Kuwait Airways, the flag carrier of the country, was established in 1954 following the oil boom in 1940s. Back then, Kuwait Airways flights were serving a limited air route, connecting cities of Beirut, Abadan, Jerusalem and Damascus. Later, the central government of Kuwait acquired 50 per cent shares in the airline followed by 100 percent acquisition. In 1962, Kuwait Airways started its services by taking jet-propelled aircraft, Comet 4-C, in lease. During the era of 1960, Kuwait Airways added more flights to its schedule and expanded its route map to offer air tickets to London. With the advancement in the aviation industry, Kuwait Airways went on to acquire three Boeing 707 in 1968 and had an all Boeing 707 fleet with 8 aircrafts by 1978. The gradual expansion of fleet allowed the airline to serve many destinations across the world. The national airline of Kuwait is planning to expand its route map to include over 46 countries around the world. Kuwait Airways is committed to providing best-in-class hospitality and services to its passengers. It offers online booking of flights and has low air fare, which makes it popular among passengers. The airline also ranks flight safety as one of its top priorities and was awarded the 'Best Airline for Air Safety' in 2000. - Less... + More
Destination & Services
Kuwait Airways, operating from Kuwait International Airport, offers a comprehensive schedule of flights to a number of popular destinations across Europe, Middle-East, Asia and Africa. Passengers can book air tickets to any destination from anywhere using the online booking service. Domestic Kuwait Airways flights connect various locations like Doha, Muscat, Bahrain, Beirut, Jeddah, Amman and Dammam, among others to other parts of the world. This airline also connects Kuwait to top European locations such as London, Frankfurt, Vienna, Paris, Rome and Geneva. The airline offers regular flights to Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram. Pakistan and Bangladesh are also in the network of Kuwait Airways with regular flights operating to Islamabad and Dhaka. Other international destinations served by Kuwait Airways include Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Jakarta and Colombo. The airline also flies to various African destinations like Cairo, Sohag and Addis Ababa. Kuwait Airways is also aspiring to add more and more destinations to its existing network. With more and more modern aircrafts in its fleet, Kuwait Airways is offering world-class services and hospitality to its passengers. One of the best things about Kuwait Airways is that it strives to become one of the leading low air fare airlines of the country. - Less... + More
Kuwait Airways fleet holds pride in its latest and contemporary services. As of October, 2010, the fleet size was 19 and consisted of 5 Airbus A300-600R, 3 Airbus A310-300, 3 Airbus A320-200, 14 Airbus A340-300, 1 Boeing 747-400M, and 2 Boeing 777-200ER aircrafts.
The baggage allowance policy of Kuwait Airways allows 40 kilograms of free checked baggage for First Class, 30 kilograms for Business Class, and 20 kilograms for Economic Class passengers. In addition to free baggage allowance, Kuwait Airways allows one carry-on baggage too and this must be safely stowed in the cabin of the aircraft. The carry-on baggage must fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of the passenger. The maximum size of the baggage must not exceed 23 x 36 x 56 cm (115 cm total) and the weight should not exceed 7 kgs.
Awards & Recognition
Kuwait Airways received seven awards in January, 2003 by Onboard Service Awards Magazine, in USA. The services included were Onboard Service, Onboard entertainment, Comfort, Onboard Safety, Onboard Security, Onboard Menus and Onboard Menu Service. Kuwait Airways has also been presented with the 'Best Airline for Air Safety' in 2000 by Air Safety Awards.
Kuwait Airways History
Kuwait Airlines was formed in the year 1954. Initially, the airline served limited routes like Beirut, Abadan, Jerusalem, and Damascus. However, very soon the airline was acquired by the Government of Kuwait via 50 percent stake and later to 100 percent shareholding. This brought an enhancement in the capital base after which the airline increased the destinations from four, to several other cities within Asia and Africa.