Wataniya Airways parent Kuwait National Airways Co. reported a KWD5.9 million ($20.4 million) loss in the first half of 2009. Wataniya launched flight operations on Jan. 24. The premium carrier posted 89% traffic growth in the second quarter against a 75% lift in capacity, it said, although "yields remain under pressure and below expectation." It will take delivery of its fourth 122-seat A320 in October and plans to begin serving Jeddah, its eighth destination, within the next month.

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