Review: Kuwait Airways 777 Economy – A Fantastic Experience

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!

A Kuwait Airways 777. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

The boarding area. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
The jet-bridge to our aircraft. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

Wide shots of the economy cabin. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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!

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The seating in economy. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
The legroom as sufficient. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying
Headsets and in-seat power (full electrical outlets). Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

Air nozzles on a widebody aren’t the most common. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

In-flight entertainment

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.

The entertainment selection was decent. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

The dinner in economy. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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 Kuwait Airways route network. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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.

The view departing Kuwait. Photo: Chris Loh/Simple Flying

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!

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Norman

Hope you do a long haul flight with them sometime…say, London to Manila.

gnoelj

Sorry but where did you fly to from Kuwait? I tried to look for mention of that but could not find it. All I could find was the flight was 2.5 hours, but to where?

Glad you liked the flight on economy with Kuwait Airways. To be frank, the picture of your meal looked pretty “awful”. At least the presentation looked like that, maybe the taste was better!

AM

Happy to hear that you have Enjoyed flying Kuwait Airways, my countries national carrier.

Answering to your question, Kuwait Airways has almost daily B77W flights to Beirut through out the year, not Just the Hajj season! 🙂

Blasst

Chris, How tall are you and what is your inseam? I haven’t flown economy on a Triple 7 yet, and I know each airline is different since some have 9 across seating vs 10 in economy, along with a different seat pitch. So just curious for that reason.

Abu Ahmad

Kuwait airways became a pioneer in this indust
It back strongly like golden days
Keep going KUWAIT airways
Waiting 350 airbus to join w fleet
Big Bravooooii

Anton

During my flight training there were also student pilots from Kuwait Airlines. They were selected not because of their skills but because of their connections (politically well connected dad’s as they claimed themselves ). One student managed to just stop flying the aircraft and fold his arms during an ILS approach as he found the instructor “annoying” and “as he was not used someone telling him what to do”. The instructor had to take control just feet from the ground. When the instructor complained to management he was reprimanded , “since these students came from another culture”. They scored exceptionally… Read more »