Kuwait Airlines?

Tue Nov 14, 2000 3:35 pm

I am in the process of booking a ticket and I have come across a wonderful offer by Kuwait Airlines, I was wondering If anyone has flown it, and what they thought of it. Also, if anyone knows what kinda of reputation this airline has, and how good is it suppose to be?


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RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Tue Nov 14, 2000 4:20 pm

Well kuwait airways always seem to offer cheap tickets to indians ... no wonder kuwait airways flights are more indian then kuwaiti. I am half kuwaiti and i have flown kuwait airways more the once.It is a good airline with the latest airplanes .... all transatlantic flights are operated by B777 and A340 with PTV'z in all classes.Service is good and the food, atleast i like it very much.

RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Tue Nov 14, 2000 4:27 pm

A lot depends upon your point of view.
I have flown with Kuwait Airways a few times now and will again in July next year. I have always found their service to be excellent and staff are very friendly.
Remember though it is a dry airline, so no free booze.
It's been a while but I think they had PTVs in Y but movies were a bit older and dubbed in Arabic with english subtitles. Their punctuality is pretty good but if you need to connect in Kuwait you may have to wait a few hours. I remember the last trip I had to connect in Singapore with SQ and I was left there for eight hours!
My wish is that they flew here to Sydney so I wouldn't need to use a conector.
Of the Airlines that i have flown from that Part of the World I would rate Kuwait above Egyptair but not quite an Emirates.
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RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Tue Nov 14, 2000 4:41 pm

Well yes it is a matter of opinion in certain cases ... for instance the alcohol matter. We are muslims and alcohol is forbidden. Kuwait airways does not serve any alcohol onboard even though some airlines of the muslim world do serve. kuwait is more strict however. But if alcohol does not matter to a person then i guess kuwait is as good as any ..... but i like the fact that atleast they allow smoking !!
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RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Tue Nov 14, 2000 11:48 pm

The Service is good, food is better than any North American/Western carrier, free movies on PTVs, and modern fleets (777s, A340s). Legroom is also good in coach, and although there is no alcohol, the crew come around several times during the flight and offer beverages and cold water. Most of the female crew appeared to be British or Indian or Jordanian. Their transatlantic services during peak season are packed with Indian students, visitors and families going to India for the holidays. As a matter of fact the layover in Kuwait for flights on to Bombay and Delhi is standard - 2 hours or so.
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RE:KHI747 Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 15, 2000 12:21 am

Allowing smoking in flights blongs to the past.
Grown up airlines have all banned smoking long
time ago. However, I beleive it's also a matter
of time when flights will also be dry. Strange thing,
Muslims are allowed to smoke but aren't allowed to
drink?? Kind of hypocracy it seems. Oh... I heard
they also drink... in secrecy... oh those Arabs...
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RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 15, 2000 3:42 am

Actually, not allowing alcoholic beverages on flights isn't such a bad idea for two reasons:

1. It cuts out unruly passengers who often are drunk.

2. It is far better for you on a flight to be drinking juices and plain water due to the low-humidity conditions on pressurized cabins. Drinking alcohol actually makes the dehydration problem WORSE, not better.

RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 15, 2000 3:49 am

Kuwait Airways recently became a TW codshare partner. TW Aviators members can redeem miles on Kuwait flights. TW codeshares on Kuwait flights from ORD (through AMS) and JFK (through FRA) to Kuwait City and onwards to Dubai and Muscat in the UAE.

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RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 15, 2000 4:09 am

I flew them in 1994. JFK-LHR-Kuwait City was a 747-200 Kuwait-Delhi was a 767-200. same on the return trip but this time from Kuwait-LHR was an A340. I also had an A340 LHR-JFK. I'm very happy with the service, the crew and the free PTVs in their newer planes and they are the second best carrier as well as the least expensive to fly to India. I'm still flying Virgin but if the VS ticket is out of my budget. I'll fly on Kuwait.Alchool is not a factor for me since I never drink while flying anyways.
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RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 15, 2000 4:32 am

My flights with KU are a bit 'old' Back in 1995 and 1996/7 i flew with them Damascus-Kuwait and Bangkok with A313 and 742.

The service is good. In general they are coming very close to GF or EK and are trying to promote KWI as a hub to connect to the far east and Europe. The local market potential (the point os sales, Kuwait) is rather lmited so they have to concentrate on HUB to survive or rather to expand. They have a very good value for money especially in Coach. In Business and first they still lack potential biz-travellers due to limited network. Most of their high premium traffic is sold in Kuwait. On Sectors where they have fifth freedom they try to offer very low business class fares and sometimes upgrade vouchers.

I think that the potential growth of KU compared to many carriers in the region is quite good. They have a lot of Special prorate agreements in place wiht US and European/Asian carriers to enable interlining and to feed their HUB. Though they are still small compared to EK/GF. Their regional network is very good and in summer times you will hardly get a seat on routes such as Beirut/Cairo and Damascus. But most of the traffic is low yield.

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RE:advancedkid Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 15, 2000 3:30 pm

i thought advancedkid would be smart enough to figure out smoking and drinking just are not the same thing ... i dont see how permitting smoking should mean that drinking should be allowed to ... and if not how is that hypocrisy....
and besides , we were all talking about kuwait airways ... not smoking and drinking

RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 15, 2000 7:44 pm

Seems I opened a can of worms by saying Kuwait was a dry airline. Personally it doesn't bother me, hardly ever drink on flights anyway. I mentioned it purely as a fact of flying Kuwait airways that many may not have expected by some travellers. The smoking thing is interesting though, apparently the filthy muck that collects in the air-con filters don't bother the airline, any one ever seen that stuff?
Connection times in Kuwait City depend on which two flights you are connecting with. I travel between Sydney and Amsterdam, I pick up Kuwait in either KL, SIN or BKK (same flight to three destinations). Difference between arriving from Bkk to departing to AMS is 4.5 hours, return trip is 6.0 hours. This doesn't bother me but it's obviously longer than the standard
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Someone mentioned "free use of PTV's". Does this mean that some airlines charge extra for this? What airlines charge?
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RE: (KHI747)Kuwait Airlines?

Thu Nov 16, 2000 12:04 am

Hi there,
Smoking as I mentioned earlier belongs to
the past. All grown up airlines have stopped
that ugly filth looong time ago. Please read
also the scientific facts that RayChuang has
mentioned in this post. If still not convinced,
smoking doesn't only harm you but everyone
else in the same room (passive smoking).
To know this, one doesn/t need be a rocket
scientist. I respect those airlines who don't
offer booze, but what's the logical point of
allowing smoking instead????
I hope you will get some point.
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RE: Kuwait AirWAYS!

Thu Nov 16, 2000 3:06 am

Well, I have to say my experience with Kuwait Airways is a little dated - try 1981! This is actually where my interest in aviation began. My father is a chemistry lecturer in Ireland's largest university, UCD, and was invited out there as a guest lecturer in 1981. He went out in 2/81; we (my mother, brother and I, then 11) went on St. Patrick's Day.

It was all hugely exciting. They had given us First Class tickets and that really just meant big seats then. The cabin staff didn't seem overly friendly, although my brother and I spent most of the time upstairs, in the lounge - which was very well furnished. The aircraft incidentally was the Al Mubarakiya ('ADC) and we came back on 'ADA. I always regret not having taken a 707 when we had the chance; we could have done so; there was a 707 flight via Paris, but no - being the brat I was - I got my father to change the tickets. If I could turn back time, I'd go back and give myself a right clip around the ear!

I've followed their progress with interest down through the years and they seem to have come on in leaps and bounds. They need to work out their fleet standardisation a bit better - who needs 777s when you have A340s and maybe the 310s and 300s could be replaced by 332s and 335s in due course, but that's just nitpicking. Long may they fly.

RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Fri Nov 17, 2000 4:08 am

I am middle eastern, and I have flown Royal Jordanian to the middle east countries of ISRAEL & JORDAN, But for ISRAEL a flight was made on British Airways from DFW to London Gatwick to Tel Aviv,.... JORDAN flights was made on Royal Jordanian, I was also given cheaper fares than any other travel agency, and other airlines, upon Delta, TWA, and American via Chicago ORD and New York JFK  


P.S. If you wish, please light me a CIGAR from the rear of a 777 hehehehheeh  
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RE:(Kaitak) Kuwait Airlines?

Fri Nov 17, 2000 8:17 am

I agree with you Kaitak. But you see Kuwait Airways
is so wealthy it can afford such fleet confusions.
They have to please both manufacturers. Kuwait Airways is essentially a "flag carrier", and all they care about is the presence in the airline world. It's sort of a political thing, you know.
Saudi Arabian is not much different. When they had to renew their fleet they simply had to split the contracts
between Boeing and Mc Donnell Douglas just to please both and guess who made thse decisions for them,... the US government. Their conutry pays the US back in oil and not in funds.

RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Mon Nov 20, 2000 1:43 am


Are you saying that Saudia didnt buy the best aircraft for their operations?

As for paying in oil, check out the purpose of the US EXIM bank. (sp?)
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RE: (Ambasaid)Kuwait Airlines?

Mon Nov 20, 2000 2:09 am

Hi there,
For how long will Boeing support a McDonnell
Douglas product? I am not saying the MD 90s
are bad. Even if McDonnell Douglas would have
survived, it would have been the wisest and the
most logical decision to replace the older 737s
with the new generation 737s. I am sure Saudia's
management, if they had any of their own, must
have realized this by now. But who cares what
decisions, how and who made, if money isn't a factor?
Leave it to the Sheik in the goverment and if he is
in doubt he will let someone in the US do the whole thing.
Isn't this what happened at "Saudia".

RE: Kuwait Airlines?

Wed Nov 22, 2000 1:54 pm

What makes you think that the MD90 wasnt better than the 737 for the proposed Saudia services.
Remember that this decision took place before the 737NG became available!

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