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.
Kuwait Airways has a fleet of 17 modern aircrafts as follows:
Kuwait Airways provides special services to people with special needs whether physical, speech/hearing and vision difficulties. Also, the airline offers special care services to infants and minor children traveling without attendants.
First and Business class passengers are privileged to have the opportunity to spend memorable moments in Dasman Lounges at Kuwait International Airport.
The relaxing atmosphere in Dasman Lounge helps patrons to carry out their work, relax and to prepare for their upcoming flight. The Lounge is well-equipped with conference facilities, Internet/Wifi access, non-alcoholic beverages,TV screens, magazines, newspapers, and flight information monitor.
Kuwait Airways offers in-flight entertainment packages cost-free to all the passengers irrespective of their ticket class. These packages include a range of materials such as movies, series, television programs, music, radio channels and a selection of audiobooks.
Onboard shopping program on Kuwait Airways offers passengers a collection of the latest products of famous international brands and Kuwait Airways’ exclusive products such as jewelry, watches, perfumes, hardware, and cosmetics just to name a few. This product is offered at competitive prices and is customs-free. Free copies of Al-Sougha Magazine are put on every seat to brief passengers about the available products and their prices.
The passengers traveling on board Kuwait Airways have an option to book online and manage their bookings. During booking, they can pre-select their preferred seats, issue and print their boarding passes on selected flights. Boarding passes are available online for confirmed bookings as early as 48 hours till 2 hours before the scheduled departure time. Moreover, the passengers can check-in at the airport by approaching Kuwait Airlines counters. They are open four to two hours prior to flight departure time depending on the final destination of the flight.
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.