Kuwait Airways

The Next 16 First & Business Class Products I’d Like To Review

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In early 2016 I set out to review as many new first & business class products as possible, as a way of sprucing up blog content. While I figured I’d really miss the repetitive nature with which I flew many of the world’s best first class products, I’ve found reviewing new airlines to be extremely enjoyable. That goal didn’t stop in 2016, and my goal in 2017 is to try even more new airlines.

In the first couple of weeks of the year I’ve flown business class on EgyptAir, Royal Jordanian, Royal Brunei, and Emirates, all of which were new products for me.

As I begin to plot out my next big trip, I figured I’d make a list with the next 16 products I really want to review, in no particular order. I’m always curious to hear what you guys think, because at the end of the day my airline selection is based on what you guys are most interested in reading about.

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Kuwait Airways’ New 777-300ER Is Flying To London

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Kuwait Airways is in the process of radically refreshing their longhaul fleet. Their existing 777-200s have to be the most poorly configured 777s in the world, with a first class product that looks more like a terrible business class product, and a business class product that looks like premium economy.

That’s why it’s pretty exciting that the airline is in the process of taking delivery of 10 new 777-300ERs, which represents an exciting new era for them. On this plane they have fully enclosed suites in first class, and fully flat beds in business class.

Kuwait Airways has been on my list of airlines to try, though I decided to wait until they put their new 777-300ERs into service, since I figured that review would be more useful.

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Kuwait Airways Showcases Their New 777 With The Mannequin Challenge

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Yesterday I wrote about how Kuwait Airways just took delivery of their first Boeing 777-300ER, which represents a huge evolution for the airline. While the new plane as such is nice, what’s really noteworthy is the cabins that Kuwait Airways has installed on the plane, as they’ve finally added flat beds in business class and suites in first class.

That might sound like an obvious decision, but the airline also recently took delivery of A330s featuring outdated products, so…

Anyway, pictures of the new cabins have been limited so far, though it looks like Kuwait Airways has a unique way they’re showcasing the plane, in the form of a Mannequin Challenge. Here it is:

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Kuwait Airways Unveils New 777-300ER First & Business Class Cabins

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In late October I wrote about how Kuwait Airways is undergoing a rebranding, which is starting with a (long overdue) livery change.

The airline is taking delivery of 10 new 777-300ERs, so my hope has been that the new planes will also feature modern products. I’d argue Kuwait Airways’ existing 777s feature the most outdated products of any 777 in the world.

Well, Kuwait Airways has finally taken delivery of their first 777-300ER within the past couple of days, and they’ve had a celebration surrounding it in Kuwait City.

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Kuwait Airways’ New 777-300s Might Actually Be Competitive

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Yesterday I wrote about how Kuwait Airways is going through a “once in a generation” rebranding, which includes a new logo and livery. While that’s nice, my big question has been whether they’ll actually substantially change their offerings, given that Kuwait has among the worst first & business class hard products of any airline on their fleet of two 777 aircraft.

Kuwait Airways’ CEO claims that they’re hoping to transform their product:

“While the outward change to our aircraft will be obvious, we also hope to demonstrate that a much deeper and thorough transformation process is underway; one that will reassert our pioneering legacy in the region’s aviation industry and restore a sense of pride in the national carrier of Kuwait. Ultimately, such changes will be in pursuit of asserting our position as the preferred choice for passengers, linking Kuwait to the world.”

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Kuwait Airways Is Rebranding… But Will Anything Change?

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While Gulf carriers like Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar are known for their great service, the same can’t be said for Kuwait Airways. For whatever reason they have among the worst premium cabin products of any longhaul carrier.

For example, as of now the airline only has two 777-200 aircraft, and they features uncomfortable and tight recliner seats in business class (not even angled flat), and reclining seats in a 2-2-2 configuration in first class. As I wrote about last year, some airlines just shouldn’t bother with first class, and Kuwait Airways is probably one of them.

Fortunately Kuwait Airways is also taking delivery of some new planes, including some A330 aircraft. Those planes feature reverse herringbone seats in first class, which most airlines are installing in business class.

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Kuwait Airways Is Finally Cutting Their London To New York Flight

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One of the more interesting political airline stories of last year involved Kuwait Airways’ fifth freedom flight between London and New York. Kuwait Airways operated a flight from Kuwait to London to New York, and had pick-up rights in London, meaning you could fly them between the US and UK.

While their product is extremely uncompetitive, you couldn’t argue with their excellent business class pricing, which was consistently the lowest in the market.

Last year Kuwait Airways was forced to stop selling seats on their flight between London and New York, though. This was due to a case from 2013, where a passenger with an Israeli passport traveling between New York and London was refused boarding. He booked the ticket through Priceline (which allowed him to enter his Israeli passport information) as an Air India codeshare flight.

Kuwait Airways refused to transport him, claiming they were just following Kuwaiti law, which prohibits its citizens from entering “into an agreement, personally or indirectly, with entities or persons residing in Israel, or with Israeli citizenship.”

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Help Me Pick The Most Amusing Routing From Colombo To The US!

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Earlier I shared the details of the trip I planned yesterday, or at least the parts I already ticketed. This includes flights from Los Angeles to Shanghai to Colombo on China Eastern, and then flights from Colombo to Doha to Casablanca to Doha to Casablanca on Qatar Airways and Royal Air Maroc.

I’m doing this trip with my friend Matthew from Live and Let’s Fly. Before we started ticketing the first two parts of the trip we had already agreed on the return as well (which is option 1 below), but then we got a bit more creative. Now we’re down to three options, and it would be great to hear which one you guys would most like to read about.

When we were first planning the return, this was the option we had settled on. Kuwait Airways has sub-$1,000 one-way business class fares between Colombo and New York, which includes flights from Colombo to Kuwait on an A340, and then from Kuwait to London to New York on a 777. All of these flights are on their planes featuring a very outdated product.

The fare is unbeatable, and I’ve long been promising to review Kuwait Airways, so this seems like a great opportunity.

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Kuwait Airways’ Controversial London To New York Flight Is Still Operating (Sort Of)

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One of the more interesting political airline stories of last year involved Kuwait Airways’ fifth freedom flight between London and New York. Kuwait Airways operated a flight from Kuwait to London to New York, and had pick-up rights in London, meaning you could fly them between the US and UK.

While their product is extremely uncompetitive, you couldn’t argue with their excellent business class pricing, which was consistently the lowest in the market.

Last year Kuwait Airways was forced to discontinue the flight between London and New York, though. This was due to a case from 2013, where a passengers with an Israeli passport traveling between New York and London was refused boarding. He booked the ticket through Priceline (which allowed him to enter his Israeli passport information) as an Air India codeshare flight.

Kuwait Airways refused to transport him, claiming they were just following Kuwaiti law, which prohibits its citizens from entering “into an agreement, personally or indirectly, with entities or persons residing in Israel, or with Israeli citizenship.”

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Some Airlines Shouldn’t Bother With First Class

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No, I’m not even talking about American, which has a fantastic business class product on their 777-300ER, but only ever-so-marginally better first class product.

Instead I’m talking about Kuwait Airways.

As many of you probably know, I’m seriously considering booking Kuwait Airways home from Colombo in a few weeks, which is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while.

Kuwait Airways’ business class is horrible. It’s so bad that they don’t even advertise it on their website. But you know what’s truly mind-blowing? They also have a first class product throughout most of their fleet.

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