Kuwait Airways still waiting for major fleet upgrade; London Heathrow and New York JFK key destinations in network
Unlike other airlines based in the Middle East, Kuwait Airways has shown no inclination to grow significantly in recent years, trouble as it has been by poor financial results. The fact that the most recent story on its English-language website dates from 2010, and that half of its active fleet consists of old A300s and A310s, confirms the airline’s position as a potential sleeping giant. While Kuwait Airport is building a major new terminal to help cope with growing passenger numbers, the airline is still to even finalise its fleet renewal plans, with both Airbus and Boeing apparently still in the running. The rest of the airline’s existing fleet comprises three A320s, four A340s and two 777s.
The airline’s position has not been helped by the emergence of Kuwait-based Jazeera Airways, which competes (profitably) on a number of key routes.
Importance of London and New York
A look at the airline’s schedule data reveals that in terms of ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres), the airline’s biggest routes are its six-times weekly service to Bangkok, followed by the daily service to London Heathrow. Three of the seven weekly flights also operate on to New York JFK, complementing the airline’s non-stop service to JFK, which also operates three times weekly.
Other European destinations served are Frankfurt, Geneva, Paris CDG and Rome Fiumicino, while Istanbul services have recently been transferred from Atatürk to Sabiha Gökçen. In total the airline serves almost 40 destinations non-stop, with only Cairo, Dubai and Jeddah served with at least double-daily flights.