The Pleasure Of Flying

Flatly I want Wataniya Airlines back!

For local travel within the region there wasn’t an airline that could beat its price for comfort package, and the airport was so convenient that every other factor was minimized in comparison. Many people including myself are sick of Kuwait Airport, its a jungle and its frustrating getting to the planes when at Wataniya Airlines it was so easy and enjoyable it didn’t feel like you were in an airport. I got my starbucks, went to the lounge, sat down and relaxed before the flight.

These days I dread having these impromptu meetings in all different areas. I have to check Emirates, Middle East Airlines, Gulf Air, Jazeera, Royal Jordanian and any other airline thats going in the direction that I am going. I got used to only being at the airport 30 to 45 minutes before the flight, and now we are back to leaving the home 2 hours before the flight just to be sure I make it or nothing stops us.

I’m not the biggest fan of Jazeera since they treat their customers like cattle and if they could charge you extra for being a big guy then they would. Surprisingly Jazeera increased their prices from 20 to 60% for many of the desitionations right after Wataniya Airways made their anouncement. They still have their deals but it isn’t what it used to be, and its not like they aren’t making a lot of money with all the ridiculous amount of extra fees.

There is still hope for Wataniya Airways yet, and this is just a rumor that Wataniya Airywas will be coming back in different form. A lot of employees have found new jobs after leaving Wataniya because they didn’t know what their job status was and I’m assuming there is going to be a lot of legal issues going on with them. Wataniya Airways is now a nonoperating Airline but they aren’t going to be bought out, what they are trying to do is bid to buy Kuwait Airways. Wataniya Airways have 7 planes, 3 or 4 parked in Kuwait at Sheikh Saad Airport and the rest in Amaan Jordan, and they will have to pay $70 Million to Alafco as part of their lease payments for these planes, and that doesn’t include the other incuring expenses. The rule that has been stipulated in the bid for Kuwait Airways is that who ever bids for Kuwait Airways can’t be an operating airlines, and the government is reaching the final stages to put Kuwait Airways for a bid. So the step Wataniya Airways took is so they would be in prime position to buy out Kuwait Airways, and if they do take over then it would be a fantastic development. I really don’t have a clue how this is going to work out or how long it takes, but I hope it happens soon and I do hope that they take over Kuwait Airways.

A guy who is just trying to enjoy life!

6 Comments

  1. it would be great to privatize Kuwait Airways.
    let’s just hope that happens very soon

  2. i heard today that wataniya airways IS back, they are apparently flying to very limited locations, is this true?? and how can we find out.. the site is still offline

  3. oh my, I never knew that you can’t be an “operating airline” to bid for Kuwait Airways, that puts many things in prospective on the time they took the decision to stop operating, and not wanting to raise capital by KIPCO..

    Something is cooking big time

  4. lulz

    wow, viral markting for the win

    first thing , they have to pay like $60 million to Alafco and alos pay the bills for kuwait airline and emirates workshop then then they should think about KA takeover

    and if they actually take Kuwait airline that would be the biggest steal in kuwait history … biggest

  5. I miss it too! It was so convenient and quite professional. And like you mentioned, Kuwait Airport is a zoo. It really is embarrassing to even call it our own!

  6. I too miss them and wish they would come back. But I agree with the third comment. Someone is cooking and the oven is on full blast :)

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