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Kuwait's premium carrier takes receipt of Airbus

Wataniya Airways starts twice daily scheduled flights to Dubai next week - Jan. 24.

Kuwait’s Wataniya Airways commenced local operations on Friday with the arrival of its brand new A320 Airbus from France, ready for the carrier’s first scheduled flights next week.

The plane’s arrival at Sheikh Saad Terminal, formerly the Royal Terminal, adjacent to Kuwait International Airport, is seen as a tremendous milestone in Kuwait's aviation history.

The carrier is the first premium airline in the country and will carry out two daily flights to Dubai, repoted Kuwait daily the Kuwait Times.

“It was an immensely proud moment for all of us who have been committed to this project from the start to see our first aircraft land and taxi at the Sheikh Saad Terminal," said Abdul Salam Al-Bahar, chairman of Wataniya Airways.

The airline has recruited 31 pilots and 51 cabin crew who have undergone three months of intensive training in Kuwait before traveling to Toulouse, where the Airbus is made, for additional training before flying home.

”This historic day marks the culmination of extensive planning and hard work and dedication from the Wataniya Airways team and I am proud that we are now only days away from our inaugural commercial flight that will offer the best possible travel experience both on the ground and in the air," said George Cooper, the airline's CEO.

Wataniya Airways will begin operations on Jan 24. It is the first commercial carrier to operate from Sheikh Saad Terminal and plans to add further flights to more popular destinations shortly.

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