Jazeera Airways recently marked its first ‘J9 1’ flight to London, which was serviced by the Kuwaiti carrier’s newest A320neo aircraft.
The flight represented the first new service to the UK from Kuwait in 55 years.
In light of the occasion, a press conference was held ahead of take off at the Jazeera Terminal 5 at Kuwait International Airport.
Speaking at the event was Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the State of Kuwait, HE Michael Davenport MBE: “We are proud of this new service made possible by the new Air Services Agreement signed last year between Britain and Kuwait. The launch coincides with our celebration to mark 120th anniversary of the Kuwaiti-British Treaty of Friendship.
“Britain and Kuwait are long-lasting partners, allies and friends, as we continue to broaden and deepen our relations in areas such as energy, education, healthcare and security. Trade and investment between our two countries are flourishing. The private sector in both countries have a big role to play in supporting these growing relations,” Daveport added.
He explained that more Kuwaitis (over 6,000) are studying at British universities than ever before, while Britain is the most popular travel destination for residents of Kuwait.
“For many Kuwaitis, Britain’s cities are a second home – not only London but Manchester, Cardiff, Milton Keynes and Glasgow. Last year, we welcomed over 150,000 Kuwaiti in Britain,” he added.
Also commenting was chairman, Jazeera Airways, Marwan Boodai: “We are proud to mark our expansion in 2019 with flights to London, served with our new A320neo aircraft. London Gatwick will be served with four flights a week and frequency will increase to daily flights in December. We also continue to expand with flights to new underserved or never served destinations from the Middle East, including destinations in Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, KSA, UAE and more. On behalf of our airline, I take this opportunity to thank the DGCA, and our partners in Kuwait and abroad for their continued support.”
The A320neo is a single-aisle aircraft that incorporates the CFM LEAP-1A engines and fuel-saving wingtip devices (Sharklets). It offers savings in fuel burn, additional payload, increased range, lower operating costs and significant reduction in engine noise and CO2 emissions below the current industry standard.
The aircraft allows for an increased range to destinations that are located five to six hours away.