23 September, 2019

Jazeera Airways wants to operate a route from London to Bangkok on an Airbus A321neoLR

Jazeera Airways, the budget carrier from Kuwait has confirmed it wants to operate a long-haul route from London Heathrow to Bangkok in Thailand using Airbus A321neoLR jets.

Airline founder, Marwan Boodai, confirmed the desire in interviews over the last few days, “The XLR would be a natural progression. - When you go east you get a much wider market. You can reach Thailand and Manila and many other destinations with a high density that we can serve best as a low-cost carrier.” 

The airline also may introduce other long-haul routes using the type from London to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China, with brief stops at its Kuwait hub home base. Jazeera is already adding a route between Kuwait and London with A320neo aircraft, one of the longest routes the type will perform. The route is scheduled to start on 27th October, with fares beginning at £299.

“We want the flexibility of a narrow-body and to be able to fill it, rather than the theoretical advantage of a wide-body,” Boodai is reported to have said,  “The A330’s seat-mile costs are attractive, but can airlines fill it with the consistency they need?”

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