Jazeera Airways

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Jazeera Airways
Jazeera Airways logo.svg
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded2004; 16 years ago (2004)
HubsKuwait International Airport
Fleet size13
Parent companyBoodai Group
HeadquartersKuwait International Airport
Key peopleMarwan Boodai (Chairman) Rohit Ramachandran (CEO)

Jazeera Airways K.S.C (Arabic: طيران الجزيرة‎) is a Kuwaiti airline with its head office on the grounds of Kuwait International Airport in Al Farwaniyah Governorate, Kuwait.[1] It operates scheduled services in the Middle East, India and Europe. Its main base is Kuwait International Airport. The airline has grown since its launch to become Kuwait's second national airline. Jazeera Airways is one of the largest operators at Kuwait airport, having handled a quarter of all aircraft movements and passengers at the airport during July 2009. According to the July 2009 report issued by Kuwait Directorate General for Civil Aviation's, Jazeera Airways had the largest number of aircraft movement in the month with 1834 take-offs and landings, overpassing the second-largest carrier in aircraft movement by 4% .[2]


In 2004 the Kuwait Government permitted the establishment of the non-governmental airline firm, essentially ending Kuwait's 50-year-old dependency on Kuwait Airways. The 2004 Emiree Decree #89 established Jazeera Airways as the first airline to enter this newly liberalized industry.

Jazeera Airways raised its capital of KD 10 million (US$35 million) through an initial public offering in Kuwait that was oversubscribed 12 times.[3] The capital was doubled to KD 20 million (US$70 million) in 4Q 2007 by a second offering to existing shareholders. In May 2009, a share distribution of 10% effectively increased the capital to KD 22 million (US$77 million).

About 26% of the airline is owned by two companies affiliated with the Boodai Group: Wings Finance (9%) and Boodai Projects (17%). 6-7% is also held by Jasem M. al-Mousa Trading, a company owned by a former Minister of Public Works in the first Kuwaiti government established after the end of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait. About 17.5% is held by two real estate companies, and the rest is publicly held.[2]

Jazeera Airways started operations on 30 October 2005 with a fleet of brand new Airbus A320 aircraft, all leather seats, flying to several destinations in the Middle East.

In Q2 2009, UAE authorities requested the airline to terminate its hub operations in Dubai. This step was seen as a support to Dubai's upcoming launch of its own low-cost airline, FlyDubai. Jazeera changed its operation model by concentrating on its Kuwait hub and trying to launch a second hub somewhere else. By Q2 2010, the new model proved unprofitable as the Kuwait hub suffered from overcapacity. The airline changed its plans by cancelling many stations and parking some aircraft which were later returned to lessor.

In 2018, Jazeera Airways opened its own dedicated terminal at Kuwait International Airport. The facility is claimed to be the first owned, built and operated by a private airline in the Middle East.[4] It features a dedicated check-in hall for Jazeera passengers, Business Class lounge, direct access to Jazeera boarding gates, and a car park with 350 spaces connected by a sky bridge.


Jazeera Airways flies to destinations across the Middle East and Europe from its base in Kuwait. Since 2018, the company has expanded its available routes.

A Jazeera Airways Airbus A320 aircraft

In October 2019, Jazeera Airways launched its first flight to London, bringing the first new service from Kuwait to the UK in 55 years. It operates the flight to London Gatwick Airport's South Terminal with its newest A320neo aircraft.[5]

Dedicated terminal[edit]

In 2018, Jazeera Airways opened its own dedicated terminal at Kuwait International Airport. The facility is claimed to be the first owned, built and operated by a private airline in the Middle East.[4] It features a dedicated check-in hall for Jazeera passengers, a business class lounge, direct access to Jazeera boarding gates, and a car park with 350 spaces connected by a sky bridge.


The Jazeera Airways fleet consists of the following aircraft (as of January 2020):[6][7]

Jazeera Airways Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
Airbus A320-200 8 1[8] 12 147 159
165 165
Airbus A320neo 5[9] [10] 12 150 162 Deliveries began in 2018.
Total 13 1

The last of the A320s was delivered from Airbus on 9 January 2010.

The airline's fleet is powered by CFM56-5B engines. The airline has contracted Lufthansa Technik to maintain and service them. All Jazeera Airways aircraft are fitted with 165 leather seats, and split into two cabins: Jazeera and Jazeera Business. When Jazeera business is offered, six seats are cancelled to provide 12 Plus seats in addition to 147 Economy seats.[citation needed]

Jazeera Airways ordered 30 Airbus A320s on 18 June 2007. This was announced at the Paris Air Show bringing its total orders up to 35 Airbus A320s.

During 2010, due to the airline's change of operation plans, several aircraft were parked, and eventually, five were returned to lessor Sahaab which leased them to Virgin America and SriLankan Airlines.

In April 2011, Jazeera Airways canceled 25 of the 40 A320s it ordered in 2007. Jazeera will take delivery of four A320s still on order from 2012-2014.[11]

In 2018, Jazeera Airways took deliveries of the first Airbus A320neo aircraft in the Middle East and is putting the service on their Dubai route. In 2019 September Jazeera also planned to order A321LR. They also started their world longest A320 family route which is 6 hours from Kuwait it’s hub to London Gatwick



The airline offers business and economy class seating. The economy class seating has leather seats and shareable TV screens. Business-class seats have leather seats and personal TV screens and two seats per row.

Jazeera Airways is one of the few airlines which does not serve alcoholic beverages on its flights.[13]


On 2 August 2018, Jazeera flight (J9 608) from Kuwait caught fire in its right engine on landing at Hyderabad. All 145 passengers were evacuated safely and the fire was extinguished.[14]


  1. ^ "Interim Consolidated Financial Information (Unaudited) and Independent Auditors' Review Report Archived 2010-02-05 at the Wayback Machine." Jazeera Airways. 31 March 2009. Retrieved 23 June 2010. "Jazeera Airways K.S.C ("the Parent Company")" (3/13) and "The address of the registered address of the Parent Company is Kuwait International Airport, State of Kuwait." (9/13)
  2. ^ a b "المعلومات العامة لشركة طيران الجزيرة". Kuwait Stock Exchange. 16 February 2010. Archived from the original on 27 December 2009. Retrieved 16 February 2011.
  3. ^ Robinson, David (6 December 2005). "Low-cost Jazeera flies into town". ITP. Retrieved 28 September 2006.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ a b "Kuwait's Jazeera Airways to open new terminal in May". Gulf Business. 2018-05-15. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  5. ^ "Jazeera Airways launches London route". HMG Aerospace. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Global Airline Guide 2019 (Part One)". Airliner World (October 2019): 19.
  7. ^ "Airbus orders and deliveries". Airbus. October 2019. Archived from the original on 8 November 2019. Retrieved 8 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Kuwait's Jazeera Airways turns to lessors for fleet growth". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 6 July 2019.
  9. ^ "Kuwait's Jazeera Airways adds maiden A320neo". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  10. ^ "Kuwait's Jazeera Airways to add first A320neo in late 2Q18". ch-aviation.com. Retrieved 11 May 2018.
  11. ^ Jazeera Airways cancels orders for 25 A320s
  12. ^ "PICTURE: Jazeera Airways takes first A320neo". Flightglobal.com. 2018-06-11. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  13. ^ "Major Airlines that Don't Serve Alcohol". ShawnVoyage.
  14. ^ "Jazeera flight from Kuwait catches fire on landing at Hyderabad, passengers evacuated". Hindustan Times. 2 August 2018.

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