Kuwait Airways (الخطوط الجوية الكويتية) is the national airline of Kuwait, based in Kuwait City and wholly owned by the Kuwaiti Government. It operates scheduled international services throughout the Middle East, to Europe, the Far East and North America. Its main base is Kuwait International Airport. Kuwait Airways is a member of the Arab Air Carriers Organization.
The airline was heavily affected by the Gulf War with many planes having to leave due to the invasion. During the occupation, operations were transferred to Bahrain. The carrier, however, flew a free Kuwait Airways service on the Bombay-Bahrain-Cairo-London route in a modified livery with a Boeing 727. Bahrain served as operational headquarters during the occupation. The aftermath of the war saw a change in composition of fleet. In 2005, Kuwait Airways signed an agreement with Sabre Airline Solutions giving Kuwait Airways full access to a modernized planning and crew optimizing portfolio.
The airline has 3,735 employees (at March 2007).
In October 2007 the new CEO pledged that the airline should be privatised in order for it to compete efficiently against other airlines. He says that the airline will encounter difficulty in advancing, especially in fleet renewal, without the privatisation.
|Airbus A300-600R||5||232 (18/18/196)|
|Airbus A310-300||3||198 (-/24/174)|
|Airbus A320-200||3||130 (-/20/110)|
|Airbus A340-300||4||272 (18/24/230)|
|Boeing 747-400M||1||Reserved for VIP, occasionally used for scheduled passenger services|
|Boeing 777-200ER||2||273 (24/24/225)|
This order later fell through as the Kuwaiti Government refused to the approve the renewal. The new CEO says that he does not expect a renewal to occur until the airline is privatised.
Kuwait Airways: As the National Carrier Prepares for Privatisation, the Gulf Market Is Becoming Increasingly Competitive
Oct 17, 2008; COMPANY SNAPSHOT Date established 1954, renamed as Kuwait Airways Corporation in 1955 Main business sector Operating scheduled...