Kuwait Airways no longer flies between New York JFK and London because it would have had to carry Israeli passport holders to do so under US law, while the government of Kuwait does not recognize the state of Israel.
But they do fly non-stop between New York and Kuwait City. And they offer one of the least expensive premium products in the world. Historically that premium product has been awful (and they’re a dry airline to boot) but it’s cheap. For instance, here’s Cairo – New York JFK in business class for $592:
That’s not even a one off, it’s available all the time:
Colombo, Sri Lanka — an easy to use return point from the Maldives — is available in business from less than $1000.
Here’s the thing: it’s not going to remain a terrible hard product, at least, because the Kuwait City – New York JFK route is getting the airline’s brand new Boeing 777-300ER.
This amidst greater competition as Gulf rival Saudia (which is government-supported and bigger than Etihad) is introducing first class suites onboard its new Boeing 777s. There’s no question its business class is antiquated (albeit with nice Ferragamo amenities).
First class offers fully enclosed suites.
Business class is finally fully flat, albeit not with direct aisle access for all seats.
The economy cabin is good looking, with video on demand at each seat and reportedly generous legroom.
And the plane has seat power. And wifi.