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About Kuwait Airways

Kuwait Airways is the national airline of Kuwait, who has its head office and main hub based in Kuwait International Airport.

The airline operates scheduled international services throughout the Middle East, Asia, Europe and North America, with the aim to re-establish its network to reach over 46 countries around the world.

The airline was founded in 1954, making it one of the oldest airlines in the Middle East. During its founding years, it was known as Kuwait National Airways and flew to limited Middle Eastern destinations such as Jerusalem, Abadan and Damascus. It changed its name in July 1955 to Kuwait Airways and later became 100% wholly owned by the Government of Kuwait.

The airline is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization, and also has codeshare agreements with Ethiopian Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Yemenia and Alitaila.

Kuwait Airways Destinations

As an international airline, Kuwait Airways flies to over 20 countries and over 35 destinations across the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. The airline also aims to increase this to over 45 destinations, within the coming years.

Domestic Destinations

Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport (KWI)

International Destinations

Austria Vienna Vienna International Airport (VIE)
Azerbaijan Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport (GYD)
Bahrain Manama Bahrain International Airport (BAH)
Bangladesh Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport (DAC)
Bulgaria Varna Varna Airport (VAR)
Cyprus Larnaca Larnaca International Airport (LCA)
Egypt Alexandria Borg El Arab Airport (HBE)
Egypt Cairo Cairo International Airport (CAI)
Egypt Sharm El Sheikh Sharm El Sheikh International Airport (SSH)
Egypt Sohag Sohag International Airport (HMB)
France Paris Paris Charles de Gaulle International Airport (CDG)
Georgia Tbilisi Tbilisi International Airport (TBS)
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport (FRA)
Germany Munich Munich Airport (MUC)
India Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (AMD)
India Bangalore Kempegowda International Airport (BLR)
India Chennai Chennai International Airport (MAA)
India Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)
India Kochi Cochin International Airport (COK)
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM)
India Thiruvananthapuram Trivandrum International Airport (TRV)
Iran Mashhad Mashhad International Airport (MHD)
Iran Tehran Tehran Imam Khomeini International Airport (IKA)
Italy Milan Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP)
Italy Rome Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport (FCO)
Jordan Amman Queen Alia International Airport (AMM)
Lebanon Beirut Beirut–Rafic Hariri International Airport (BEY)
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport (MCT)
Pakistan Islamabad Islamabad International Airport (ISB)
Pakistan Lahore Allama Iqbal International Airport (LHE)
Philippines Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport (MNL)
Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport (DOH)
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport (DMM)
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)
Saudi Arabia Medina Prince Mohammad Bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED)
Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid International Airport (RUH)
Saudi Arabia Ta'if Ta'if Regional Airport (TIF)
Spain Málaga Málaga Airport (AGP)
Sri Lanka Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
Switzerland Geneva Geneva Airport (GVA)
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK)
Turkey Bodrum Milas–Bodrum Airport (BJV)
Turkey Istanbul Istanbul Airport (IST)
Turkey Trabzon Trabzon Airport (TZX)
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport (DXB)
United Kingdom London London Heathrow International Airport (LHR)
United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)

Kuwait Airways Baggage

Carry-on Baggage

Hand luggage for Kuwait Airways is different for each travel class for its weight. The size of any piece of cabin baggage, however, should not exceed the dimensions of 56 x 46 x 25 cm. In addition to the following hand baggage allowances, each passenger is allowed a personal item, of items such as a handbag, briefcase, umbrells, blanket, camera or reading material.

Royal Class

1 x 11kg

First Class

1 x 11kg

Business Class

1 x 11kg

Economy Class

1 x 7kg

Checked Baggage

The weight and number of items for checked baggage is determined by the class flying of the passenger. In addition to the following allowances, passengers who are part of the Oasis Club may be entitled to additional items of baggage.

Royal Class

3 x 32kg pieces

First Class

3 x 32kg pieces

Business Class

2 x 32kg pieces

Economy Class

2 x 23kg pieces

Excess Baggage

Passengers may be subject to additional charges if they have more than their allocated baggage allowance. This means that if there are additional pieces, weight or oversized baggage, you will have to pay for them at the airport.

Kuwait Airways Check In Information

Online Check-in

Passengers can check in online from the comfort of their own home between 24 hours and 3 hours before the flight departure time. To do this, head to the online check in service on the airline's website and follow the directions to check in online, view and change your seats, and print or download your e-ticket/boarding pass. For this service, you will need your flight number, destination, family name, booking confirmation and passport information.

Airport Check-in

If you are unable to check-in for your flight online, you can do so upon arrival at the airport. Please be aware that each airport and flight has different check-in opening times, so be sure to check the time for your flight on the airline website, so that you do not miss the check-in deadline. Generally, the airports open their check-in desks around 3 hours before your flight, and close them around 1 hour before departure time.

Kuwait Airways Class Information

On most of its services, Kuwait Airways only have three classes of travel; Economy, Business and First. However, on the flights that operate with the Boeing 777-300 aircraft, there is an additional class called Royal Class.

Economy Class

Kuwait Economy Class offers comfortable settings with a range of facilities to enjoy for the budget traveller.

Economy Class Facilities

Kuwait Airways Economy Class facilities include entertainment options, with up-to-date films and music that can be played on the entertainment systems placed on the rear of seats.

Hot meals are available as a starter, main and dessert and a selection of beverages. You can choose from three halal meals, and there is no pork available due to religious reasons. Breakfast is also provided with a pastry, coffee, tea two hours before your arrival.

Baggage for economy class passengers is the least for all classes, but is still very generous. See above for the 'Baggage' section for more details and specifications.

A blanket and pillow are also included in Economy Class.

The service in economy are well-trained and friendly, meaning the whole experience in economy is comfortable and enjoyable.

Economy Class Seating

Seating in economy is comfortable and the individual seat selection can be requested at check-in for a small fee. You can also request an extra seat if you are carrying musical instruments or various other elements. The extra seat request will be charged.

Business Class

Business Class Facilities

Before flying, relax in the exclusive business lounge. On-board, make the most of complementary services, including movies, meals and beverages.

Business Class Seating

Relax in your comfortable seats, an upgrade from Economy. Complimentary amenities include blankets, headsets for viewing movies, and sleeping​ blinds.

First Class

If you wish to upgrade your ticket to Business or First Class, you should contact a KAC sales office or at the KAC sales counter at the airport.

First Class Facilities

First Class get all the amenities of Business Class, such as the airport lounge and premium meals, beverages and blankets for the plane. In addition, Kuwait Airways offers Limousine Services to first class passengers at London Airport.

First Class Seating

Enjoy your privacy in enclosed suites, relax in your fully reclinable seat with luxurious Arabic coffee.

Royal Class

The Royal Class is the airline's own name for its long-haul first class.

Royal Class Facilities

Passengers travelling in Royal Class can get all of the above in First Class, as well as a dedicated check-in line at the airport for fast-tracked services. At the airport, passengers will also have access to the First Class Lounge, with drinks, snacks and buffet available. Passengers can enjoy the attentive staff in Royal Class, with a high ratio of staff to passenger.

Food in Royal Class is of the most optimum quality and taste, with options for main course to suit your taste.

Royal Class Seating

Passengers enjoy a private suite on board the plane, with large and comfortable leather chairs which can recline.

Kuwait Airways In Flight Entertainment

Kuwait Airways offers complimentary music and movies on board its flights as well as magazines and newspapers.

There is a wide range of music options, with complete albums from many genres including pop with artists such as Beyonce and Bruno Mars.

There are a mixture of Hollywood new-releases on board the plane, alone with some Middle-Eastern films and childrens films, to suit all audiences.

TV episodes to choose from include Arabic Comedy and Dramas, American Cartoons, Documentaries, Comedy classics, Filipino TV shows and lots of Kuwait TV shows.

In-flight Food

Meal Options

Kuwait Airways offer complimentary meals on their flights. What is offered will depend on the flight duration, departure time and destination. A standard menu is offered to passengers on board the plane, so passengers will not be able to view their meal before flying.

Special Dietary Requirements

Kuwait Airways offer passengers with special dietary needs the ability to order a special meal. Special meals must be ordered at the time of booking, online via the Kuwait Airways website allowing plenty of time before flying or by contacting Alternative Airlines customer service team. All meals served onboard are halal meals.The following is a list of all special meals available to order for religious, dietary or medical reasons:

  • Bland Meal
  • Child’s Meal
  • Diabetic Meal
  • Hindu Meal
  • Jain Meal
  • Low-calorie Meal
  • Low fat Meal
  • Low-gluten Meal
  • Non-Lactose Meal
  • Low Salt Meal
  • Seafood Meal
  • Fruit Platter (FPML)
  • Vegetarian Hindu meal
  • Vegetarian Oriental meal
  • Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo meal
  • Vegetarian Vegan meal

Drinks & Alcohol

Kuwait Airways provide all passengers with a complimentary drinks service on board. However, no alcohol is to be served or consumed on board, regardless of a destination.

Kuwait Airways WiFi

WiFi is available to purchase on some Kuwait Airways flights, depending on the flight and aircraft using. These services can be paid for onboard the flight.

Kuwait Airways Frequent Flyer

Kuwait Airways operates a frequent flyer program called Oasis Club to reward regular passengers with the airline.

There are three tiers of membership:

  • Oasis Blue
  • Oasis Silver
  • Oasis Gold

Oasis Gold members are entitled to preferential seating, elite mileage bonus, dedicated check-in, extra luggage and lounge access.

Kuwait Airways Airline Alliance

The only recent airline alliance that Kuwait Airways had was with Jet Airways. This has been temporarily suspended since 2019, when the Indian airline was grounded in April 2019.

Historically, the airline has previously had alliances with Shorouk Air and Trans World Airlines.

Kuwait Airways Special Services

If you require any special assistance or wish to request a special service for your flight, you can do so here. They offer services for passengers with wheelchairs, vision disabilities or oxygen devices, although you can put in any request that you want.

Kuwait Airways Seat Selection

You can now pre-book seats when booking your Kuwait Airways seats! Don't be left disappointed with your seat on the plane and reserve your favourite place to sit ahead of time. Find window seats, aisle seats and even seats with extra legroom for your Kuwait Airways flights.

Kuwait Airways Fleet

Kuwait Airways currently has a large fleet of 27 aircraft, consisting of mainly airbus models, with some Boeing aircraft. The airline plans to further expand their fleet with the latest Airbus A320-NEO, Airbus A330-900 and Airbus A350.

Airbus A320-200 11 /
Airbus A320neo 1 14
Airbus A330-200 5 /
Airbus A330-800neo / 8
Airbus A350-900 / 5
Boeing 777-300ER 10 /

Kuwait Airways Route Map

Kuwait Airways route map centred on the Middle East

Kuwait Airways Hub Airport

Kuwait International Airport

Kuwait International Airport is Kuwait's major international airport, located just 15.5 kilometres south of Kuwait City in Farwaniyah. The airport spreads over an area of 37.7 square kilometres. In the airport complex, there is a section for the Al Mubarak Air Base which is used by the Kuwait Air Force. In addition to being the hub for Kuwait Airways, it is also the hub for airline Jazeera.

Airlines that fly from and Kuwait International Airport include KLM, Qatar, Lufthansa, Etihad, AlMasria Universal Airlines, Ethiopian and Air India. Mihin Lanka used to have flights to this airport, prior to it ceasing operations in 2016.

Alternative Airlines to Kuwait Airways

If you're looking for flights within Kuwait, Wataniya Airways is a domestic airline, flying between major cities.

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