Kuwait Airways, the national carrier of Kuwait, announced an increase in frequencies of its flights to Colombo with effect from 8 April 2017 with the runaway renovation completion.
The airline will increase its current daily operations to a weekly schedule of 10 flights with the latest Airbus A330-200 in operation and will now offer 8,900 seats and a cargo capacity of 462 tonnes in and out of Colombo.
Kuwait Airways will be the only airline to offer a consistent first class operation, flatbed and Wi-Fi on all flights from Colombo and will connect to all major European hubs, the US, the Gulf and Middle East with convenient connections.
The twin-aisle wide-body aircraft provides all passengers with an abundance of personal space, and the modern cabin allows for 18-inch-wide seats that can bring a level of comfort and relaxation to long-haul flights, even in economy class.
A330s also provide the quietest cabins in their class, while ambient lighting options add to the A330-200’s stylish and classy design and helps reduce the effects of jetlag. Kuwait Airways has started three-class operations from Colombo and the A330 aircraft are configured with 17 First Class, 30 Business Class and 195 Economy Class seats. Kuwait Airways also offers flatbed facility seating on all ex-Colombo flights.
The oil-rich nation started its operations to Colombo back in 1973 with more than 44 years of continuous operation. With the increase, Kuwait airways will operate five morning flights and five daytime flights with state-of-the-art A330-200 Aircrafts on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday on flight KU362 departing from Colombo at 1.25 a.m. Further, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday flight KU364 will depart from Colombo at 11.20 a.m. local time. The two different timings from Colombo to Kuwait will provide convenient connections through increased frequencies for passengers beyond Kuwait to the Gulf, Middle East, Europe and the US.
The airline has already upgraded its fleet by adding five A330-200s, seven A320CEOs and six Boeing 777-300ERs as well as a remaining four Boeing 777-300ERs aircraft to be delivered before the end of September 2017 as part of a larger “fleet acquisition plan” that will see the addition of 10 A350s and 15 A320neos aircraft between 2019 and 2021.
At the conclusion of the airline’s transformation plan (2021), Kuwait Airways will have the youngest commercial airline fleet in the world.
One of the airline’s immediate priorities has been to increase market share by enhancing its services on existing routes and this will certainly be supported through the deployment of the new aircraft and their onboard features. Going forward, the arrival of the Boeing 777-300ER (the ‘ER’ standing for extended range), will also allow Kuwait Airways to look at adding more non-stop, long-haul routes to its network and to re-establish its network to reach more than 46 countries around the globe with a firm commitment to providing the finest service and comfort to passengers while continuing to rank safety as one of its highest priorities.
Source : FT