A330-800neo High Range: Kuwait To Launch Washington Ops

A330-800neo High Range aircraft taking off.
Colin Cooke Photo, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

In a massive show towards the high range offering of the Airbus A330-800neo, Kuwait Airways will be launching direct services to Washington Dulles.

Coming in at a whopping 6,575 miles, this will be the longest nonstop flight on offer using the aircraft type.

Going from Kuwait City to Washington will take 13 hours and 55 minutes, with the return expected to take 12 hours and 30 minutes.

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A330-800neo High Range: Kuwait To Launch Washington Ops
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Whilst this will be the longest non-stop service so far, the A330-800neo actually has a range of 8,150 nautical miles.

Kuwait Airways’ A330-800neos currently offer a two-class configuration, consisting of 203 passengers in Economy and 32 in Business, as per data from Planespotters.net.

The carrier currently has a fleet of four of them, and use them on the higher density routes that they operate.

For example, the likes of Manchester often sees the aircraft, although as per AeroRoutes.com, this will be downgraded to the standard A330-200.

However, with this Washington service from Kuwait City, it will make the flight duration around 30-35 minutes longer than its existing New York services.

A question that needs to be asked is whether the airline will take the range much further than Washington?

For now, no, but it is most definitely a possibility, especially if the efficiency on the flights merit that moving forward.

For now, all eyes are now on the airline to see how this route using the A330-800neo will perform and what successes it may have.

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