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Qatar Airways hightlights 'Qsuite' at Kuwait Aviation Show

Qatar Airways showcased its patented, award-winning new Business Class seat, Qsuite, for the first time in 2018 at the Kuwait Aviation Show, along with the airline’s ultra-modern extra-wide body Airbus A350-900. Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, led a VIP tour of the airline’s Qsuite-fitted Boeing 777 on Wednesday. VIPs in attendance included Sheikh Mohammad Al-Ab...

Falcon Aviation and Leonardo Helicopters partner for new helicopter offshore and onshore contract for Kuwait Oil Company

Falcon Aviation, one of the UAE’s leading aviation companies specialising in business aviation services, charter and aircraft management, confirmed today (17th January 2018) at the Kuwait Aviation Show that three new Leonardo AW169 helicopters (signed for at the recent Dubai Airshow) will be deployed on a five-year contract with The Kuwait Oil Company (KOC).  The helicopters will p...

Kuwait Ministry of Defence orders 30 H225M Caracal helicopters

Airbus Helicopters has signed a contract with the Kuwait Ministry of Defence for the purchase of 30 H225M Caracal multirole utility helicopters as well as an associated support and services package, during the visit of the French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian to Kuwait today.  “We are greatly honored that the Kuwait Ministry of Defence has chosen the H225M Caracal as the best p...

Kuwait Airways retires 1,350 Kuwaiti nationals, targets profitability

Loss-making Kuwait Airways has let go of 1,350 Kuwaiti nationals during the last two years, part of a plan to cut costs and return to profit by 2019, the chief executive of the state-owned carrier told Reuters on Thursday. The airline has struggled to recover from Iraq’s 1990-91 invasion of Kuwait. Complex bureaucratic procedures have further sidelined it from the boom in Gulf aviation ov...

Jazeera Airways Eyes Long-Haul Venture

Kuwaiti low-cost carrier Jazeera Airways could set up a long-haul service with a foreign partner as an alternative to buying a stake in national carrier Kuwait Airways. Jazeera Chairman Marwan Boodai told Reuters news agency he would still prefer a stake in loss-making Kuwait Airways, but that he was preparing an alternative strategy. "Plan 'B' is tying up with an international...

PAL launches flights to Kuwait

Philippine Airlines’ inaugural flight to Kuwait marked the start of the flag carrier’s route network expansion for 2016. The send-off ceremony held at the NAIA Terminal 2 last Sunday (January 17) was attended by PAL President and Chief Operating Officer Jaime J. Bautista and Kuwaiti Ambassador to the Philippines Waleed Ahmad Al Kandari. Joining them were, from l...

Kuwait Airways cancels key route to avoid US anti-discrimination law

The alternative was for the airline to end its policy of discriminating against Israeli passengers. “The US Department of Transportation will not tolerate unlawful discrimination, and has mandated that the airline immediately cease that practice and allow Israeli passengers to travel between the US and London,” Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. With the termination of servic...

Kuwait Airways Network Update

In line with Kuwait Airways’ phased commercial strategy to enhance its network and schedule, the airline is announcing the suspension of its services carrying passengers between London Heathrow and New York’s JFK airport. The airline is also cancelling all direct services between Kuwait and Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Sohag, and Alexandria with effect from 28th March 2016. As i...

Boodai Aviation Group launches new booking platform

Boodai Aviation Group has launched its new booking platform, 3otolat.com, which is considered the largest local online booking website in Kuwait. The announcement came during a gala dinner held in Symphony Hotel attended by Airlines and big corporate managers and representatives from the tourism and media sectors. The Group’s CEO, Monzer Najia declared in this occasion that launching this we...

Kuwait Airways withdraws from London-New York market

Kuwait Airways is withdrawing from the New York JFK-London Heathrow market after the US Department of Transportation (DOT) ruled against the carrier in a discrimination case brought by an Israeli citizen earlier this year. Though the Kuwaiti carrier will continue to operate a 3x weekly New York JFK-Kuwait via London Heathrow service, it is no longer accepting passengers for the UK-US secto...

Jazeera Airways Group announces Q3 earnings, reports 11.7% rise in year-to-date net profit

Jazeera Airways today announced its third quarter financial results. The company recorded a 2.4% rise in net profit for the quarter, bringing its nine-month net profit to KD14.5 million, reflecting an 11.7% increase over the same period last year. Q3 Financial Highlights:  ● Operating revenue: KD21.0 million, less 0.9% from Q3 2014 ● Operating profit: KD8.5 million, up 14.9% from Q3 2014...

DOT Orders Kuwait Airways to Stop Discriminating Against Israelis

The Transportation Department threatened legal action Thursday against Kuwait Airways for refusing to sell tickets to Israelis. The department ordered the airline to "cease and desist from refusing to transport Israeli citizens between the U.S. and any third country where they are allowed to disembark," according to a letter from Blane Workie, the department's assistant gener...