Kuwait Airways commenced its first flights in 1956. As the flag carrier of Kuwait, Kuwait Airways is headquartered in Kuwait City and operates flights from its operating hub at Kuwait International Airport. Kuwait Airways is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).
Kuwait Airways recovered and re-established its competition in the Gulf region rapidly after heavy loss of its facilities and aircraft in the horrific invasion of Kuwait in 1990. Today, kuwaitairlines flies to more than 36 international destinations around the world. Its fleet is composed of 17 aircraft equipped with the state-of-art safety systems and the latest entertainment programs.
Kuwait Airways has signed a number of shared code agreements with a group of international airlines in order to operate flights to a vast number of international destinations in different corners across the globe. The following are Kuwait Airways’ joint code partners:
Kuwait Airways offers three travel classes:
First class cabin on board Kuwait Airways features luxury. Seats are spacious and they recline to 180 degrees converting into completely comfortable flat beds. The passengers are offered complimentary meals, beverages, sleeping blinds, and blankets. Besides, they are provided with headsets in order to spend pleasurable time watching movies and listening to music onboard.
Business class passengers enjoy various in-flight amenities. For instance, seats are an adjustable ensuring comfort. The passengers are offered free meals, beverages, personal care and they have access to the entertainment system during their flights.
Two Kuwaiti businessmen decided to found Kuwait Airways to keep pace with the economic boom in Kuwait after oil production and exportation.
Kuwait National Airways was established with a capital of KD 150,000 and it commenced flights from Kuwait to Beirut, Jerusalem, Damascus, and Abadan, using a DC-3 aircraft.
The Government of Kuwait took 50% of the shares in Kuwait National Airways after it encountered financial difficulties, and its name changed to Kuwait Airways.
The Government of Kuwait bought the shares of Kuwait Airways from the shareholders, in May of the same year. Also, it chartered a Comet C-4 entering the jet aviation era.
In April the Government of Kuwait bought four aircraft from Aviation across the Arab World to increase Kuwait Airways fleet.
Following the invasion of Kuwait, more than 15 aircraft were destroyed. Consequently, Kuwait Airways had to undergo a comprehensive post-invasion reconstruction to expand its operations globally.
Kuwait Airways was privatized to become a joint-stock company in which foreign investors owned 35% stake. Kuwaiti nationals owned 40%, Kuwaiti private companies owned 20% and 5% for the personnel of Kuwait Airways.
It announced its vision and strategy until 2021 in "We Flourish Together" ceremony on 3rd September the same year.