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Kuwait Airways BOM-KWI

Wed Jan 09, 2002 9:22 am

Kuwait Airways 302
Bombay ? Kuwait
Airbus A300-605R (9K-AMA)
Business Class: 2K (First Class Seat)

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Check In: We arrived at the airport around 3:45am for
the 6:10 flight. The line for the x-ray machine was
not long but took awhile. Once we were done with that
we got to the check in counter which had a huge line
for the two that were open. My dad went up and asked
if there was a separate line for business class
passengers and the guy said he would check us in. He
stopped what he was doing with the lady in front of
him and started checking us in. I was happy but I am
sure the lady and the people in line behind her were
far from it, as I would be if I were in her position.
Our boarding passes were handed to us, as was the
lounge invitation. Immigration was ok?done in 15
minutes, which was not bad at all for Bombay. As I sat
down in the lounge, ?CNN Breaking News.? Apparently
some guy had tried to set his shoes on fire on an
American Airlines flight from CDG ? MIA. I?m not
entirely sure this is what people want to see at an
airport before they fly, but?

Boarding: We were told in the lounge at 5:30 that the
flight was ready for boarding and we proceeded to gate
4. At the gate we were first frisked by Indian
security, then our bags were hand searched by Kuwaiti
security personnel on the jetway while another one
asked us questions about why were flying Kuwait
Airways and where we were going and why?. I had a
feeling these guys were sky marshals. Once onboard we
were greeted by a friendly steward who smiled and
showed us to our seats. Kuwait Airways does not use
First Class on this route and so Business Class
passengers are seated in the First Class seats. The
seats were comfortable, with plenty of legroom and
recline, there were PTV?s in each seat with 12 working
channels. Juice was offered as the welcome drink and
blankets were handed to those who requested one. 6:10
rolled by and nothing happened, 6:20 the same, then at
6:30 we began our pushback. No word on why we were
delayed. Cabin crew were all seated in their seats by
6:10 and service was non existent till the seatbelt
sign went off.

Flight: We took off at 6:40am following an IC 320 and
AI 310. First time I have been in a queue for take
off. The entertainment was started and the crew came
round with a glass of orange juice for those who
wanted to eat breakfast. A few minutes later they came
round with a tray and a choice of bread. No menus were
handed out so I was wondering what choice we would
have for the main course. We were then given a choice
of either cereal or fruit and I chose the fruit, which
consisted of a slice of pineapple, pear, melon and a
date. It was moist and not dry like most other times I
get fruit on the plane. Then the main course came
round, it was a choice of either pancakes with
vegetables or eggs with a potato pancake. I chose the
eggs that turned out to taste like anything but eggs.
I think they were powdered eggs. Atleast the mushrooms
provided some taste for the eggs. The potato pancake
was pretty good though. The tray was collected and
lights shut off. The only movie that was interesting
was Rat Race which I had seen a week before on my CX
SFO-HKG flight. So I decided to sleep and had no
trouble with the full flat seat. Slept for 1 hour and
woke up refreshed. As I woke up a glass of water was
offered which I took and the crew gave me a
questionnaire to fill in on Kuwait Airways that
contained close to 70 questions. No problem, had
another hour to kill so? I finished it just as the
crew came round with gifts for all the passengers, a
Kuwait Airways radio. Decent started soon after and
the crew came round collected the headset and did the
landing check.

Arrival: The landing was one of the smoothest I have
ever had in my years of flying, no thrusts were used
either. We landed exactly at 7:55am, the scheduled
arrival time. We were quickly off the plane and out of
immigration in 5 minutes. At the baggage carousel our
bags were out within 5 minutes of standing there and
customs 30 seconds later.

Verdict: This was my first time flying Kuwait Airways,
though not my first time flying to Kuwait, I had flown
Emirates in July. The service was fine, mechanical but
fine. This was my sixth flight in 8 days and was a
refreshing change from the big hyped about airlines
that I flew, AA, CX, and QF. I am not going to go out
of my way to fly KU again but I will have no problem
choosing them next time I visit my parents for a short
flight to the Indian continent or Middle East. I left
two weeks later on KLM.
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RE: Kuwait Airways BOM-KWI

Wed Jan 09, 2002 5:26 pm

Nice report. It's nice to read trip reports on the 'not-so-common" airlines
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RE: Kuwait Airways BOM-KWI

Wed Jan 09, 2002 11:16 pm

Good report.

I flew Kuwait airways LHR-JFK and their service was fine. the food was excellent, the FA's friendly and ofcourse we flew on a brand new 777. KU is a nice and neat small airline with a good onboard product.

In Arsene we trust!!
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RE: Kuwait Airways BOM-KWI

Thu Jan 10, 2002 9:09 pm

I don't think KU has fully flat beds as I have travelled F class on them on all their aircrafts. Non-the less I do enjoy KU (not only casue I'm kuwaiti) but it always seems they provide a well prepared meal and service. Hope you choose them again.

Mousse --Kuwait

PS. The Kuwaiti security needs to check baggage as they fly to and from Kuwait, no change of crew in BOM. If you also noticed there should have been an engineer on board, either in the Cabin or Jump seating.

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