Review of Kuwait Airways flight Tehran Kuwait City in Economy

Airline Kuwait Airways
Flight KU514
Class Economy
Seat 25K
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:00
Take-off 04 Jan 15, 12:00
Arrival at 04 Jan 15, 13:30
KU 18 reviews
Published on 14th February 2015
Hi all,

This is about my trip back home to Iran and to the Arabic countries in the Persian Gulf area, you can see all parts here:

Toronto to Frankfurt- Air Canada:
Frankfurt to Tehran- Lufthansa- Tehran Pictures:
Tehran- Shiraz- Tehran- Mahan Air:
Tehran to Kuwait- Kuwait Airways:
Kuwait to Dubai- Kuwait Airways:
Dubai to Doha- Qatar Airways:
Doha to Bahrain- British Airways:
Bahrain to Kuwait- United Airlines:
Kuwait to Dubai- Fly Dubai:
Dubai to Vienna- Austrian Airlines:
Vienna to Toronto- Austrian Airlines:

I was travelling to Dubai from Tehran. There are many option with direct flights such as Iran Air, Mahan Air or Emirates but since I always wanted to try Kuwait Airways, I chose this airline with a 2 hour connection in Kuwait.

Approaching Tehran;s International airport which is located around 30 KM south of Tehran

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The terminal building

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The curbside

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A walkway tunnel connecting the terminal to the parking and the hotel

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The ibis/Novotel hotel

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Inside- very spacious and nice clean terminal

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European carriers and Europe bound flights are mostly in middle of the night from 1 to 5 am and in the morning there are mostly flights to Dubai, Iraq and other neighboring countries along with Iran Air flights to europe

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Exploring the landside

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There are a row of luggage belts to the right side and the left side, this is looking down to the left side ones

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Downstairs- left side arrival part, there are restos on the arrival side than the departures area

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This is the main and the right side arrival hall and baggage claim

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Back up at the departures level

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Past the security check- The check in counters are past the secuirty check and only passengers are allowed to come here

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There are many rows of check in desks I think around 10 rows

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Advertisement of Turkish that says 5 daily flights to Istanbul

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The check in counters for Kuwait Airways

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After check in is the passport control and then you go airside- These are the passport control line ups

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Airisde- There are shops around in the center with a coffe shop to the left and a resto at the right, you can't go to the boarding gates area till about 1 hour before departure. Once your gate is called then you can go to the final security check at the gates section

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The passport contorl is visible here and people passing through

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Downstairs are the washroom,s Lounges and some banks

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Qatar just arrived from Doha

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Tehran is up there at the foot of those mountains

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Emirates arrving from Dubai

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Back upstairs

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The entrance to the gates areas

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Qatar departing to Doha

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Emirates also pushing back to Dubai- I went to the airport early that's why I saw them all come in and leave lol

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Yay, My plane arriving from Kuwait

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I love the Kuwait livery so beautiful :)

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Emirates taking off

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Azerbaijan landing from Baku

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Mahan to Yerevan

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Then I passed through secutiry check for the gates and walked towards my gate

Gates area

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Kuwait :)

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Our gate

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When you enter the crew asks where your seat number is and walk with you and show you the seat. That was very nice of them and I had not seen it anywhere else

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The seats were comfortable with a good legroom

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Window view

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The duty free magazine

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The inflight magazine

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A fun map of Kuwait city

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Route map

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Push back

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Passing next to many cool Iranian carriers

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Take off

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Tehran is not visible as it's very far, only some small towns here

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Lunch service

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The meal tasted nice

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Descend into Kuwait

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Kuwait city

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The amazing and huge Avenues Mall. It's length is twice the length of Dubai mall and it has between 800 to 900 stores. It spans for 2 big city blocks. An amazing place and architecture and a must see when in Kuwait.

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The VIP terminal

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Airport terminal

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These 2 gates are reserved for Jazeera Airways only

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When you disembark, you enter the departures level/air side and don't need to pass through security again to go to transit

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Hope you enjoyed this FR :)

See more


Kuwait Airways

Cabin crew8.5

Tehran - IKA


Kuwait City - KWI



Overall a comfortable flight with Kuwait. The cabin seems old and needs to be refurbished. Seats were comfortable though with e agood leg room.



If you liked this review or if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to post a comment below !
  • Comment 129414 by
    SKYTEAMCHC GOLD 10275 Comments
    Thanks for your Report. The cabin looks very outdated and run down but globally the flight seems ok.
    Kuwait airways really needs a product upgrade
    The spotting at IKA and on arrivals is great !
  • Comment 129440 by
    IR_HP 2 Comments
    Very excellent report
  • Comment 129456 by
    jetsetpanda 2283 Comments
    Thanks for sharing another beautiful report.

    IKA looks like an excellent airport for spotting and it is quite modern inside. Nobody told you anything about taking pictures of the counters and the entrance to the gates?

    KU provides an acceptable product and at least they make the effort to provide a warm snack.
    • Comment 310670 by
      whitelight44 AUTHOR 346 Comments
      Thanks so much Jetsetpanda. Yes, Tehran's airport is very nice and although not very big, it has a very nice and good vibe. No, in Iran it's not hard to take pictures, no one told me anything. You just can't take pictures of government buildings other than that they don't really care :)
  • Comment 129483 by
    marathon GOLD 10159 Comments
    The decoration at IKA is outdated, but the airport seems efficient. The plane spotter friendliness is a distinct plus; thanks for letting us share it !
    I dislike airports where the security check is at gate level, locking you in a boarding room where there is little to do and space to move around.
    KU's offering is decent for a regional flight of that duration.
    The reddish lighting at KWI looks strange : is that due to image postprocessing ?
    Thanks for this comprehensive FR !

    • Comment 310724 by
      whitelight44 AUTHOR 346 Comments
      Thanks Marathon, Yes, I also don't like when security is at gates and you can't hang out and walk around the whole airport. There was a heavy smog and haze in Kuwait so I had to process the images a bit to show the buildings a bit more but it was pretty much the same color.
  • Comment 129507 by
    02022001 GOLD 4440 Comments
    Thanks to sharing this flight report. Good idea to try this airlines and maybe also safer than mahan air ??
    I don't know this last one go to Yerevan...
  • Comment 129635 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 6853 Comments
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful and exotic report! Tehran airport looks bigger than I thought it would be. Nice plane spotting at IKA! The cabin of your A320 does look old, but the older style seats with a lot of padding are often more comfortable than newer style slim seats.
  • Comment 566772 by
    alexsajen 11 Comments
    Hey Whitelight44, thanks a lot for this amazingly detailed FR with heaps of superb pictures. I liked the fact that you were impressed with KU, but as a resident of Kuwait, I felt that this was outdated, now that KU have new and modern fleet in their hands.
    Great to know that they still have fine service, though it is not the kind that Emirates or Qatar Airways serves. Thanks a lot once again.
  • Comment 607507 by
    thejetflyer BRONZE 149 Comments
    I am known for my detailed reviews but I have to say I am deeply impressed with the passion, effort and excellence shown in this report ! I loved the Planespotting - what a treat for the eyes before the actual flight which was well covered ! Well done and I am so happy to be in the company of such an amazing Flight Reporter !

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