Jazeera Airways, the airline that broke Kuwait’s 50-year dependency on a single airline, says that it has flown more than 100,000 travelers in its first four months of operations, bringing it closer to its 1,000,000 traveler target for 2006. The airline, which took its first flight on October 30, 2005 from Kuwait to Dubai, is the first private and non-subsidized airline in the Middle East.
Its entry introduced, low-fares travel, 24-hour online booking and payment, seat reservation at the time of booking, and sms book -making it the fifth airline in the world and the first in the Middle East to introduce this service.
Jazeera Airways Chairman and CEO, Marwan Boodai, said, ‘Reaching 100,000 travelers in our first four months of operations proves the success of our formula in Kuwait and the Region.’
‘Our formula meets the needs of travelers on short haul trips who value on-time performance more than seats that turn into beds, healthy light sandwiches and snacks more than heavy meals, and a smiling crew who encourage travelers to call them by their first names,’ he said.
Hubbed out of Kuwait, the new national airline flies to five destinations in the Gulf and the Levant. It is scheduled to expand its network to include North Africa and the Indian subcontinent with the induction of two brand new Airbus A320s in the summer of 2006.
Jazeera Airways currently operates two brand new Airbus A320s that were delivered in October and November of 2005, and has confirmed orders for eight additional brand new Airbus A320s, to be delivered over the coming years.