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Kuwait Airways: Cheap Flights & Travel Deals

Kuwait Airways made its debut in 1954, then operating as Kuwait National Airways.  This airline is the flagship airline of Kuwait and flies to 34 destinations in the Middle East, Europe, Asia, and North America.  Kuwait Airways is owned by the Kuwaiti government but privatization plans are underway, with similar procedures being considered for its subsidiaries: Kuwait Aviation Services Co. (KASCO), Automated Systems Co., and ALAFCO.

Kuwait Airways’ flight from JFK to Kuwait City is on time slightly less than half of the time, with an average delay of 41 minutes.  On average Kuwait Airways is on time for about 70% of its flights.

Kuwait Airways codeshares flights with Alitalia, Ethiopian Airlines, and Yemenia.  It belongs to the Arab Air Carriers Organization.

Kuwait Airways US Destination

New York City, NY: John F. Kennedy International Airport is currently the only destination in the United States for Kuwait Airways.

Kuwait Airways Top International Destinations

  • Bangladesh: Dhaka
  • Egypt: Alexandria, Cairo, Schag
  • France: Paris
  • Germany: Frankfurt, Munich
  • India: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi
  • Iraq: Baghdad
  • Italy: Rome
  • Jordan: Amman
  • Lebanon: Beirut
  • Pakistan: Islamabad, Lahore
  • Qatar: Doha
  • Saudi Arabia: Dammam, Jeddah, Riyadh
  • Sri Lanka: Colombo
  • Switzerland: Geneva
  • Thailand: Bangkok
  • Turkey: Istanbul
  • United Arab Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai
  • United Kingdom: London

Kuwait Airways Hub

Kuwait International Airport (KWI): situated in about 10 miles south of Kuwait City in Farwaniya, Kuwait.  Kuwait International Airport services more than 9 million passengers per year and also serves the military.  Passengers use the recently renovated terminal; a second terminal is under construction.

Kuwait Airways Fleet

  • Airbus A320-200: 11 in service, each can seat 130 passengers
  • Airbus A330-200: 5 in service, each can seat 212 passengers
  • Boeing 747-400: 1 in service, it can seat 302 passengers
  • Boeing 777-200ER: 1 in service, it can seat 267 passengers
  • Boeing 777-300ER: 10 in service, each can seat 324 passengers

Flying with Kuwait Airways

Kuwait Airways Loyalty Program, Oasis Club, Discounts and Miles promotions

The Oasis Club is the name of the Kuwait Airways frequent flyer club.  The Oasis Club has these levels:

  • Oasis Blue: by joining, you can start earning miles. You’ll earn extra miles if you fly Business, First or Royal Class.  Note that children as young as 2 can join.
  • Oasis Silver: you will have access to some lounges, you can choose your own seat if selection is possible, you will have priority for check-in, boarding, waitlist and delivery of baggage. Also, if you change the date of your flight on an award ticket, you will not be charged a date change penalty.
  • Oasis Gold: you will have all the benefits of an Oasis Silver member, plus you can bring a guest into the lounge with you and you can check an extra bag on any flight.

You can add to your Oasis Club miles by shopping at one of Oasis Club’s partners.  If you wish to rent a car, consider Budget, Hertz, RentalCars or Sixt.  Need a hotel?  Book a room via Hilton Honors, Rocket Miles, Rotana, Safir, Radisson or Millennium.  Kuwait Airways’ Oasis Club also has partnerships with the Sultan Center (shopping), several financial advisers and the telecom company Travelling Connect.

You can pool miles with other family members so that the miles needed for an award ticket will be reached sooner rather than later.

Your miles with the Oasis Club can be redeemed for award tickets, for yourself and for others.  Note that you will still be responsible for taxes charged on flights.

Note also that miles expire after three years, so you should take that vacation sooner rather than later.  Expiration happens once per year.  You can check the status of your miles online or by contacting the Oasis Club.

Kuwait Airways: Check In, Seating Assignment, Leg Room and Other Fees

Kuwait Airways check-in counters close one hour prior to departure; gates close 20 minutes prior to departure.

Economy seats generally have 32 inches of legroom; Business Class passengers have 42 to 45 inches, while First Class passengers can extend their limbs in 61 inches of legroom.

When you check in (in person at the counter) you can choose a seat, or do so in advance on line, by going to the section “manage my booking.”

You may book an extra seat if you wish to use it for items too large to fit in your carry-on but too important to risk to checking.  Examples include diplomatic mail and musical instruments.  The item must weigh 165 pounds (75 kg) or less.

In London and traveling First Class? Try out the Kuwait Airways limousine service and go to the airport in luxurious comfort.

Kuwait Airways offers special assistance at the airport for both departure and arrival and sometimes even with visas. Contact Kuwait Airways “Maraheb” services.

Kuwait Airways: Baggage Allowance and Fees

Kuwait Airways Carry-on Bags

  • Carry-on bags can be no greater than 22 x 14 x 9 inches in size. For Economy, the weight is limited to 15.4 pounds (7 kg); First / Business my bring a carry-on bag weighing as much as 24 pounds (11 kgs)
  • Passengers may also bring a personal item (purse, computer, etc.)
  • Passengers traveling to the US or the UK must be prepared to turn on their electronic devices for security personnel.
  • Collapsible strollers and wheelchairs are permitted for babies and for those who are mobility challenged.
  • Additional items such as jackets, canes, reading material, etc. are permitted. If the quantity is considered excessive and too heavy it may result in an excess baggage charge.

Kuwait Airways Checked Bags

Economy Class checked bags may generally not weigh more than 50 pounds (23 kg) or be larger (length + width + height) than 62 inches (158 centimeters).  Each passenger is entitled to 2 checked bags with the ticket.

Bags for elite classes may weigh as much as 70 pounds (32 kg) each.  The allowance by class is:

  • Royal Class: 3 pieces each
  • First Class: 2 pieces each
  • Business Class: 2 pieces each

Infants are permitted to check a bag weighing not more than 22 pounds (10 kg).

Mobility-challenged passengers may check crutches or a wheelchair.  A wheelchair can be provided for the duration of the passenger’s time in the airport.

Kuwait Airways Other Baggage Policies

Please note that Kuwait Airways is a “dry” airline.  You may not transport alcoholic beverages, neither in your carry-on nor in your checked baggage.

Kuwait Airways Service On Board: In-flight Entertainment and Meals

  • Standard Meals are available for everyone in all cabins, although passengers in premium classes receive premium meals.
  • Many special meals are available. You may order a meal for infants; children; bland (those with stomach disorders); diabetic; Jain; Hindu; low calorie; low fat; low gluten; low salt; non lactose; seafood; vegetarian Hindu; vegetarian Oriental; raw vegetarian; vegetarian with lacto ovo; vegetarian non dairy. You must order in advance.
  • Beverages are served, but Kuwait Airways serves no alcoholic beverages.
  • Kuwait Airways offers music and movies to entertain you.
  • Newspapers and magazines are available for your reading pleasure.
  • Sougha Magazine is complimentary
  • To make you more comfortable, Kuwait Airways offers blankets, headsets and eye shades to make your rest more restful.

Kuwait Airways Child Fares/Fees, Minor Service guidelines

  • Expectant mothers need to fill out an “Expectant Mother” form. Up until the 32nd week of pregnancy, expectant mothers are permitted on Kuwait Airways without any extra documentation.  Afterwards, medical clearance may be necessary.
  • Carrycots are available for infants free of charge, but you should contact the airline in advance.
  • Toys are available for children free of charge.
  • Unaccompanied minor service is available for children aged 4 to 16. For children aged 6 through 16, there is no additional charge.  For children aged 4 & 5, there will be a charge of 50% of the adult fare as they will have to be escorted by an attendant in the cabin.

Kuwait Airways Pet Policy

Animals in the cabin

The only animals permitted in the cabin are service dogs accompanying the challenged, on flights to and from the United States.  Please contact Kuwait Airways at least 48 hours before departure to arrange this service.

Pets checked as luggage

Animals may be checked as luggage.  The container must meet the dimensions and weight limits of the class of baggage.

Make sure your animal has access to water and food inside its kennel.

Make sure your animals have the necessary vaccinations and paperwork for their journey.

Arrangement for the transport of animals cannot be done online but must be performed by telephone at least 7 days before the journey.

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