Wataniya Airways Cargo Takes Off
Wataniya Airways Kuwait’s premium service carrier, commenced cargo operations on the 1st of November 2009 by offering the same premium service product to its cargo clients that is already enjoyed by its established passenger base. Wataniya Airways Cargo’s aim is to match and exceed the service levels of its regional competitors.
Finlay McArthur, Network Cargo Manager said “We are a premium service airline operating A320 aircraft from Kuwait to eight major destinations in the Gulf and the Middle East. In order to maximize the cargo opportunities on our A320 fleet, it is essential that we match the type of cargo carried to the service levels we offer. With this in mind we have teamed up with Heavyweight Air Express as Network GSSA who have considerable experience in the kind of service and operations we have developed and now offer to the market. ‘
McArthur added: - “As a carrier we have a unique advantage in operating from our own dedicated terminal within Kuwait International Airport. This means we can enhance the service levels we offer in order to add value to our customers supply chain. We intend to build on attracting key players in the Air Express and Perishable market sectors where we can offer tailor made exclusive services. With an average of a 45 minute turn around at most of our network airports, we have developed new working practices and have managed to create a smooth and speedy operation on the ground that delivers the unique service that our clients have demanded”.
In just over one month from the start of its cargo services Wataniya Airways has already uplifted over 180 tonnes, with only half the network open for cargo services.
Neville Karai Director of Heavyweight Air Express stated: - “We are delighted to have partnered with Wataniya Airways to help them establish and market this new cutting edge cargo product across the Middle East. Our first month performance surpassed all our expectations and we look to continue to build on this success into 2010. Our aim is to build a competitive and sustainable business solution that will continue to take our industry forward”