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Kenya Airways and Virgin Atlantic sign an interline agreement

Kenya Airways and Virgin Atlantic Airways have signed an interline agreement:

Kenya Airways (KQ), and Virgin Atlantic (VS) announced an interline agreement that will provide greater convenience to customers.

Under the interline agreement, Kenya Airways will extend its reach in the US, the Caribbean, and Israel via London. Kenya Airways customers flying to London will be able to connect with Virgin Atlantic-operated flights to Boston, Washington, Atlanta, Austin, Miami, Orlando, Las Vegas, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Antigua, Barbados, The Bahamas, Jamaica, Grenada, and Tel Aviv among others.

The agreement further enables Virgin Atlantic passengers to book a through ticket to Nairobi and enjoy seamless connections to Kenya Airways destinations across Africa including Tanzania, Uganda, Seychelles, Mauritius, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Madagascar among others.

Previously, Kenya Airways (KQ) and South African Airways (SAA) have signed a codeshare agreement that opens more destinations for seamless travel opportunities. As demand for air travel rebounds, the code-sharing agreement will see each airline sell, under its own code, flights operated by each other; South African Airways or Kenya Airways. SAA’s customers will continue to have the ability to earn Voyager Miles on these new codeshare flights. The deal enables travelers to combine flight segments and baggage on a single ticket.

Passengers travelling out of South Africa will have more options to travel to African destinations including Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Entebbe, Mombasa, and Kisumu while KQ passengers will have more choices for travel into Southern Africa including Cape Town, Durban, and Harare immediately. The growth of the partnership will see the addition of Zanzibar, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Douala, Lusaka Ghana and Nigeria subject to government approval as the airlines seek to offer more options for travelers within Africa.

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Kenya Airways’ support of wildlife with special liveries

2022 special "Black Rhino" livery

Kenya Airways is supporting African wildlife with special liveries.

Case in point is the support of Ol Pejata Conservancy and the Black Rhino.

Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZD (msn 36041) (Black Rhino) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 957316.

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Kenya Airways to resume flights to Dubai

Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8Q8 WL 5Y-KYE (msn 35286) JNB (Ton Jochems). Image: 956614.

Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the resumption of daily flights to Dubai effective January 31, 2022.

This follows the ease on travel restrictions that had been issued by the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA) on flights from Kenya and other African nations.

The lifting of the travel ban into and out of Dubai takes effect from January 29, 2022, 14:30hrs Dubai time.

It will impact flights traveling from Kenya, Congo Brazzaville, Congo DRC, Botswana, Ethiopia, Eswatini, Ghana, Guinea, Lesotho, Liberia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 737-8Q8 WL 5Y-KYE (msn 35286) JNB (Ton Jochems). Image: 956614.

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Kenya drops plans to nationalize Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZF (msn 36043) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956248.

Kenya Airways will not be nationalized. The government of Kenya has dropped its plans to fully nationalize the flag carrier.

Instead the government will look at other ways to safeguard its loans to the carrier according to the IMF.

Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 41 destinations worldwide, 34 of which are in Africa and carries over four million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.


The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Kenya Airways takes pride in being at the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi.

Kenya Airways celebrated 43 years of operations in January 2020 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2019 by the World Travel Awards.

Top Copyright Photo: Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 5Y-KZF (msn 36043) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 956248.

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British Airways adds new African destinations through a codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways

(Picture by Nick Morrish/British Airways)

British Airways’ customers will be able to fly to more destinations across Africa, thanks to a new codeshare agreement with Kenya Airways.

Customers flying to Nairobi with British Airways will be able to seamlessly connect onto 20 destinations across East and Central Africa, including Douala, Zanzibar, Lusaka, Mombasa, Addis Ababa and Entebbe, as well as offering customers more options to get to popular holiday hotspot, Mauritius and Seychelles.

In the reciprocal agreement, customers flying with Kenya Airways to London, will now be able to connect onto 26 destinations across the UK and Europe that British Airways operates to, including Glasgow, Madrid, Milan, Amsterdam and Frankfurt.

British Airways currently offers four flights a week from London Heathrow to Nairobi, operated by a four class Boeing 777 aircraft, which offers cabins from World Traveller (economy) right up to First (First class)

British Airways’ Executive Club members will be able to earn Avios and tier points when flying on eligible codeshare routes operated by 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.