KUWAIT: Following its arrival in Kuwait, on Dec 9, and undergoing its flight and technical testing, the official national carrier of Kuwait commenced commercial operations of its new flagship aircraft, the Boeing 777-300ER, with two flights to Dubai, on Dec 15. Return flights KU671/KU672 and KU675/KU676 departed from Kuwait International Airport at 10:05 and 17:00, respectively.
Passengers on the flight were the first to experience travelling on Kuwait Airways' new flagship,with world-class interiors and on-board featuresset to rival the best-in-class offerings in global aviation today. Flight KU671 enters the aviation history books as the first commercial flight to be operated by Kuwait Airways with its dynamic new livery.
One of the most noted features of Kuwait Airways'Boeing 777-300ER is that, in economy class, the official national airline of Kuwait has adopted a nine-abreast (3-3-3) seating configuration.This means that the airline has placed passenger comfort at the heart of its product offering by removing a complete column of seats in the middle section of the seating plan.Most airlines operating the Boeing 777-300ER go with four seats in the centre section. As a consequence, this offers Kuwait Airways passengers some of the widest spacing for seats in economy class.
After welcoming the first passengers on board Flight KU617 to Dubai, Al-Roumi said: "We are delighted to be launching our flagship aircraft's first commercial flight as scheduled for December 2016; the first services on our network to operate with our new aircraft and bearing the dynamic new livery. While the Boeing 777-300ER is primarily geared to long-haul destinations, Dubai is our highest frequency destinations [21 times per week]; so, we felt that for the first commercial flights we would showcase the new product to passengers who are some of our most loyal and frequent flyers."