The Dragon will Rise: A tribute to Sendai, Japan

I’ve been saddened to see the news of the earthquake/tsunami that occurred on March 11th, 2011 to Sendai, Japan. I really felt awful to see such a catastrophe occurring to peaceful people. Unlike most fanatic Muslims, I don’t believe that what happened is a curse of God or whatever interpretation religious idiots would like to call it. This is a natural disaster and it happens to everyone, regardless of gender, race or religion. I just hate it when people try to stick God’s name in everything, good or bad.

Dropping such idiotic arguments, I still pray for the safety of the Japanese people from the radiation of the Fukushima reactors and hope everything gets better for our Japanese friends. I was really hoping to see Japan this year, but I guess it could wait till things get better and safer. To all my Japanese friends, colleagues and general population, you are in my prayers. Like you always say: Ganbatte!! God Bless you!

Lunardream: The Frequent Renter

Hi there. OK, this is the 3rd part in series of my Frequent Traveler series showoff of FFP cards such as Airlines and Hotels. This post is about the frequent driver programs I’m participating in currently.

Budget Fastbreak

Avis Preferred

Sixt Express

Sixt Express (Gold)

Hertz #1 Club (Gold)

The Final duel

Since the beginning of this year and I’ve been going through a very hard time. Early of January my father passed away, and I’ve been going through a tough time at work where I’m surrounded by a bunch of sectarian racist assholes. It’s very unfortunate that I’ve spent around 9 years of my life working for Kuwait and Ministry of Electricity and Water with honesty and walked the straight path, just like my father raised me to. But then, you always get slapped in the end by some brainless, good-for-nothing pieces of shit who get promoted instead of you and start bossing you around. I think after all of these years, I’ve had enough of them motherfuckers.

Hopefully, within days I’m gonna get what I deserve to be and worked hard to get, and gonna jump ships like it’s the sinking Titanic and let them rats drown in their own failures. That day is very near.

“Revenge is a dish best served cold” – Russian Proverb

 

The Rise and Fall of Wataniya Airways

Almost a week ago, Wataniya Airways posted on its main website that it’s suspending all its flights starting from March 16th, 2011 due to heavy losses and an immediate call for the board to look into the future of the company. This news hit me hard, as a big fan of Wataniya Airways. I’ve enjoyed the growth of this airline through expansion and launching a frequent flyer program, but nonetheless it should be noted that everyone had major objections on how the company was running its business. Unfortunately, some of what I’m going to say could be true but it’s summarized from lots of global frequent flyers who looked into the issue of the Rise and fall of Wataniya Airways. I would like to mention some that I feel related to and believe in.

  • The airline started as a premium luxury airline, then shifted into the round-the-clock promo offers just to sell off seats. None knew the actual state of the Wataniya Airways, was it still a premium or shifted into the cheap jet services?
  • Very weird set of destinations. Started off with some luxury spots in the Middle East, ignored South-West Asia and set their eyes on Europe, very bad move. They should have focused their eyes on getting all the routes for the GCC countries, the Middle East to establish good customer base and make up for the annual losses.
  • Code-share with Austrian Airlines was very pricey, since a lot preferred to take on Emirates, Qatar Airways rather than have the connection at VIE airport in Austria.
  • Cancellation of important routes, majorly the BAH which is sold daily for businessmen and Kuwaiti students. Very bad move.
  • Late introduction of the business class, when it should have been done in the beginning. They had only First and economy and F class wasn’t really first, it was truly J class. So, to let businessmen travel on J class, they had to late introduce such and cancel the F class. Amateur move and very late.
  • The Silver/Gold Diwan members or F class ticket holders enjoyed the distinguished services only at Sheikh Saad Airport in KWI and some other airports, meanwhile you get nothing for example in Turkey. My cousin wasn’t even allowed to enter the lounge in Sabiha Gokcen International Airport SAW because Wataniya Airways didn’t get into arrangement to share the lounge with Turkish Airlines.

In the end, I just hope that they would recover from this mishap and learn from their mistakes and I’d love to see them back in the blue skies once again! All the best wishes for Wataniya Airways to rise like a phoenix from the ashes!

PS: here are some of my earlier related posts about Wataniya Airways, its experience and Wataniya Diwan Frequent Flyer Program