Kuwait Airways Company has always proved its ability to be competitive and distinct in rendering services to all its passengers. This was substantiated when KAC attained the certificate of the American Federal Control Board for meeting the safety conditions, and also the certificate of the European Community Group for Rules & Regulations upon which it was certified to perform maintenance on aircraft, equipment and engines for other airline companies holding this certificate.
Kuwait Airways Company was also selected for
Air Safety Award 2000 for its outstanding record of Air Safety. The award was based on Kuwait Airways consistency in meeting all the important international safety standards such as FAA's International Aviation Safety Assessment Program (IASA) in which Kuwait Airways ranked in category 1. On behalf of the statistical support team at Air Safety Awards, Mr. Larry Haverkamp, Executive Director of Air Safety Awards, visited Kuwait Airways and presented the airline with the Year 2000 Air Safety Award for
'Best Airline for Air Safety'.
Throughout its history, even during the turmoil of Gulf War, Kuwait' safety standard were not questioned.
Kuwait Airways continues to pursue its objectives of rendering distinct services to its passengers who are naturally its top priority, and it has initiated the Oasis Club to service its frequent flyers. KAC has offered its worldwide customers the opportunity to be the members of Oasis Club and avail the attractive privileges of miles, discounts, etc. Kuwait Airways has approximately 70,000 Oasis Club members.
Kuwait Airways Holidays is another section which is endeavoring to provide exclusive attractive offers for holiday travelers.
Moving with the fashion and the times, Kuwait Airways has a new attractive uniform for its crew, a combination of quality and innovation. In its aspiration to promote the tourism activities in Kuwait and support the national economy, Kuwait Airways has participated in the establishment of the
Kuwait Tourism Services Company in partnership with the
Union of Kuwait Hotels' Owners as well as the
Tourism Projects Company.
Kuwait Airways has also participated in launching
"Hala February" in February 1999 and since then these annual shopping festivals, have successfully promoted tourism in Kuwait and increased the number of visitors and tourists in Kuwait.
Kuwait Airways has a special section at Kuwait Airport for the benefit of
Special Needs Passengers. This counter takes care of all their travel needs providing such passengers the required ease to travel.
Kuwait Airways aircraft boasts of a sumptuous array of
menus of varied cuisines, taking care of every passenger in a special way. There are even
special menus for passengers with diabetes or high blood pressure.
For the benefit of passengers, Kuwait Airways has provided
Automated Telephone Enquiry Service for the
announcements of departures and arrivals, and 807070 to enquire about delayed flights or early arrivals.
Awards for Services
KAC received 7 awards in January 2003 'Onboard Service Awards Magazine, in USA.
The services that were awarded included, Onboard Service, Comfort of the Passenger, Onboard Entertainment, Onboard Safety and Security and Onboard Menus and the Menu Service.
In May 2004, Kuwait Airways was once again awarded by Onboard Services Award Magazine, USA.. During the 18th Annual Presentation which was held in Salt Lake City Utah USA, Kuwait Airways won 9 awards for the innovative services rendered to passengers – Special Kids Meal, Onboard Entertainment, Cabin Crew Proficiency, Uniforms, Onboard Safety, Menu Presentation, Costa Coffee, Onboard Comfort and the Overall Award. For the first time Overall Award was presented by the Magazine and Kuwait Airways bagged it as well!
Kuwait Airways Company continues to pursue growth and innovation for the satisfaction of its passengers.
On the wave of the oil boom of the 1940s, a national carrier was born in 1954. Initially, Kuwait Airways Company served a limited network of Abadan, Beirut, Damascus and Jerusalem but a year later the fledgling carrier was facing economic hardship, and the government of Kuwait took a 50% interest in the airline, subsequently doubling the company's capital. Having entered the rough and tumble world of aviation, the government finally took out 100% share in Kuwait Airways.
Kuwait Airways entered the jet age in 1962 by leasing a Comet 4-C, the world's first jet-engined airliner. In the 1960s, the national carrier rapidly expanded its route map, and scheduled services to London begun three times a week. To keep pace with fast-moving aviation needs, three Boeing 707s were delivered in 1968. Ten years later, Kuwait Airways had an all -Boeing 707 fleet of eight aircraft.
In 1978, Kuwait Airways entered the wide-body age by taking delivery of its first two B747-200s, adding a third the following year. This expansion permitted Kuwait Airways to extend its network to New York to the west and Manila to the east.
Modernization of the fleet continued, and four B727-200s were delivered in 1980-1981. Two years later eight Airbus A310s and A300-600s were delivered, and in 1986 three Boeing 767-200ER aircraft joined the wide-body fleet.
Following the destruction of its premises and 15 of its aircraft during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait, the airline was relaunched. Kuwait Airways fleet now comprises three A320-200s, three A310-300s, five A300-605Rs, four A340-300s and two Boeing B777s, bringing the fleet to 17 aircraft, equipped with the latest entertainment systems.
Kuwait Airways aims 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 highest priorities.