Doha, and Jeddah.
(IATA) Code: KW. (ICAO) Code: WAN (Callsign - WATANIYA).
Parent organization/shareholders: Publicly traded (70%); corporate minority shareholders (16.5%); Kuwait Projects Co (KIPCO) Asset Management (7.5%); & United Projects for Aviation Services (6%).
Main Base: Kuwait International airport (KWI).
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A320-214 (3907, 9K-EAC), (ILF) leased.
June 2009: Sabena Technics (SAB) and Al Wazzan Group will set up a joint venture (JV) to provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) services to operators in the Middle East from Kuwait City. The (MRO) facility will offer proximity services such as line, light and heavy airplanes maintenance, pooling and logistics support. The investment will include a new hangar that is expected to be operational next year. The (JV)'s first customer will be Kuwait-based premium carrier Wataniya, which already is supported by Sabena Technics (SAB).
August 2009: Wataniya Airways (WYA) parent, Kuwait National Airways Company reported a -KWD5.9 million/-$20.4 million loss in the first half of 2009. (WYA) launched flight operations on January 24. (WYA) posted +89% (RPK) traffic growth in the second quarter against a +75% (ASK) lift in capacity, it said, although "yields remain under pressure and below expectation." It will take delivery of its fourth 122-seat A320 in October and plans to begin serving Jeddah, its eighth destination, within the next month.
(WYA) launched daily, Kuwait City - Jeddah service August 19.
October 2009: A320-214 (4049, 9K-EAD), ALAFCO (AVF) leased.
February 2010: Wataniya Airways (WYA) named former Gulf Air (GUL) VP Marketing & Sales, Lee Shave as CCO.
March 2010: Wataniya Airways (WYA) took delivery of its fifth 122-seat A320 and will use it to launch thrice-weekly, Kuwait City - Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen service on May 2. Istanbul will be (WYA)'s ninth destination overall and first in Europe. The sixth A320 is scheduled to arrive in June.
A320-214 (4235, 9K-EAE), AerVenture leased.
June 2010: Wataniya Airways (WYA) launched four-times-weekly, Kuwait - Alexandria service. (WYA) launched its first route to Europe with thrice-weekly, Kuwait City - Vienna flights operated with an A320. (WYA) launched twice-weekly, Kuwait - Rome Fiumicino service.
CCO, Lee Shave said that despite the foray into Europe, the carrier remains focused on expanding at a moderate pace. "Regarding Europe, we looked to several destinations," he said. "But Vienna was ideal for us and we plan to be here for several years."
Wataniya (WYA) operates six A320s "with a seventh [to] arrive this September," he said. "But so far, we have no more airplanes on order. The future size of airplanes [we order] will depend on which gateways in Europe we plan [to operate to in the] future. We have had [internal] discussions that if we maybe fly farther than to Vienna [then a larger airplane may be needed]. But so far, nothing is decided."
(WYA)'s A320s are fitted with 122 seats in first class (F) and premium economy sections. "This kind of service is unbeatable for this type of airplane in the Middle East," Shave said. (WYA) operates mostly point-to-point connections across the Middle East serving 11 destinations. Up to three new routes are under consideration and summer seasonal service to Rome will launch next week, he said.
But he cautioned that the airline will remain a point-to-point operator. "We do not hub in Kuwait," he explained. "We believe there are enough hubs in the Middle East. We are a niche carrier with an effective network in the Middle East and to some European destinations in the future." Some 90% of the 270,000 passengers it transported in 2009 were Kuwaiti nationals who started their journies in Kuwait City.
Shave said the privately owned airline is targeting profitability by early 2012. Wataniya (WYA) employs 550 workers. Maintenance of its fleet is carried out by Sabena Technics (SAB).
Wataniya Airways (WYA) named Joe Ghazal, Director Marketing, and Mahmoud Al Azzam, Director International Sales.
(WYA) opened a premium economy departures lounge at Kuwait International Airport’s Sheikh Sad Terminal. “We are extremely
proud of the results we have achieved since the (WYA)’s launch in January 2009,” said CEO & Managing Director, Abdul Salam Al Bihar in a statement. “Extending our premium economy lounge is a reflection of the increased number of daily flights to our 12 Middle East and European destinations and the high demand we have seen on our routes.”
August 2010: Wataniya Airways (WYA) will double its Vienna – Kuwait frequencies to six-times-weekly, beginning October 31. The additional three flights will be routed via Beirut on board an A320.
September 2010: A320-214 (4411, 9K-EAG), delivery, ex-(F-WWIQ).
October 2010: Wataniya Airways (WYA) reached code share and interline agreements with Austrian Airlines (AUL) under which (WYA) customers gain access to 19 new European connecting destinations via Vienna and which will allow (AUL) guests to travel to Kuwait on board (WYA). Beginning October 31, (WYA) will launch a Beirut – Vienna code share flight with (AUL).
November 2010: Wataniya Airways (WYA) changed its thrice-weekly, Kuwait - Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen service to Istanbul Ataturk beginning November 2. (WYA) launched 3x-weekly, Beirut to Vienna service, operating on Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
Management for Wataniya Airways (WYA) is devising a new long-term growth plan after completing the airline’s initial growth phase. (WYA) took delivery of its 7th A320 on lease in September, which completes the initial fleet build-up period for the 2-year-old carrier. Now (WYA) is looking at how to further evolve in 2012 and beyond, said (CEO), George Cooper.
The new strategy, already in development, will have to be largely completed by February if (WYA) wants to secure additional airplanes for mid-2012, Cooper told "AVIATION WEEK" on the sidelines of the Doha Aviation Summit. No fleet additions are planned for 2011, which Cooper says is a bonus because of the high growth rate seen in recent months. “I am looking forward to a period of relatively stability.” (WYA) currently operates 12 routes and while traffic is holding up, yields are not where management wants them to be. To adjust to market realities, (WYA) has changed its top-end product from a first class (F) to a business (C)/first (F) product, changing the coding to deal with the fact that many businesses will no longer pay for first class (F) on short- and medium-haul routes. Even though 2011 is somewhat of a placeholder year, Cooper says new routes are still under study for the coming summer season. Although he says no decisions have been made, in many cases they are likely to be destinations that offer follow-on travel, rather than mere point-to-point destinations. He notes that (WYA)’s service to Vienna, coupled with a code-share agreement with Austrian Airways (AUL), is something (WYA) wants to replicate in other markets.
December 2010: Wataniya Airways (WYA) is making deep cuts to its
network, fleet and staff in an effort to improve its financial situation. CEO, George Cooper told employees in an email that (WYA)'s market “is highly competitive with large state-subsidized carriers flooding Kuwait with excess capacity driving down prices so making our original business plans impossible to achieve.” Cooper added in his statement that “consequently, the financial performance of Wataniya Airways (WYA) has over the past two years fallen short of our business plan expectations. In an effort, therefore, to ensure the future health and success of our airline, it has been concluded it is now appropriate for us to adjust our current network plans and concentrate our efforts on flying to a reduced number of destinations, where we have been most successful and where we believe we have longer-term potential success.“
(WYA) decided to cease operations to Damman, Jeddah, Amman, and
Bahrain and reduce frequencies to Dubai, effective December 5. (WYA) will also take three of its seven A320s out of revenue service and try to market the airplanes elsewhere. “We will be seeking a home for the surplus airplanes, but early indications are that this will not happen quickly and is therefore unlikely to benefit the airline in the short term,“ Cooper wrote.
(WYA) announced it added a further 10 connections from Kuwait via Vienna as part of its partnership with Austrian Airlines (AUL). It operates thrice-weekly, Vienna - Kuwait service, and has added to its route network, Amsterdam, Berlin, Bologna, Graz, Hamburg, Rome Fiumicino, Lyon, Munich, Nice, and Venice.
(WYA) launched a premium-service operation in 2005. Its A320s are equipped with 26 seats in Business First (CF) and 96 in Premium Economy (PE) classes.
January 2011: Wataniya Airways (WYA) will add 11 extra flights to its Kuwait - Cairo service between January 26 to February 12. (WYA) CCO, John Morgan said the extra flights are being added in response to increasing demand and load factors reaching 98% LF.
March 2011: Wataniya Airways (WYA) ceased operations just over two years after it launched as regional unrest further complicated (WYA)'s troubled financial condition. (WYA) launched operations in January 2009 as a premium carrier, offering business (C)/first (F) and premium economy (PY) aboard its fleet of A320s.
(WYA) announced late last year it was drastically reducing its network, citing "adverse market conditions, where huge excess capacity makes operating to some destinations currently uneconomic."
Airline executives will reportedly hold a press conference to discuss (WYA)'s prospects for returning to service.
September 2017: Wataniya Airways (WYA) has added 2 new international sectors from its Kuwait City (KWI) base, with Bahrain (BAH) and Najaf (NJF) commencing on August 27 and August 23, respectively. The former route will be flown on a daily basis and will face direct competition from 4 incumbents (Gulf Air (GUL) (42x-weekly), Kuwait Airways (KUW) (13x-), Jazeera Airways (JZI) (7x-) and (KLM) (6x-). Competition is less evident on the 459 km sector to the Iraqi city, as the 3x-weekly operation will encounter resistance from (JZI) (5x-weekly) and (KUW) (3x-) again, as well as Iraqi Airways (IRQ) (2x-weekly). Both routes will be flown by (WYA)’s A320 fleet.
(WYA)’s Vice Chairman Riyad Al Saeed commented on the Bahrain launch: “We are delighted about our newly added destination, Bahrain, to which Wataniya (WYA) will fly daily at competitive fares. Bahrain is the 1st (GCC) country that Wataniya Airways (WYA) has touched down in since our launch. The other 4 destinations we currently fly to are Najaf, Baku, Tbilisi, and Sarajevo, and we have plans to launch further services in the future.”
August 2018: "Report: Wataniya Airways Threatened with Closure by Kuwait Authorities" by Alan Dron (email@example.com)(ATWOnline), August 27, 2018.
Kuwaiti hybrid carrier Wataniya Airways (WYA) has been told by the country’s regulator to improve its standards of service or potentially face closure, according to a report from state-run news agency "KUNA."
The August 25 report said that Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has told (WYA), which started operations in 2017 that it has until September 6 to resolve recurrent flight delays and cancellations.
Failure to do so would result in its operating permit being suspended for 3 months as an initial penalty. Continued failure to solve the problems would result in it being permanently stripped of its license, according to the report.
(KUNA) said that the (DGCA) had issued several previous warnings to Wataniya (WYA) regarding the problems, without effect.
(WYA) currently operates a small fleet of 4 Airbus A320ceos to more than a dozen destinations. Most are in the Middle East but stretch as far as Kathmandu, Nepal and Malaga, Spain, according to the (WYA)’s website.
At the Farnborough Air Show in July, (WYA) firmed a previous (MOU) for 25 A320neo-family aircraft and said it was also studying Airbus A220s as possible future buys. The A320neo purchase will be structured via the company’s leasing company, Golden Falcon Aviation. (WYA) also firmed an order for 10 Embraer (EMB) E190-E2 regional jets, a $650 million commitment, with purchase rights for an additional 10 of the model.
Wataniya (WYA) has not responded to an (ATW) request for comment. However, its website was carrying a ticker message stating: “We sincerely apologize for some of our flight delays and cancellations. We are continuously working on finding effective solutions that will ease your travel experience, improve your overall satisfaction and maintain your safety.”
December 2018: "Kuwaiti Regulator Cancels Wataniya Airways’ Operating License" by (ATW) Alan Dron (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 10, 2018.
Wataniya Airways (WYA) (which was resurrected in summer 2017 from a carrier of the same name that ceased operations in 2011) had its air operating license suspended for 3 months in September 2018 by Kuwait’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). This followed a barrage of complaints from passengers about severe delays and cancellations of (WYA) flights.
The Kuwaiti government had to arrange for flag carrier Kuwait Airways (KUW) to mount rescue flights to repatriate some 1,500 Kuwaiti passengers who had been stranded by (WYA) services that had failed to operate.
(WYA) said at the time it had suffered unserviceable aircraft because of unforeseen circumstances.
In Kuwaiti newspaper reports over the weekend, (DGCA) spokesman Saad Al-Otaibi was quoted as saying the 3-month suspension, which had been intended to give (WYA) a chance to overhaul its procedures, had not resulted in any tangible improvements. Al-Otaibi said the DGCA decided to revoke (WYA)’s license to safeguard passengers’ interests and safety, as well as to preserve Kuwait’s image abroad.
On December 10, a (WYA) spokesperson confirmed the company is now out of business and employees have left. Some had already found new jobs with other carriers.
According to the spokesperson, the young airline that had success in attracting passengers also attracted hostility. “We had 460,000 passengers in the 1st year. This is a big share of the Kuwaiti market (I think someone didn’t like us),” the spokesperson said.
(WYA) operated 2 Airbus A320s and 2 A319s. At the 2017 Dubai Air Show, aircraft provider Golden Falcon Aviation signed an (MOU) for 25 A320neos, a deal firmed up at this year’s Farnborough Air Show.
Farnborough was also the scene for (WYA) placing a firm order for 10 Embraer E195 E2 regional jets, plus 10 further options for the type. Notably, however, the order never appeared in the Brazilian (OEM)’s order backlog list, issued October 19.
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2 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3739, 9K-EAA, 2009-01 - - SEE PHOTO - - "WYA-A320-214-2009-01;" 3791, 9K-EAB, 2009-02), (AVF) LEASED. 26CF, 96PY.
2 +1/3 ORDERS A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (4049, 9K-EAD, 2009-10; 4519, 9K-EAH; 4535, 9K-EAI), (ALAFCO) (AVF) LEASED. 26CF, 96PY.
1 A320-214 (4235, 9K-EAE), AERVENTURE LEASED 2010-03. 26CF, 96PY.
3/3 ORDERS A320-200 (CFM56-5B4/P), (DEA) LEASED. 26CF, 96PY:
0 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (3907, 9K-EAC, 2009-05), 3907; RETURNED TO (ILF) & LEASED TO (RAK) 2011-08. 26CF, 96PY.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-5B4/P) (4411, 9K-EAG), 2010-09, EX-(F-WWIQ). 26CF, 96PY.
25 ORDERS A320neo:
10/10 ORDERS EMBRAER (EMB) E190-E2:
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ABDUL SALAM AL BIHAR, CHAIRMAN, & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
The Chairman welcomes you to a new way of flying and premium travel in the Middle East. Wataniya Airways (WYA) was created with the needs of the Kuwaiti traveler foremost and will set new standards of service and luxurious travel. (WYA) will become a symbol of both Kuwait and the Kuwaiti people. A symbol of quality, attention to detail, excellence in everything they do, and a travel experience like no other, when flights are launched in January 2009. Their commitment to Kuwait is shown in the design and colors selected. On the tail fin of their airplanes, they feature that most potent international symbol of Kuwait (the Kuwait Towers). The color purple is unique among airlines and is the color of royalty (reflecting the level of care and service they will provide to all passengers. It shows their passion and commitment to securing a leadership position in their industry in the region).
RIYAD AL SAEED, VICE CHAIRMAN.
RAKAN AL-TUWAIYRI, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) (2018-04).
GEORGE COOPER, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(BAB) (2010-12) REPLACED.
George Cooper, former (CEO) of the air services company OnAir, brings >30 years of experience to Wataniya Airways (WYA). Before joining OnAir in 2005, Mr Cooper was Vice President at (SITA), the supplier of technology services and communications to the airline industry. This followed an extensive career at British Airways (BAB), where he was a director with (BAB)’s regional operations and was Director Europe. In this role, he managed several of (BAB)’s subsidiary airlines. Before moving into business operations at British Airways (BAB), George was a pilot (FC) with the company.
CAPTAIN ADEL AL-BARJAS, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER (COO) & DIRECTOR OPERATIONS, EX-(KUW)/(JZI).
Captain Adel Al-Barjas has >30 years airline industry experience including >25 years at Kuwait Airlines (KUW) Corporation, where was a senior pilot, senior training captain and Operations Director. He was a Board Member of (ALAFCO) (ALF) for 3 years, and VP Operations at Jazeera Airways (JZI), in which he participated in its start up prior to joining Wataniya Airways (WYA).
ROBERT MENZIES, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (CFO).
Robert Menzies joined Wataniya (WYA) from Kuwait Airways Corporation (KUW), where he had the role of Deputy Finance Director. He has >12 years experience in aviation in markets, including Australia and Tonga, and has also worked extensively in SE Asia before moving to the Gulf in 2004.
JOHN MORGAN, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER (CCO) (2011-02).
PAUL SIES, CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER, (CCO) (2008-06), RESIGNED 2010-01.
Paul Sies joined the Executive management team of Wataniya (WYA) from a role as Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) for Center Parcs Europe. Previously, he had worked in a number of senior commercial management and non executive roles in the airline industry in Europe since 1991, including 5 years as Commercial Director for Virgin Express from 2000 to 2005.
CHANDRASEKHAR NENE, CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER (CIO), EX-(KFH)/(JPL)/(KEN)/(SAQ) (2008-06).
Chandrasekhar Nene brings 30 years of expertise in Information Technology (IT) and systems to his role at Wataniya Airways (WYA). His aviation experience includes senior roles at Jet Airways (JPL), Kenya Airway (KEN), Sahara Air (SAQ) and most recently Kingfisher Airlines (KFH) in India before moving to Kuwait.
JOE GHAZAL, DIRECTOR MARKETING.
MAHMOUD AL AZZAM, DIRECTOR INTERNATIONAL SALES.