LONDON – Kuwait-based carrier, Jazeera Airways, has announced a new route connecting Kuwait and Chinese city Xian, Western China’s 3rd largest city, in a network extension. The route is set to begin on September 19th.
Kuwait to China, direct
On September 18th, Kuwaiti carrier Jazeera Airways (J9) announced a new route connecting Kuwait (KWI) with the Western Chinese city of Xian (XIY).
With flights operating every fortnight initially, Jazeera (J9) aims to be moving to a weekly service in the not-so-distant future. The flights between the two cities will contain a maintenance stop in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan (FRU), where they will be refuelled before continuing the journey both to and from Xian Xianyang Int’l Airport (XIY) and Kuwait Int’l Airport (KWI).
The aircraft utilized for these flights will be an Airbus A320neo of Jazeera, of which they currently have 9 of in their fleet, operating alongside 8 of Jazeera’s Airbus A320ceos.
A milestone for Jazeera
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jazeera, Rohit Ramachandran, said in a press statement about the announcement:- “This a real milestone for Jazeera to be flying all the way to the People’s Republic of China. Commercial ties between Kuwait and China have been growing and we see a positive outlook for developing our network further into the region.”
The flight number and schedule go as follows:
- J9-621 KWI-FRU-XIY
- Departs for FRU at 06:20 local Kuwait time – Arrives FRU at 13:05 local Kyrgyzstan time
- Departs for XIY at 13:50 local Kyrgyzstan time – Arrives XIY at 20:30 local Chinese time
- J9-622 XIY-FRU-KWI
- Departs for FRU at 22:30 local Chinese time – Arrives FRU at 02:05 local Kyrgyzstan time
- Departs for KWI at 02:50 local Kyrgyzstan time – Arrives KWI at 04:10 local Kuwait time
Jazeera’s fleet and destinations
Since Jazeera Airways (J9) was established in 2004, they have come a long way regarding fleet size and destination chart since the airline commenced operations in late October of 2005.
The airline started operations with a fleet of A320-200ceos and served a number of destinations in the Middle East from its Kuwait (KWI) hub.
I 2019 Jazeera (J9) launched their first direct flight to the United Kingdom, operating their brand new fleet of Airbus A320neo covered in their distinct multi-blue livery, to London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW).
There are currently 16 airframes in service with the carrier, these being 8 Airbus A320ceos and 8 CFM-LEAP powered Airbus A320neo’s, with a further 2 NEOs awaiting delivery to the Kuwaiti carrier.
On the waitlist for delivery is also Jazeera’s Airbus A321neos which they ordered together with even more A320neos back in February of 2022.
Route wise, Jazeera operates flights to an extensive amount of destinations in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, with some destinations being:
- Luxor, Egypt (LXR)
- Cairo, Egypt (CAI)
- Istanbul, Turkey (IST)
- Dubai, UAE (DXB)
- Mumbai, India (BOM)
It will be hard to say whether this route will do well or not, as we are yet to hear how longed-for flights to China from Kuwait are, especially to the Xian province in Western China.
If it turns out to be a great demand for these types of destinations, however, Jazeera CEO Rohit Ramachandran didn’t block out the possibility of looking out for even more flights to other destinations in the area.