Kuwait Airlines (KU), the national airline of Kuwait, has its head office located on the grounds of Kuwait International Airport, Kuwait. The airline is owned by the government of Kuwait and operates scheduled international flight services across the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, Southeast Asia, Europe, and North America. Kuwait Airlines is a member of Arab Air Carrier Organisation and connects Kuwait city to 41 destinations in 26 countries.
Destination & Services
Kuwait Airways flies to numerous cities in the Middle East, Central Asia, South East Asia, and North Africa. As of September, 2009, Kuwait Airways flew to 44 international destinations in 28 countries. Some of the important destinations are Alexandria, Cairo, Sharm el Sheikh and Sohag in Egypt, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Chennai, Delhi, Kochi, Mumbai, and Thiruvananthapuram in India, Islamabad in Pakistan, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Jakarta in Indonesia, Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, Manila in Philippines, Bangkok in Thailand, Bahrain, Tehran in Iraq, Amman in Jordon, Kuwait, Muscat in Oman, Doha in Qatar, Damascus in Syria, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in UAE, Paris in France, Frankfurt in Germany, Rome in Italy, Geneva in Switzerland, London in United Kingdom and New York City in United States. Offering world class services to its customers, Kuwait Airways offers exclusive entertainment options, delectable onboard meals and the option of in-flight shopping.-Less
Kuwait Airways fleet holds pride in its latest and contemporary services. As of October, 2010, the fleet size was 19 and consisted of 5 Airbus A300-600R, 3 Airbus A310-300, 3 Airbus A320-200, 14 Airbus A340-300, 1 Boeing 747-400M, and 2 Boeing 777-200ER aircrafts.
The baggage allowance policy of Kuwait Airways allows 40 kilograms of free checked baggage for First Class, 30 kilograms for Business Class, and 20 kilograms for Economic Class passengers. In addition to free baggage allowance, Kuwait Airways allows one carry-on baggage too and this must be safely stowed in the cabin of the aircraft. The carry-on baggage must fit in the overhead compartment or under the seat in front of the passenger. The maximum size of the baggage must not exceed 23 x 36 x 56 cm (115 cm total) and the weight should not exceed 7 kgs.
Awards & Recognition
Kuwait Airways received seven awards in January, 2003 by Onboard Service Awards Magazine, in USA. The services included were Onboard Service, Onboard entertainment, Comfort, Onboard Safety, Onboard Security, Onboard Menus and Onboard Menu Service. Kuwait Airways has also been presented with the 'Best Airline for Air Safety' in 2000 by Air Safety Awards.
Kuwait Airways History
Kuwait Airlines was formed in the year 1954. Initially, the airline served limited routes like Beirut, Abadan, Jerusalem, and Damascus. However, very soon the airline was acquired by the Government of Kuwait via 50 percent stake and later to 100 percent shareholding. This brought an enhancement in the capital base after which the airline increased the destinations from four, to several other cities within Asia and Africa.
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