Established in 1977, Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of Kenya with its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. Kenya Airways is a member of the Sky Team Alliance and is a leading African airline flying to 53 destinations worldwide and carries over four million passengers annually. Kenya Airways offers world-class standards in service delivery, product quality and operational performance. Kenya Airways "The Pride of Africa" aims to be airline of choice, connecting the World to Africa and Africa to the World.
Kenya Airways flies to many destinations both domestic and international. Kenya Airlines flies to Nairobi, Luanda, Cotonou, Gaborone, Ouagadougou, Bujumbura, Douala, Yaounde, Bangui, Guangzhou, Moroni, Abidjan, Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Djibouti, Cairo, Malabo, Addis Ababa, Paris, Libreville, Accra, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Kisumu, Malindi, Mombasa, Monrovia, Antananarivo, Blantyre, Mahe, Freetown, Johannesburg, Juba, Khartoum and many others.
As part of its Star Alliance membership, Kenya Airways has codeshare agreements with KLM, Air France, Korean Air, Aeroflot, China Southern, Kulula, Garuda Indonesia, Saudi Arabian Airlines, Vietnam Airlines, China Eastern, Precision Air, Air Mauritius, Air Mozambique, Jet Airways, TAAG-Angola Airlines, Air Burkina and Air Namibia. Kenya Airways' fleet consists of Boeing 787-8, Boeing B777-300ER, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-700, Boeing 737-300 and Embraer 190 AR.
Passengers with Kenya Airways can be rewarded for regular travel with Kenya Airways through Flying Blue. Passengers can earn miles with Air France, KLM and Kenya Airways through Flying Blue. You can earn Award Miles when flying with Kenya Airways through 4 tiers of membership: Ivory, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Award Miles can be used both in the air and on the ground through hotels.
Kenya Airways offers new lounges in Nairobi's airport in Terminal 1A second floor. The two lounges have a total capacity of 315 guests. In 2015, Kenya Airways won Africa's leading Airline-Business Class in the World Travel Awards. In 2014, Kenya Airways receives its first Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft and second Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Kenya Airways was a candidate for SkyTeam alliance in 2005. KLM sponsored the african airline along the way and in 2007, Kenya Airways became one of the first official Sky Team Associate Airlines. Later, in 2010, the airline became a full member of the alliance. Benefits, among others, are accesibility to the large number of members' network and passenger facilities.
In 2012, the company iniciated a huge expansion plan. Kenya Airways is set to expand to 24 new destinations by 2021. Among the new destinations the carrier will include are Sao Paulo, Toronto and Perth, as well as seven new destinations in China. In addition, Kenya Airways has purchased several aircrafts, including Boeings 777s and 787s. In November 2016, Kenya Airways announced enhanced cooperation with India's Jet Airways to codeshare on domestic flights within cities in India. The agreement will link Mumbai and New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad, in order to enhance connectivity choices for guests traveling from Kenya in to India. Through this agreement, Kenya Airways will have its flight code (KQ) on Jet Airways' seven daily flights between Mumbai and New Delhi, five daily flights from Mumbai to Ahmedabad and five daily flights between Mumbai and Hyderabad for travel effective today. This, together with KQ's twice daily flights on the Nairobi - Mumbai route will allow Kenya Airways passengers greater access to these key Indian cities and onwards to other destinations in India. The arrangement also enables Jet Airways passengers to book codeshare tickets to Nairobi, and access the rest of Kenya Airways network across Africa. In May 2017, Kenya Airways announced it had introduced direct flights to Victoria Falls after launching its Nairobi - Victoria Falls - Cape Town route. The new route, which is being serviced by an Embraer E190 with a configuration of 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats, is the airline's 52nd and it's second in Zimbabwe after the Nairobi-Harare route where it operates 21 flights weekly. Kenya Airways will service the new route three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. This will see the airline increasing its operations to Cape Town from four, which are serviced via Livingstone, to six.
2nd May 2017
Kenya Airways opens cargo express centre at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
The centre is aimed at improving KQ cargo revenue as part of the turnaround strategy, Operation Pride while catering for premium cargo clients needing express services. The facility will ensure Kenya Airways cargo customers get efficient and quick service targeting major courier and e-commerce players. It will be a one-stop shop for airlines and freight forwarders to enhance efficiency in e-commerce logistics, electronic customers clearance and cargo handling services, mail-handling and airport ground handling service. “This centre is equivalent of the First Class lounge that our passengers enjoy. It is one of the many initiatives under our turnaround strategy to find new revenue sources,” said Kenya Airways CEO and MD Mbuvi Ngunze.
28th April 2017
The Ministry of Tourism of Kenya will invest more into marketing the country’s tourist attractions in regional than international markets
The ministry has opened a Tourist Information Centre at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport which is aimed at making information on Kenya more accessible. This new strategy is projected to help grow tourist arrivals by 20% annually starting this year. Arrivals are expected to increase from 1.34 million last year to about 1.5 million this year, with full recovery expected in 2018.
Kenya Tourism Board, the country’s lead marketer, has also partnered with Kenya Airways to market destination Kenya through a branded Boeing Dreamliner.
One of KQ’s Boeing 787-8 has been branded ‘Magical Kenya’– the official travel and tourism guide by the KTB – which describes attractions and provides databases of safari operators and accommodation in Kenya.
24th April 2017
Kenya Airways launches Nairobi - Victoria Falls flights
Kenya Airways has announced that the airline will bring forward the launch of the maiden flight to Victoria Falls to 1st May 2017. Kenywa Airways also has planned to introduce connecting flights to Cape Town, South Africa.
28th March 2017
Kenya Airways's partner KLM have announced that they will resume flights to Sierra Leone and Liberia
For the first time in 20 years, KLM will resume flights to Freetown in Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia. The flight services were halted during the civil wars in the 1990s.
The new service will fly 3 times a week, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (from Amsterdam and returning via Monrovia).The return of the service will add more connecting opportunities for Amsterdam Schiphol Airport.
3rd March 2017
Kenya Airways will commence additional services to Zimbabwe and South Africa with the offering of Nairobi – Victoria Falls – Cape Town service
The service will begin operating on 13th July 2017 on board the Embraer E190 aircraft 3 times a week.
1st February 2017
Kenya Airways plans to increase Nairobi – Dubai service in February and March 2017
The services will increase flights from 14 to 16 weekly. Additional services are scheduled to commence from 9th February to 25th March 2017.
In November 2016, Kenya Airways and Vietnam Airlines announced it had renewed and expanded its codeshare agreement. The national carrier yesterday said the new agreement will allow it more access to South East Asia destinations, which took effect this November. The codeshare covers the Bangkok-Hanoi and Saigon, Nairobi–Hanoi, and Hanoi-Kuala Lumpur routes. In March 2017, Kenya Airways announced it was upbeat as it marked its 40th anniversary. New routes include a Victoria Falls to Cape Town flight from May 18, following increased demand for flights to Zimbabwe, which UK tour operators are likely to use as part of multi-centre itineraries. The airline is also working more closely with joint venture partner Air France-KLM on its airline ticketing and marketing activity with the trade, which makes up 90% of Kenya Airlines’ UK sales. In March 2017, Kenya Airways announced that flights from Nairobi to New York's JFK will be launched in early May. This is after Kenya Airways formally requested the US federal aviation department for a licence to fly directly to the US. Kenya Airways aircraft and its crew will be rated and reviewed before the licence is issued.
In March 2017, Kenya Airways announced it had entered into Boeing 737 sales-and-leaseback deal over two Boeing 737-700s. The remarketing division of Air Partner, the UK-based aviation services group, said March 10 it had arranged the sale of the aircraft to an undisclosed lessor. The two aircraft had then been leased back to Kenya Airways for continued operation. They were originally delivered new to Kenya Airways in 2002 and 2003 and are powered by CFM56-7B26 engines. The East African flag carrier has incurred heavy losses in recent years and has substantially slimmed down its fleet as it seeks to return to profitability.