Kenya Airways and South African regional airline Airlink sign interline agreement

KENYA – Kenya Airways has signed an interline agreement with Airlink, a South African regional airline to extend the Kenya’s national carrier’s in the Southern Africa region via Johannesburg and Cape Town. The new agreement will offer customers seamless travel of over 40 cities across Africa. Kenya Airways continues to diversify its services and operations in response to their customers needs. Under this latest agreement, Kenya Airways customers flying to South Africa will be able to connect with Airlink operated flights to Windhoek, Durban, Gaborone, Maseru, Pemba, Maputo, Port Elizabeth, among…

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Kenya Airways seeks US$501m bailout to weather Covid-19 pandemic

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) says it will need at least US$500 million in bailouts to stay afloat in the next nine months as it navigates the turbulent aviation sector following collapse in air travel demand amid Covid-19 economic fallout. The airline’s chief executive officer Allan Kilavuka, said that the money will be used on operations including staff remuneration, maintenance of aircraft and settling water, security, and electricity bills. Without the government bailout, Mr Kilavuka warned the airline risks running out of money in the near future as…

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Kenya Airways sinks into worst ever loss of US$329.5m

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has reported a net loss of US$329.5 million for 2020, the worst ever in the history of the airline, on account of Covid-19 disruptions that led to a sharp decline in passenger numbers. The loss, for the financial year ended December 2020, is almost triple more the US$118.2 million net loss it had posted a year earlier, and now deals a major blow to the recovery efforts of the national carrier. KQ chairman Michael Joseph says the outlook still looks bleak and the…

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Kenya Airways resumes Nairobi – New Delhi cargo flights

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), freight division KQ Cargo, has announced the resumption of its cargo services to New Delhi. The first cargo flight to resume from New Delhi landed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi, on 21st February 2021, carrying pharmaceuticals, machinery, and general merchandise from New Delhi. The weekly service will also serve to support Kenya’s and intra-African export market and provide a welcome lifeline to many local businesses reliant on overseas markets. Dick Murianki Kenya Airways Cargo Director said that KQ Cargo has…

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Kenya Airways slashes Nairobi – New York flights to one weekly

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has reduced Nairobi – New York flights to once per week after demand failed to grow since resuming operations on route on November on fresh Covid-19 restrictions. The airline said the Covid-19 fears and restrictions has affected demand on the US route, prompting the national carrier to scale down frequency from the planned two weekly flights. New travel rules require all international air travellers aged two years and older to present a negative coronavirus test taken within three calendar days of travel or proof…

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Kenya Airways to resume direct Nairobi – Rome flights in June 2021

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced plans to resume flights to Rome, Italy’s Capital, after abandoning the route for close to a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The airline will do direct flights from Nairobi to Rome beginning June 6th, 2021 with two weekly flights on Wednesdays and Sundays. The first flight out of Nairobi to Rome will depart on June 6 with return flights on Sunday. “We are delighted to resume weekly flights to Rome and will continue to maintain an expanding schedule to various…

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Kenya Airways to receive US$91.4m bailout from the government

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ), has received US$91.4 million from the Kenyan government as part of efforts to prop up the carrier after the Covid-19 pandemic grounded airlines globally. The airline, which is 48.9% owned by the government with Air France-KLM holding a small stake, secured US$71.3 million from Kenya’s National Treasury and US$18.3 million from the ministry of transport, Business Daily newspaper reported, citing a supplementary budget presented to parliament for approval. Kenya Airways has not commented on the report, which did not say when the airline…

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Kenya Airways gets nod fly B787 freighters to meet cargo demand

KENYA – Kenya Airways and Avianor, an affiliate of DRAKKAR Aerospace & Ground Transportation., have reached an agreement to collectively repurpose its aircraft cabins into cargo transportation on the B787. The repurposing of this first Dreamliner has since been completed and Kenya Airways has received air worthiness approval from the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCCA) and Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) and will soon begin cargo flights on the first ever repurposed certified Dreamliner in the world. This joint effort is a worldwide breakthrough as it is the first ever cargo…

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Kenyan low-cost airline Jambojet introduces flexible payment plan for customers

KENYA – Jambojet a Kenyan low-cost airline has introduced a flexible payment plan for passengers flying on the regional budget carrier. Passengers can now book and pay for their flights in a flexible payment plan for bookings made at least 60 days in advance. This follows the introduction of a ticketing product dubbed Jaza pole pole where passengers will be required to make a down payment of as low as US$24.2 per person and the balance paid in three instalments. Passengers using this platform will have up to two hours to make…

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Kenya Airways suspends Paris and Amsterdam flights as demand dwindles

KENYA – National carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has temporarily suspended its flights to France and the Netherlands following new Covid-19 regulations in Europe which have lowered demand. The suspension of flights to France’s Charles de Gaulle Airport and Netherland’s Schiphol Airport will last throughout the month of February. The Kenyan national carrier said it expects to resume flights to France on March 3 and the Netherlands on March 7, 2021. “The airline expects to resume regular services to France on March 3, 2021, and to the Netherlands on March 7 2021, and…

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