In Brief


Air Arabia Abu Dhabi adds Kuwait to network

Air Arabia Abu Dhabi, the capital’s first low-cost carrier, has announced the launch of its new route from Abu Dhabi to Kuwait City. Kuwait is Air Arabia’s 26th destination served directly from the capital Abu Dhabi.

The new direct flights will connect both cities daily from Abu Dhabi International Airport to Kuwait International Airport, starting from October 31,2022.

Adel Al Ali, Group Chief Executive Officer, Air Arabia said: “We are glad to welcome Kuwait to our growing network from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The addition of Kuwait City to Air Arabia Abu Dhabi’s network reflects our commitment to support the travel and tourism sector in Abu Dhabi while providing our customers with a new and affordable option to travel between both cities.”

The aircraft is configured with 174 seats and provides added comfort with one of the most generous seat-pitch of any economy cabin. The aircraft is also equipped with SkyTime, a free in-flight streaming service that allows passengers to stream a wide selection of entertainment directly to their devices.


Vistara inaugurates Abu Dhabi service

Vistara, India’s finest full-service carrier and a joint venture of Tata group and Singapore Airlines, has inaugurated non-stop, daily flights between Mumbai (India) and Abu Dhabi (UAE). The inaugural flight departed from Mumbai at 1910 Hours (IST) and arrived in Abu Dhabi at 2040 Hours (GST), making Vistara the first-ever carrier to offer the choice of Premium Economy class on the route, in addition to Business and Economy class.

Commenting on the start of the new international route, Mr. Vinod Kannan, Chief Executive Officer, Vistara, said, “We have been steadily strengthening our presence in the UAE and the rest of the Gulf region, and are excited to add Abu Dhabi to our growing international network… We are confident that travellers will appreciate the choice of flying India and South Asia’s best airline on this route.”


RJ to introduce 20 Airbus A320neos into fleet

Royal Jordanian reached agreement with Airbus to introduce 20 new factory-built Airbus A320neo family aircraft to its fleet, replacing its current 13 A320ceo aircraft family fleet in service. This is in line with the airline’s strategic plan to modernize its narrow-body fleet of aircraft that would serve its core destinations in the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. It is part of the airline’s plan to increase the total fleet size from today’s 24 to over 40 aircraft in the coming 3-5 years.

RJ Vice Chairman/CEO Samer Majali said that the company’s 5-year growth strategy (2023-2028), further boosts its positioning as the preferred air carrier in the Levant, promoting Amman as the leading gateway in the region and Jordan as a remarkable tourism destination. The plan is flexible in allowing the continuous restructuring of the airline’s route network, enhancing its connectivity, and improving the quality of the service offerings at all touch points, in a concerted effort to make passengers’ experience even more comfortable and convenient.


Wizz Air Abu Dhabi expands fleet

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, an ultra-low-fare airline of the UAE, has added the fifth Airbus A321neo aircraft to its fleet and has launched its latest routes to Ankara, Turkey’s capital and the second most populous city in the country. The flight to Ankara will commence on January 19, 2023 and will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with fares starting at Dh149 ($40.5).  

Michael Berlouis, Managing Director of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi said: “We look forward to expanding Wizz Air Abu Dhabi operations even further by adding Ankara to our ever-growing network. The new route will be operated by our fifth state-of-the-art Airbus A321neo aircraft which has been added to our fleet. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi continue to play a pivotal role in contributing to the growth of the UAE’s travel and tourism sector and connecting its capital with many marvellous destinations.”