Departing from Terminal 4 of Kuwait’s International Airport and heading to Beirut, this was my first journey ever on Kuwait’s flag carrier: Kuwait Airways. Up to this point I’ve flown a few airlines to Kuwait: MEA (A320), BA (B747), and KLM (A330). This was the best yet!
Boarding of the Boeing 777 was a quick and easy process. It helped immensely that the flight was maybe at 30% capacity. After walking almost the full length of the aircraft I arrived at my seat: 44A.
Kuwait Airway’s 777s are only 2-3 years old. This is evident as everything in the aircraft still has that brand new and modern feel to it. The economy cabin is a spacious 3-3-3 layout. Sitting down I felt like my seat was quite spacious and legroom was more than enough for me.
Seatbacks came with coat hooks and there was in-seat power available to passengers via an outlet just below the seats. There appears to be two international electrical outlets per three seats so hopefully at least one person in your row doesn’t need (non-USB) power!
One additional and interesting thing to note is the presence of personal air vents. In my own personal experience, I haven’t really seen them on wide-body aircraft before – only narrow, single-aisle planes. It was nice to have that cool air available to me.
The screens were fantastic: Large, bright, and responsive to touch. Just below the screen is a USB outlet as well. Entertainment was available as soon as I was seated – unlike MEA, which doesn’t begin until after take-off and subjecting all passengers to 10 minutes of continuous advertising.
Content variety was decent and included some big Hollywood titles.
Food and beverage
The food was fantastic and served with metal cutlery! I had chicken and rice – which turned out to be a big, full chicken fillet. Tomato sauce accompanied the rice and chicken off to the side. Also included in the meal was a creamy salad and a creamy pudding. Bread, butter, and a small piece of soft cheese were also included.
Kuwait Airways does not serve alcohol on its flights but the standard juices and sodas were available. I had mango juice with ice.
Service and conclusion
The service was solid and flight attendants were courteous. It helped that there were far fewer than normal passengers to serve. The seat was spacious and the IFE was top notch. The best part of this journey is that it was only a 2.5-hour flight. Flying the same route to Beirut with MEA you would be in the much smaller Airbus A320. Actually, Kuwait Airways flights at other times of the day use the A320 as well – sometimes the A330.
I’m not sure if this is aircraft choice is normal for the airline or if its just part of their service during the season of Hajj to take pilgrims through to Mecca. Regardless of the particular route, I can say for sure that flying on a Kuwait Airways 777 is a great experience in economy class. I wonder if it will get any better once they take possession of their new Airbus A350s!