Category Archives: Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways leases two Embraer 190s to Congo Airways

Kenya Airways PLC (KQ), has signed an aircraft lease agreement and begun operating a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways.

The agreement will see Kenya Airways lease two Embraer E190 jets to Congo Airways, boosting domestic operations and flight frequencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

In addition, Kenya Airways has today commenced direct cargo flights from Johannesburg to Lubumbashi.

Kenya Airways will also offer courses through its Pride Centre and explore the exchange of technical personnel in various areas to ensure skills transfer between the two airlines.

The partnership strengthens collaboration and bolsters aviation ties between Kenya and the DRC, actualizing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways signed in April 2021 in Kinshasa and witnessed by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi.

KQ currently operates an Embraer maintenance service centre – through its Technical Department – having flown the Embraer jets since 2008. Its Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) has two state-of-the-art hangers, mechanical and avionics workshops, and extensive warehousing capable of handling line and base maintenance of several aircraft models, including Boeing 737s E-Jets, and Boeing 787.

The International Air Transport Associations (IATA) estimates that African airlines saw a combined loss of USD 2 billion due to reduced passenger travel in 2020. Kenya Airways continues to diversify its services and operations in response to the ongoing impact of COVID19 on the aviation sector.

Congo Airways was established on August 15, 2014 with the first flight was flown on October 20, 2015.

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Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways boost connectivity between U.S. and Africa

Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways PLC have expanded their codeshare agreement, increasing the choice of destinations offered by Delta in Africa and extending Kenya Airways’ reach in North America via the U.S. gateway of New York-JFK. The new agreement enhances the airlines’ already extensive codeshare network to offer seamless travel to a total of 39 cities across Africa, the U.S. 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 Airways. Delta-marketed codeshare flights will also be available on Kenya Airways’ services from Nairobi to Cape Town, South Africa; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Kigali, Rwanda.

From New York-JFK, Kenya Airways has placed its code on Delta’s services to Washington’s Ronald Regan National Airport, offering customers increased access to the U.S. capital, as well as to Indianapolis, Indiana.

Delta and Kenya Airways are both members of the SkyTeam alliance. Frequent Flyers can earn and redeem miles on both airlines, while Elite Plus travelers benefit from SkyPriority services.

Kenya Airways to restore the London Heathrow route

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

Kenya Airways will restore the Nairobi – London (Heathrow) route on June 26, 2021.

Flights were suspended on April 9, 2021.

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Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

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TAL Aviation to operate Kenya Airways Cargo

Kenya Airways and TAL Aviation have made this joint announcement:

Kenya Airways and TAL Aviation cargo divisions sign agreement, making it the first time TAL Aviation will be providing cargo and logistics services for the airline.

Headed by Anita Mirchandani, TAL Aviation’s Country Manager Ivory Coast, Anita and her team will be providing a variety of cargo and logistics services throughout its market as sole representative of Kenya Airways Cargo. 

It’s freight division, Kenya Airways Cargo, offers freight services throughout the African continent, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. 

 

Kenya Airways has also appointed TAL Aviation as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for its passenger services in France.  TAL Aviation’s French team will be providing a full range of services on behalf of the airline, as well as supporting its long-haul Paris route.  

About TAL Aviation Group:

TAL Aviation is a Global Airline Representation organization with more than 35 offices covering over 50 countries throughout Europe, Asia, the Pacific and the Americas.

Kenya Airways is impacted by a strike at Nairobi Airport

Kenya Airways issued this statement:

Kenya Airways regrettably wishes to inform its customers and the general public that due to the illegal strike by Kenya Aviation Workers Union (KAWU), the airline will be experiencing disruptions in normal flight operations.
As a result of this strike, we anticipate situations of flight delays, cancellations and schedule changes. We regret this situation and we are making every effort to minimize the inconveniences this strike action may cause to our guests.
The relevant stakeholders are already doing everything possible to restore operations at the airport.
Kenya Airways wishes to issue the following update to all customers and the general public as at 13:15 hrs.
Please note the revised flight schedule below. We have since combined a number of flights to the following destinations.
We would like to thank you for your continued support and apologise for the disruption caused to your travel plans.

Kenya Airways to start New York flights on October 28

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

Kenya Airways, as planned, will launch its new nonstop flights from Nairobi to New York (JFK) on October 28, 2018.

The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers.

The new route will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day. From New York the flight will depart at 12:25 landing at Nairobi at 10:55 the following day. The duration will be 15 hours east bound and 14 hours west bound.

Top Copyright Photo (all other by Kenya Airways): Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZE (msn 36042) ZRH (Ton Jochems). Image: 942202.

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Kenya Airways to fly nonstop to New York JFK

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZD (msn 36041) LHR (SPA). Image: 926608.

Kenya Airways (Nairobi) is planning to launch nonstop Nairobi – New York (JFK) daily flights on October 28, 2018. The new route will be operated with Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

The airline issued this statement:

Kenya Airways on January 11, 2018 marks a great milestone with the launch of a nonstop flight from Nairobi to New York. The national carrier starts selling tickets for the inaugural flight which is scheduled for October 28, 2018.
Kenya Airways becomes the first airline to offer a nonstop flight between East Africa and the United States of America.
It will be the fastest connection from East Africa to New York, with a 15 hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound. The ultra-long-haul flight, unique to Kenya Airways network, will require 4 Pilots and 12 Flight attendants as well as 85 tons of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.
The airline will operate its state of the art Boeing 787 Dreamliner with a capacity of 234 passengers. The flight will depart every day from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 23:25 arriving at JFK airport in New York at 06:25 the following day. From New York it will depart at 12:25 landing at JKIA at 10:55 the following day.

 

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Kenya Airways to retire its Boeing 777s this summer

Kenya Airways (Nairobi) is planning to phase out its Boeing 777s this summer as its new Boeing 787s will complete the take over all of its long-haul international routes.

According to Airline Route, the carrier is planning to retire its last Boeing 777-200 ER tentatively on May 18 on the Dubai – Nairobi route.

According to the same report, the airline is also planning to phase out its relatively new Boeing 777-300 ERs. The last flight is currently scheduled for September 26 on the London (Heathrow) – Nairobi route.

Copyright Photo: SPA/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-2U8 ER 5Y-KYZ (msn 36124) departs from London (Heathrow).

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Kenya Airways to introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the London Heathrow route

Kenya Airways (Nairobi) will introduce the new Boeing 777-300 ER on the Nairobi – London (Heathrow) route next summer as a replacement aircraft. The Triple Seven will replace the smaller Boeing 787-8 on the route from June 14 through September 14 per Airline Route.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 777-3U8 ER 5Y-KZX (msn 42097) taxies to the gate at Amsterdam.

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