Kenya Airways and South African Airways sign strategic partnership framework

SOUTH AFRICA – Kenya’s national carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ), has signed a Strategic Partnership Framework with South African Airways (SAA), a key milestone towards co-starting a Pan African Airline Group by 2023. The partnership framework follows the Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) that the two airlines signed two months ago to foster the exchange of knowledge, expertise, innovation, digital technologies, and best practice between the two airlines. The signing of the Strategic Partnership Framework by the two African airlines will see both airlines work together to increase passenger traffic, cargo opportunities,…

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Kenya Airways signs codeshare agreement with British Airways

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airway has announced a new codeshare agreement with British Airways, allowing its customers to connect to 26 destinations across the UK and Europe on routes operated by BA, including Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Frankfurt. Customers flying to Nairobi with British Airways will be able to connect to 20 destinations across East and Central Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa, and Entebbe. The agreement will also provide travelers with more options to reach holiday destinations such as Mauritius and Seychelles. British Airways currently…

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KQ and South African Airways plan to start a pan-African airline

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA), have signed a co-operation strategic partnership with the ultimate goal of co-starting a Pan-African Airline Group, reports Capital FM. The co-operation is among others, aimed at addressing the significant contraction witnessed in the history of the African air transport market which shrunk 50 percent in the wake of COVID-19. In a press statement, Kenya Airways noted that the memorandum of cooperation will be based on mutual benefits which seek to see an increase in passenger traffic, cargo opportunities,…

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Kenya Airways commences direct Johannesburg – DRC cargo services

DRC – The flag carrier airline of Kenya, Kenya Airways (KQ), has launched direct cargo flights between South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo. The move comes after the airline signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoU) with fly Congo Airways that would increase air connectivity and strengthen operations amid the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on the aviation industry. Previously, all traffic departing from Johannesburg had to pass through Nairobi. “We are delighted to mark our newly launched direct cargo flights between South Africa & the DRC at a…

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Kenya Airways cargo revenue up 60% in half year 2021

KENYA – Kenya Airways’ cargo revenues grew up by 60 percent due to strong focus on freighter operations in half-year 2021. The group has been able to uplift an increased 500 tonnes monthly, showing its cargo division’s outstanding agility in adapting its operations to provide air freight services in this new environment. Passenger revenue recorded a decline of 17 percent to Kshs.20.23 billion (US$184.2 million). During the first half of 2021, operations continued to be severely impacted by the Covid-19 crisis, resulting in depressed half-year results. The airline however recorded…

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Kenya Airways implements contactless payment at JKIA

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways, has implemented contactless transactions to enhance customer and staff health and safety priorities in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This service will be effective from 1st September 2021. The contactless transactions align with the airline’s strategy to develop sustainable business operations through investing in innovative processes and technologies for customer safety and security throughout the customer journey. Customers will be encouraged to use mobile money, credit, or debit cards to make any transactions at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), including purchasing tickets…

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Budget airline Jambojet to commence Nairobi-Goma flights in September 2021

KENYA – Jambojet, the low-cost airline and subsidiary of Kenya Airways, has announced plans to commence flights between Nairobi and the Democratic Republic of Congo city of Goma from September 2021. The flight to North Kivu capital is one of the two flights the low-cost carrier will introduce in September as part of its expansion plans. The airline says it will be operating two weekly flights between Nairobi and Goma which is located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo and will be gradually increased to four…

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Kenya Airways increases flights to European routes as summer demand surges

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways has increased frequencies to Europe following high demand from passengers seeking air travel for summer holidays. The carrier has increased weekly flights to Paris from three to four starting Saturday, July 17, 2021, London will get an additional flight from one to two starting July 27 while Amsterdam will get two frequencies beginning August 2, 2021. The rise in demand is the product of increased travel to Kenya and other East Africa countries by western tourists seeking safari visits and a view of the wildebeest migration in…

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Kenya Airways unveils innovation hub to support youth mentorship

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways PLC (KQ) has launched the Fahari Innovation Hub, a center for innovation that acts as a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovations to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges. The Fahari Innovation Hub is part of the airline’s s strategy in contributing to the sustainable development of Africa by empowering, partnering, and co-creating innovative ideas and strategies with local start-ups and the small-medium enterprises (SMEs) ecosystem. Speaking during the launch Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of ICT, Innovation and…

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Kenya Airways and Delta Airlines expand codeshare agreement

KENYA – Kenya Airways (KQ) and Delta Airlines have expanded their codeshare agreement, increasing the choice of destinations and extending Kenya Airways’ reach in North America via the U.S. gateway of New York-JFK and those of Delta in Africa. The new agreement enhances the airlines’ reach to 39 cities across Africa, the United States, and Canada. The enhanced agreement enables Delta customers flying nonstop on the airline’s services from New York-JFK to Accra, Ghana, to connect with Delta-marketed codeshare flights to Monrovia, Liberia, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, operated by Kenya…

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