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Kenya Airways is the national airline of Kenya. The carrier is based at Jomo Kenyatta International AirportNairobi, and operates an extensive network of regional services within Kenya and Africa as well as flights to Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Kenya Airways became a member of SkyTeam in Jun-2010. By Capa Aviation.
 By Wolfgang H.Thome   1st January 2016

Kenya’s national airline Kenya Airways and SkyTeam partner Air France have in December put pen to paper as the two airlines expanded their codeshare arrangements.
It is understood that passengers travelling on the Kenya Airways’ flights from Nairobi to Paris – a route on which the airline uses their Boeing B787 Dreamliner – now have access to a number of European destinations out of Paris, operated by Air France but with the KQ code attached to it.
Destinations given to this correspondent are among others Lisbon / Portugal, Bologna, Venice and Milan in Italy and London and Edinburgh in the UK, the London flights over and above the daily nonstop service out of Nairobi.
In turn do SkyTeam partners KLM / Air France access to a range of African destinations via Nairobi, where Kenya Airways operates the flights and has both the KL and AF codes attached to it.

Ngunze, Mbuvi - Executive Director of Kenya Airways LTD


Mr. Mbuvi Ngunze has served as Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director of KENYA AIRWAYS LIMITED since November 1, 2014. He served as Chief Operating Officer of the Company between September 2011 and November 1, 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree accounting option from the University of Nairobi. He is a Chartered Accountant (England and Wales) and is also a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Management Development Program (PMD75). He joined Price Waterhouse in Nairobi. In 1995, he rejoined Price Waterhouse in Kenya as Audit Manager. In 1998, he joined Bamburi Cement (a Lafarge subsidiary) as Finance Manager and was promoted to the Finance Director’s position in February 1999. He held this position up to March 2002 when he was appointed Managing Director Hima Cement Uganda (Lafarge). In May 2006, he moved to the headquarters of Lafarge in Paris. He first took up the role of Mission Director in the Group Audit Department for six months, and then was appointed Group Vice President Internal Communications in November 2006. In March 2009, he was appointed General Manager for Lafarge’s operations in Tanzania (Mbeya Cement).


Earlier today an African low-cost carrier confirmed that after a cat-and-mouse game played by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the airline was finally granted an Air Service License (ASL).
This will now set the ball rolling for a countdown towards flight readiness, as a source close to Fastjet PLC confirmed to this correspondent a few hours ago. “Now that Fastjet has an ASL they can start their work to set up the airline in Kenya. That means open offices, recruit staff, and start the process to get their AOC. They will have to bring in at least one aircraft or maybe to for the startup and register it in Kenya. KCAA will conduct an audit on their operating manuals, procedures, maintenance arrangements, accountable managers, etc. and normally that can take at least three months or more.”
Ed Winter, CEO of Fastjet PLC, was prompt to welcome the decision by the Kenyan Civil Aviation Authority which had kept the application pending for an entirely unreasonable period of time: “The granting of the Kenya ASL is a major step forward in fastjet’s plans to become a truly pan-African, low-cost airline. Following recently-announced progress towards the Zambia AOC and the receipt of our AOC in Zimbabwe last week, today’s announcement signals a very substantial acceleration in the development of the fastjet network and our future growth plans. We are very pleased that the KCAA has recognized the important part that fastjet can play in developing Kenyan aviation, and look forward to working with them towards fastjet Kenya’s first flights.”
It could not be ascertained though when Fastjet (Tanzania) will be granted their landing rights for flights from Dar es Salaam to Nairobi, another application which the KCAA has deferred time and again under the pretext of seeking additional information, something industry insiders called “absolute rubbish” when asked to comment on the why and when of this long-pending application.

It is understood that the matter may have been raised during the farewell visit of outgoing Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete as the granting of landing rights was part of a greater deal which was struck earlier in the year between the two countries on several controversial issues affecting the tourism industry.
The arrival of Fastjet on the Kenyan aviation scene will no doubt send shivers down the spines of other, real or imagined, low-cost carriers in Kenya and have their strategists scramble to work out ways and means to stand up to the upcoming competition. Fastjet will very likely offer services from Nairobi to Mombasa, in direct competition with former partner Fly540 and FlySax and also with Jambojet, Kenya Airways’ low-cost subsidiary.
Flights into the region, once a designation has been obtained from KCAA, will very likely include Entebbe, Dar es Salaam, and even Juba, again going head on with established full service and hybrid LCCs operating on some of those routes. After Tanzania, Zimbabwe, and Zambia, where an AOC is due to be issued any time, Kenya will become Fastjet PLC’s fourth African country with South Africa also still very much on the drawing boards.


Non stop flights Kenya-USA: An Obama and Kenyatta aviation tourism focus

While on a visit to Kenya, discussions between Presidents Obama and President Kenyatta were also focusing on the establishment of direct if not nonstop flights between the two countries, something repeatedly attempted in the past but always fallen foul of security concerns and lack of CAT 1 approval of Kenya’s main airport by the American Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Both delegations agreed that the start of direct flights was desirable and would boost both trade and tourism, but these political expressions of will and intent require more than just polite applause once the communique is read out.

Previous articles here have highlighted the challenges Kenya faces vis-a-vis the required FAA audit before a Category 1 certification can be achieved. Strict separation of traffic streams, inbound and outbound, is just one of the major criteria which must be fulfilled, and the last audit, while reaching close to the pass mark, was still short by a few points. This triggered some frantic activity behind the scenes at the Kenya Airport Authority, in part driven by Kenya Airways’ desire to commence direct flights into the United States, now that the airline has the Boeing B787 Dreamliner on the fleet, which is capable of nonstop flights to the east coast of the US.

It is understood from usually well-informed sources that a number of measures have been taken to mitigate the shortcomings of past audits with the aim to cross the threshold set by the FAA and pass the next inspection, which is reportedly due in September.

While political will can fast-track such audits, the technical criteria and relevant boxes must still all be ticked if Kenya is indeed to launch flights from Nairobi to the US and in turn an American carrier be allowed to fly from a US gateway to Nairobi, as is permitted under the existing BASA, short for Bilateral Air Services Agreement.

Addis Ababa’s Bole International Airport has achieved Category 1 clearance as does Cairo’s International Airport, with among others, OR Tambo International in Johannesburg being another such facility cleared for nonstop and direct flights into the US. This alone is a major reason why Kenya is working frantically towards accomplishing this certification to facilitate in particular exports of flowers and fresh produce to the United States while in turn boosting visitor numbers from the US to Kenya and the region. Presently, travelers need to connect either via one of the European hub airports or travel with one of the main Gulf airlines, all of which connect to Nairobi on a daily and even double-daily basis. 



April the first will definitely not be the traditional Fools Dayť for Kenyan aviation, as a new low-cost carrier is set to launch.

A few weeks ago, Dr. Titus Naikuni, CEO of Kenya Airways, announced that Jambo Jet will likely launch during Q1 of 2014 and the date now obtained from a source close to the airline is not far out for that matter. Bookings will be opened before the end of February and can be accessed through the same CRS on which Kenya Airways is present.

Refreshments on board will have to be paid for by passengers, unlike on parent company Kenya Airways flights, where inflight service of drinks on domestic routes is part of the standard level of service. It was also confirmed that checked in bags will attract a fee on each sector as is customary among LCCs.

Jambo Jet, a logo is still to be unveiled, will initially fly from Nairobi to Mombasa and Kisumu, though the two other domestic destination of Eldoret and perhaps even Malindi may well also be served by flights. It is not known at this moment in time how the introduction of Jambo Jet flights to these destinations will affect the current Kenya Airways schedule although insider information has it that Kenya Airways flights properť may be thinned outť to make space for Jambo Jet's flights which, considering the substantial difference in fares, are very likely to see traffic to these destinations shift as far as the domestic market is concerned. Kenya Airways will, however, maintain key connections linked to international arrivals and departures of their flights in Nairobi to make sure passengers with final destination beyond Nairobi will have easy and convenient onward flights.

Unlike parent company Kenya Airways, which is increasingly using the Embraer E190 on domestic routes, Jambo Jet will commence operations with initially two B737-300 aircraft, which will feature a single-class cabin, unlike Kenya Airways where a premium business class is available on all flights.

Jambo Jet will on the Kenyan domestic market compete with other low-cost carriers like Fly540 and FlySAX and on a regional basis prepare the battle ground for the expected push of FastJet into the Kenyan market, after being constrained to Tanzania since its launch in late 2012, where it now operates to 4 domestic destinations and two international destinations, the latter being Johannesburg and Lusaka.



(eTN) - News is coming out of Nairobi that Kenya Airways will launch flights to Livingstone, Zambia, in June, then routing on to Harare, Zimbabwe. The available schedule information pegs the operations between June 2 until initially October 25, but if successful might extend further beyond that date.

The aircraft on the route will be an Embraer 190E, which increasingly has turned into the domestic and regional workhorse aircraft for Kenya Airways, as more of these sleep birds await delivery in coming months.

Livingstone and Victoria Falls on the other side of the Zambezi River will jointly host the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly this year and as a result expect hugely-raised publicity for the two destinations and the national parks in both countries, resulting in greater demand from tourists keen on seeing the Zambian wilderness areas or Zimbabwe’s ancient ruins.

27 May 13, 2013



Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced the commencement of direct flights to Abu Dhabi, the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, as it grows its presence in the Middle East.
The airline will start operating the service on the route from 01 July, 2013, flying three times a week between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi.
The city of Abu Dhabi is the second KQ destination in the United Arab Emirates, after Dubai where the airline already flies to 10 times a week.
Kenya Airways' Chief Executive Officer and Group Managing Director, Titus Naikuni, said the new route will provide a vital connection between Africa and the Middle East leveraging on the relationship with Etihad Airways.
"These flights are intended to add value to our customers by providing improved connections and more choices of travel into other parts of the Middle East," Dr. Naikuni added.
The launch of flights to Abu Dhabi comes just months after Kenya Airways signed a codeshare agreement with Etihad Airways, the national carrier of the United Arab Emirates. The agreement allows Kenya Airways' passengers to seamlessly connect to Etihad Airways' other destinations, while also ferrying those originating from various Etihad destinations in the Middle East to different parts of Africa through Nairobi.
Abu Dhabi International Airport is the gateway to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Abu Dhabi, a cosmopolitan centre of business and a tourist attraction, has many things to offer visitors and residents including an immensely versatile landscape, a thriving investment hub and a friendly living environment.
Kenya Airways will be flying to the city on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; departing from its Jomo Kenyatta International Airport hub in Nairobi at 19:25 Hours, and arriving in Abu Dhabi at 01:05 the following day. The return flights will leave Abu Dhabi on each of those days at 02:05 Hours and arriving in Nairobiat 05:55 on the same day.
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About Kenya Airways:
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to over 59 destinations worldwide, 40 of which are in Africa,  and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 41 aircraft fleet being one of the most modern in Africa.
Its 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. In 2010, it scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa.Kenya Airways takes pride in being at the fore front of connecting Africa to the world and the World to Africa through its hub, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

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