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Austrian Airlines team up with Wataniya airways: Codeshare flights to Beirut and Kuwait as of 31 October 2010


21. October 2010: Wataniya Airways, Kuwait’s only premium airline, and Austrian Airlines today announced they have signed code share and interline agreements.  Starting October 31st, guests will be able travel from Kuwait to Vienna International Airport and automatically transfer to onward Austrian Airways flights to European destinations using one single ticket.  An additional major benefit to Wataniya Airways guests from the new partnership agreements is their baggage when checked in at Wataniya’s exclusive Sheikh Saad Terminal in Kuwait will be automatically routed through to their final European airport arrival destination, allowing for a seamless travel experience for the guest. The agreements also allow Austrian Airlines guests to travel to Kuwait onboard Wataniya Airways.

Flight schedule Vienna - Kuwait- Vienna (local times)

 Flight No.  Days of operation   Departure  Arrival
 OS 8052 / KW 641  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday  Vienna 8.40 a.m.  Kuwait 12.20 p.m.
 OS 8051 / KW 642  Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday  Kuwait 01.15 p.m  Vienna 08.00 p.m.

Flight schedule Vienna -Beirut- Vienna (local times)

 Flight No.  Days of operation   Departure     Arrival 
 OS 8055 / KW 646  Wednesday, Friday, Sunday   Vienna 05.15 p.m.   Beirut 09.40 p.m.
 OS 8056 / KW 645  Wednesday, Friday, Sunday   Beirut 01.55 p.m.   Vienna 04.15 p.m.

Abdulsalam Al Bahar, Wataniya Airways Chairman and Managing Director, said in a press conference today announcing the new partnership: “We are absolutely delighted to make this important and strategic announcement today.  Our single-minded focus is to provide the very best services possible to our guests and we couldn’t have found a better partner than Austrian Airlines. Today is certainly another important and significant step forward for Wataniya Airways and for its loyal guests

“Since we launched regular direct flights to Vienna in 2010, the service has become one of our most popular routes.  Vienna is at the very heart of Europe and, with less than two hours transit time at Vienna International Airport to other European destinations, it is an ideal gateway for our valued guests.  Our new code share and interline agreements with Austrian Airlines means our guests can now travel with greater convenience and comfort to a much larger number of European cities and destinations than ever before.”

Andreas Bierwirth, member of the Executive Board of Austrian Airlines said: “We are very pleased to have partnered with Wataniya Airways. We believe this is an ideal partnership for Austrian Airlines and Wataniya Airways, allowing both our companies to provide a broader choice of services and destinations to our valued clientele in Europe and the Middle East.” Wataniya Airways operates three weekly flights between Vienna International Airport and their exclusive Sheikh Saad Terminal in Kuwait, The nineteen new destinations the agreement adds to Wataniya Airways’ route list features such cities as London, Paris, Milan, Zurich, Geneva, Brussels, Sofia, Prague and many more. Wataniya Airways is introducing its new code share agreement with attractive lead-in fares starting from KD99 return.     

In addition, on 31st Oct Wataniya Airways will be also launching further direct codeshare flights between Beirut and Vienna with Austrian Airlines, allowing Wataniya Airways’ guests in Beirut to travel to seven new destinations from Beirut to Vienna and beyond.    

From Kuwait, guests wishing to travel on Wataniya Airways can book tickets by logging on to or by calling the Kuwait Guest Contact Centre on 118 or +965 24379999, or by making a reservation through their preferred travel agent.  

From Vienna, tickets can be booked through AVIAREPS Airline Management Service office located in Argentinierstrasse 2/4, 1040 - Vienna, or call Guest Contact Centre on +43 1 585 36 32 65. Bookings can also be made through visiting the airline’s website.  

About Wataniya Airways  

Wataniya Airways, Kuwait’s only premium service airline, commenced operations in January 2009 with point-to-point connections across the Middle East. Flying to numerous GCC, Arab, and European destinations with more destinations to follow, Wataniya Airways offers advantageous services and schedules geared to the specific demands of discerning travellers flying to and from Kuwait. Operating seven A320 aircraft with only 122 seats, Wataniya Airways offers passengers more comfort and space than any other scheduled airline within the same aircraft class. BusinessFirst offers industry leading comfort, utility, dedicated business facilities and personal service, while Premium Economy delivers business class ease and comfort for economy guests. In Kuwait, Wataniya Airways operates from Sheikh Saad Terminal, delivering unprecedented levels of exclusivity, convenience, and efficiency on the ground to all its guests.

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About Austrian Airlines

Austrian Airlines is Austria’s largest carrier and offers a global route network of round 130 destinations. In Central and Eastern Europe, the route network is particularly dense: With 44 destinations Austrian Airlines is the market leader throughout the region. Thanks to its favourable geographical location at the heart of Europe, the company’s hub at Vienna International Airport is the ideal gateway between East and West. Austrian Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group, Europe’s largest airline group, and a member of the Star Alliance, the first global alliance of international airlines.  

For Media Information, please contact:

Dina Sabry
Account Manager
Hill & Knowlton Middle East
Tel: 00 965 22331 770

Jassim AlQames
Head of Public Relations
Wataniya Airways
Tel: +965 24379900 Ext 206

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