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Old July 18th, 2011, 11:10 PM   #1
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KQ's Route Map as of 09/18/2012


Some KQ Achievements from 2007-2010


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2010:

Kenya Airways joins the ranks of global airlines as a full SkyTeam member
Kenya Airways starts flights to Juba, Muscat, Luanda, Nampula, Rome and Malindi
Kenya Airways named Africa’s Business Airline of the Year
Kenya Airways to acquires more aircrafts - Embraer E190 and (2) 737-300
Jet Airways and Kenya Airways enter into Codeshare and Frequent Flyer Partnership
Kenya Airways announces its Code Share with Qantas
Kenya Airways signs full content agreement with Travelport

2009:

KQ Partners with Chartis Kenya to Launch Travel Insurance.
KQ and CFC Stanbic Bank launch the KQ Msafiri Gold Credit Card that ones customers free air miles on usage.
KQ customers to use mobile money transfer system, M-PESA to buy tickets.
Kenya Airways acquires a sixth Boeing 767-300 ER to increase its aircraft fleet.
Kenya Airways installs modern In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) System that offers passengers real value for money.
Kenya Airways signs a Code Share Agreement with Nigerian Eagle Airlines to strengthen its presence and increase market share in West Africa.
Kenya Airways launches direct flights to Gaborone, Botswana & Ndola, Zambia, Bangui, the largest city in the Central African Republic and to Kisangani; the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Kenya Airways (KQ) takes delivery of its fourth Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

2008:

COYA (Company of the Year) top awards for strategic planning and emergency preparedness as well as Manager of the Year to HR Director Paul Kasimu.
Travel News & Lifestyle Magazine votes Kenya Airways as African Airline of Choice, Best Regional Airline,Flying Blue voted the best Frequent Flier program and Msafiri - Best inflight magazine

2007:

Kenya Airways awarded a 2 year renewal on its IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) registration.
Kenya Airways joins SkyTeam as an Assosiate Airline
Kenya Airways opens a Leadeship center - Pride Center
Kenya Airways opens a Flying Blue Service Center
Kenya Airways launches new routes to Monrovia, Cotonou and Mayotte
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KQ's Fleet:

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Kenya Airways to grow network across Africa
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Kenya Airways (KQ) has today affirmed that plans to grow its network across Africa were on course, after it officially announced its intent to fly to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso starting July 15.

The new route, the 55th of the airline’s global destinations, will operate via Cotonou, the capital of Benin.

The airline will operate the route with a Boeing 737–800, twice weekly every Friday and Monday out of Nairobi.

Highlighting the airlines ambition to be the carrier of choice for Africa, Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Dr. Titus Naikuni noted, “Our plans to fly to every capital in Africa by 2013 and consolidate our route network on the continent are well on course. Ougadougou is the 2nd of the routes that we have opened this year after Ndjamena in Chad, with plans at various stages for a further 6 destinations in the course of this financial year.”

Ougadougou is the capital of Burkina Faso and the administrative, communications, cultural, and economic center of the nation. The country is landlocked with its primary economic activities being food processing and textile manufacture.

Dr. Naikuni noted that Africa is now acknowledged as the frontier for growth with the continent recording increasing economic activity and trade. He added that Kenya Airways was seeking to diversify its route network throughout Africa in order to tap into the unique opportunities on this very diverse continent.
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Old July 18th, 2011, 11:19 PM   #4
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Kenya Airways Plans Routes to Libya, Tunisia Within Three Years, CEO Says

Kenya Airways Ltd. (KNAL), sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest airline, plans to begin flights to Libya and Tunisia within three years.

“It was always in our plan to open up Tripoli and Tunisia, more so with the African Development Bank being based there, and also with North Africa starting to look south,” Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni said in an interview in the capital, Nairobi, yesterday. Talks between the airline and the Kenyan, Libyan and Tunisian governments have been slowed by political instability in the two North African nations, he said.

The airline’s only route in North Africa is to Egypt. Kenya’s national carrier will add eight new destinations this year, including the capitals of Nigeria, Chad, Togo and Burkina Faso, as well as Mauritius and the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, in 2011. Nairobi-based Kenya Airways, also known as KQ, plans to double the size of its fleet to 60 in the next four years.

Kenya Airways is training 100 pilots who will be ready to fly its fleet in the next two years, Naikuni said. The carrier, which had 177 pilots in 2002, has 377 pilots, short of the 500 it requires to be optimally staffed, he said. It may look to hire foreign pilots to cover the gap, Naikuni said.

South African Airways and Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise are sub-Saharan Africa’s two biggest carriers, according to IATA, which represents more than 230 airlines making up about 93 percent of scheduled international air traffic.

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Airlines bid to open up African skies

Interview with Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni

Africa's airlines are aiming to expand into new territories and improve connections across the continent.

While there has historically been a lack of flights between many African countries, ambitious airlines are planning to introduce new services.

Among them is Kenya Airways, the third-biggest airline in sub-Saharan Africa. It already flies more than three million passengers a year, but according to the company's CEO Titus Naikuni, the airline still has plenty of room to grow.

CNN's David McKenzie sat down with Naikuni to discuss the recent growth of the African airline industry.

An edited version of the interview follows.

CNN: Kenya Airways is expanding rapidly in Africa. Why is Africa such a good market for you?

Titus Naikuni: I don't think we're expanding rapidly -- if you ask me, I would have wanted to expand three times what we are doing right now.

But we've got limitations in terms of getting the right pilots, in terms of getting traffic rights -- because it's a political business where you don't just wake up one morning and decide to fly into a particular destination.

Africa is important to us and dear to us because it's a growing market. It's still, to me, unserviced. If you look at West Africa, it's not fully serviced. If you look at some pockets in Central Africa, it's not serviced.

And even when it's serviced, I don't think we are providing the best service because we're going to only one frequency in between some destinations. We still have restrictions, in the sense that you can't move from one city to another and pick up passengers.

CNN: So if you fly from Nairobi to Lagos, you can't pop over to Abuja, pick up people and come back to Nairobi. Why is that?

TN: It's just the political nature of the business, protectionism. People are protecting their own skies. In some countries, it is possible. You are able to negotiate. It's called freedom rights.

CNN: You would think these countries, which effectively, most of them don't have a viable national carrier, would want a service for their customers.

TN: Yeah, I mean, that's common sense, but common sense is not always common. In some countries there is that realization. In other countries, it's not there.

We're Kenyan by name, but if you look below the name Kenya, you see the pride of Africa ... and so yeah, we're a de facto national carrier for some of the countries.

CNN: Who is your ideal customer in Africa? What sort of person?

TN: We have a real mix here, because you have the traders ... you have the (new) investors ... say from India. Then you have the traditional investors who've been in Africa for long, from Europe ... and then you have the tourists, depending on which country you're looking at.

CNN: Some of the regions you're going to aren't necessarily the most stable places. Does that worry you from a business perspective to take this leap and say, 'I'm going to be flying to Abidjan on a weekly basis' and then have those hits to the business?

TN: We have a very huge security system where ... we do an assessment of every country before we decide that we're going to fly into it. In fact, like Abidjan... we had our own person on the ground who was advising not to do it and we stopped.

CNN: What are some of the big challenges of flying into new routes, even like Juba in Southern Sudan? What keeps you up at night?

TN: The challenges are -- first of all, the experience of the staff that are there, because some of these countries don't have the right personnel. You're looking at air traffic controllers, you're looking at ground facilities and so forth, but we do carry out audits before we go in there.

So really, the thing that makes me awake at night is whether some of the navigation aids are working or not in some of the airports.

CNN: What is the advantage from a business perspective, of getting into these places first, as a major carrier -- given the fact that you've got South African Airways and Ethiopian Airways, the other two big players in the African market?

TN: I think the advantage you have over the others if you get in first is that you start getting customers early enough and you make sure that you implant yourself in the minds of the people.

I don't ignore the fact that the two carriers mentioned are major competitors and we compete and sometimes cooperate in some situations.

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Kenya Airways Advances Third Day on West African Expansion

Kenya Airways Ltd. (KNAL) advanced for a third day as sub-Saharan Africa’s third-biggest airline increases its flight network in West Africa.

The stock rose 0.25 shilling, or 0.7 percent, to 34.50 shillings as of the 3 p.m. close in Nairobi.

The airline began flights to Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, the company said in a statement dated July 15 and published on Bloomberg today. Benin and Burkina Faso have also granted Kenya Airways permission to pick up and drop off passengers in flights between Cotonou, Benin and Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, the statement said.

“This is an important development for Kenya Airways as it offers further consolidation of our expanding African network and brings us closer to achieving our ambition of being the carrier of choice for Africa,” Titus Naikuni, the company’s chief executive officer, said in the statement.

The airline plans to start serving six new destinations by the end of the financial year, the statement said.

“The introduction of a new route will help the airline consolidate its position in west and central Africa, which has some of the most profitable routes operated by Kenya Airways,”. Gregory Waweru, an analyst at Nairobi-based Kestrel Capital East Africa Ltd., said in a phone interview today.
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that's good, I think, though could easily be wrong, most West African airlines are defunct other than Arik Air, Air Nigeria, and Senegal Airlines...The region could use a serious competitor, and definitely is attractive, especially Nigeria....
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A KQ ad with its Beautiful Musketeers (what I call the 3 ladies since they're in a lot of KQ's ads)...
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Kenya Airways to acquire nine 787-Dreamliners

Kenya Airways has signed a deal to acquire nine new 787-8 Dreamliners in 2013 as it plans to replace old fleets and expand to new markets.

The national carrier had previously signed signed an agreement with Boeing in 2006 to be supplied with the planes, which stipulated that the first aircraft be delivered in 2010.

The deal failed but after reaching an agreement on Thursday, the first Dreamliner plane will be delivered in the third quarter of 2013.

KQ chief executive officer Titus Naikuni, while signing the agreement, said that the new acquisition, though delayed was the investment needed to expand their market share.

The new aircrafts are expected to replace the ageing 767 fleet.

Boeing Africa sales director, Rob Faye noted that the new aircrafts have innovative interior environment, higher humidity, wider seats, aisles and larger windows.

The 787 planes carry between 200 to 300 passengers on routes between 6,500 to 16,000 kilometres.

The new planes will also accommodate 45 per cent cargo than the previous model.
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Kenya Airways to introduce direct flights to Nigeria

Kenya Airways is set to introduce direct flights from Nairobi to Abuja, Nigeria in July, Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka has said, adding that the new initiative will boost bilateral relations between the two countries.

The introduction of direct flights from Nairobi to Abuja in July this year by Kenya Airways is eagerly awaited by travellers from both countries, he said.

“We thank the Government of Nigeria for granting our national carrier the requisite landing rights,” he said.

The VP was speaking in Abuja, Nigeria, when he met the President of the Nigerian senate, Mr Mark David.

Mr Musyoka said economic ties between Kenya and Nigeria are also set to grow, once plans to revamp the Kenya-Nigeria Business Council are concluded.

“I am optimistic that the council will help to open new frontiers for trade by addressing the challenges that impede increased commercial activities between the two countries,” he said.

He was accompanied by assistant ministers Orwa Ojode, Bifwoli Wakoli and Gideon Ndambuki, acting chief whip Johnstone Muthama, and Kenya’s high commissioner to Nigeria Francis Sigei.

Mr Musyoka encouraged Nigerian nationals to take advantage of the relaxed immigration requirements that allow them flexibility to apply for entry visas on arrival at Kenya’s airports to visit the country.

Mr Musyoka, who had on Sunday attended the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan, congratulated Nigerians for conducting free and fair elections.

He hailed Nigeria’s successful experiment with a parliamentary system, saying it presents good lessons for Kenya whose new constitution provides for a parliamentary system.

Senator Mark expressed his country’s desire to deepen ties with Kenya which, he observed, is strategically positioned in the eastern and horn of Africa region.
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Kenya’s national carrier will add eight new destinations this year, including the capitals of Nigeria, Chad, Togo and Burkina Faso, as well as Mauritius and the Saudi Arabian city of Jeddah, in 2011. Nairobi-based Kenya Airways, also known as KQ, plans to double the size of its fleet to 60 in the next four years.

Have all these 8 destinations been launched or announced to launch for this year? ...Mauritius...?

Is there possibility for any new Southern Africa routes soon...Cape Town, Durban, Windhoek, other Mozambique cities (Beira)?
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The Nigeria route (Abuja-Nairobi) was launched this month actually. Daily flights to Juda started last year..

Flights to Jeddah & Beirut will start later this year, and in southern africa KQ's already been flying to Zambia (Ndola) and Botswana (Gaborone) since '09. It's also already been in South Africa flying to OR Tambo and Cape Town Internationl (not 100% sure on this one). I'm not sure if it has plans to fly to King Shaka International in Durban.... KQ's major expansion will be in West Africa over the next few years, and also opening up more routes in North Africa. Its also making expansion in India & East Asia, and also a few months ago committed more to daily flights to and from Bangkok...
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Kenya Airways signs deal to buy 10 aeroplanes

Kenya Airways is set to buy 10 new aircraft to support its aggressive expansion plan it is counting on to drive its profitability in an increasingly difficult operating environment.

The national carrier on Monday signed a letter of intent — subject to a final agreement — for the acquisition of the Embraer 190 jets at the ongoing International Paris Air Show with the first delivery expected in the second half of next year in a deal that includes options for another 10 aircraft.


Though the airline declined to give the actual value of the deal, it is estimated to be about Sh40 billion according to Tuesday’s foreign exchange rates given that Embraer—the company selling the aircraft — listed the price at about Sh3.8 billion per aircraft.

“As we continue to focus on the expansion of our network with longer routes from our hub in Nairobi, the acquisition of new Embraer 190s is key to our growth strategy,” said Kenya Airways’ managing director Titus Naikuni in a statement. “The E190 jet fits well with our expansion strategy, giving us an opportunity to expand our network and increase our frequencies.”

The deal will add fresh impetus to the ongoing battle for African travellers pitting Kenya Airways, Ethiopia Airlines and South African Airlines given that fewer aircraft have been cited as the major impediment to KQ’s expansion plans.

It also signals Kenya airways shifting preference towards the cheaper Brazilian aircraft while cooling off debate over the rivalry between Boeing and Airbus, which Kenya Airways was planning to turn to following delay in the delivery nine Boeing planes commonly known as Dreamliners.


The airline is planning to open at least eight new routes this financial year among other rafts of strategies to grow its passenger numbers including Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Beirut in Lebanon. Other routes on its radar include Abuja in Nigeria, Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, Port Louis in Mauritius and Asmara in Eritrea.

This comes at a time when the government has set aside Sh5.5 billion to defend its stake in the national carrier, during the planned sale of airline’s shares later this year — projected to be as large as Sh23 billion — to give it the financial muscle to support capital expenditure.

[B]According to the statement, the E-jets will be configured in a dual-class layout with 96 seats, 12 in business class and 84 in economy class, which will create about 960 additional air seats to its current 4,925 passenger capacity, which is critical for its profitability as airfares account for the lion’s share of its revenue.

The airline, which is also expecting another delivery of three E190 jets before the end of next year has been operating seven E-jets since 2006 under agreements with leasing companies.

With the projected order, the total number of E-jets ordered by Kenya Airways comes to 20, considering aircraft acquired directly from Embraer or through leasing companies.

“The combination of the E170 and E190 in the Pride of Africa’s network will offer greater flexibility in right-sizing the aircraft to meet route demand, using the same crew and ensuring consistent, high comfort for the passengers,” said Paulo César de Souza e Silva, Embraer President, commercial aviation.

“Complementing the existing E-Jets in their fleet, is a proof of the reliability and efficiency the jets bring to airlines,” he added.

The airline is betting on an expanded network to boost revenues from passengers as escalating fuel costs threaten to push earnings in the global airline industry to new lows, after taking a beating from the global economic recession between 2008 and 2009.

In addition, the airline is also looking to double its daily flight to Juba, Southern Sudan, as it eyes to tap on the expected rise in demand for travel after the successful referendum.

The airline has also announced plans to increase its frequencies to Zanzibar from three times to 10 times weekly and create two additional flights to Gaborone, Libreville and Bangui.
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Expanding Kenya Airways to lease two 777s from GECAS

Kenya Airways signed a letter of intent with GECAS for the lease of two new Boeing 777-300ERs as part of its long-term expansion plan, Group MD Titus Naikuni revealed to ATW on the sidelines of the Connectivity in Africa conference organized by Embraer in Nairobi. The new -300ERs are in addition to its Dreamliner order and are expected to be delivered at the end of 2012-early 2013 if the contract is firmed, he said.

KQ would use the widebodies on new routes to India and other points in the Far East as well as Dubai. Traffic rights are no issue, he said, noting KQ has the rights to Delhi and is in talks regarding Mumbai. Kenya and UAE have an open skies agreement.

The airline operates four 777-200s in a two-class configuration with 320 seats. “We have not yet decided on the configuration of the -300ERs but seat density will be higher than our -200s,” he said. KQ’s first 787s are slated to be delivered in the fourth quarter of 2013. “I pray to God Boeing will not change [the delivery schedule] again,” he commented (ATW Daily News, June 24).

Naikuni also confirmed the company concluded an agreement for a 747-400F and is looking at two 737Fs. The second-hand 747 is leased and is expected to start flying with the KQ livery in October. A team is inspecting the two 737Fs “for the moment. Then we will make a decision and we expect to have them in September.”

KQ recently signed a LOI for 10 Embraer E-jets with a further 10 options (ATW Daily News, June 21). It currently operates two E-190s and five E-170s in a two-class configuration. Two new E-190s, with seat-back IFE in both classes, will join its growing fleet before year end. The airline is using the E-jets on thin routes and new routes in Africa. “When you open a new route in Africa you traditionally go in with a single frequency. We realized this was not a good service. The E-jets allow us to have a high frequency,” he noted.

The airline is moving ahead with its plan to add seven new destinations this year and seven next year as part of its long-term strategy to “unlock Africa” by flying to capital cities across the continent by the end of 2013. KQ commenced twice-weekly 737 service to Ouagadougou last week, its ninth destination in West Africa. While most new routes will be in Africa, KQ has Beirut and Jeddah mapped as new routes. JED has been on its wish list for a while, “but slots are a problem,” he said. “They have offered slots which do not fit well in our schedule. We are negotiating.”

The KQ CEO reiterated his call for more aviation liberalization and privatization on the continent, allowing for more intra-African cooperation and eventually mergers. “Ethiopian is an airline that I admire a lot, but they are state-owned. It is difficult to forge cooperation with them,” he admitted. “My advice to Africa is: Governments get out of [airline] ownership.” He pointed out there are “still governments in Africa that dictate where their airline will fly and it does not matter for them if they transport air or passengers.”

KQ is one of the few privately owned and profitable airlines in Africa. It posted a KES3.5billion ($41.8 million) net profit in its fiscal year ended March 31 (ATW Daily News, June 3). The company is looking to increase capital to support its ambitious growth plan; management will present details next week.
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Sadly, KQ has had to deal with delays with the delivery of its 9 787-8s...the first aren't coming until 2013!

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Kenya Airways confirms Boeing compensation for 787 delay

Computer-generated drawing of 787 in Kenya Airways livery. Photo: Courtesy, Boeing.

Kenya Airways received compensation from Boeing for the delay of its Dreamliners, although the amount does not fully cover the expenses associated with the delay, Group Finance Director Alex Mbugua told ATW on the sidelines of an investors briefing in Nairobi earlier this month.

KQ mid-April reached a settlement with Boeing on a new delivery schedule for nine Boeing 787-8s, and finalized a purchase agreement signed in 2006 after previously threatening to cancel the order over delays to the program (ATW Daily News, April 15). The 787s are part of the carrier's fleet modernization and expansion plan, and are slated to replace its aging 767s. Delivery of KQ's first two 787s was initially scheduled for October 2010; it now expects them to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2013, with the remaining seven in 2014 and 2015.

“We received some compensation, in cash and in kind,” Mbugua confirmed. He declined to release specific details citing “confidentiality issues” but admitted the “compensation covers only part of the expanses we incurred owing to the three-year delay. No, we’re not happy about that.” The carrier calculated that the direct operating expenses owing to the delay, including upgrading of the interiors/IFE of the 767s, additional maintenance costs and the higher fuel burn of the 767 compared to the 787, amount to at least $300 million. “And this excludes the competitive and image impact,” he added.

KQ Group MD and CEO Titus Naikuni told investors he could not guarantee the KQ Dreamliners would be delivered in 2013, as foreseen in the settlement agreement. “We’re in the hands of Boeing on this one.” He said the delay had a negative effect on the carrier’s planned network expansion noting that “some routes that we wanted to open have to wait.”

KQ has not yet listed an engine selection for the 787s and intends to exercise options on four additional 787s “after the initial nine aircraft have been delivered.”
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Kenya Airways fiscal-year profit jumps 74%

Kenya Airways reported a net profit of KES3.54 billion ($41.8 million) for its fiscal year ended March 31, up 73.9% over a KES2.04 billion profit in the prior fiscal year.

“This is an exceptional performance,” Group Finance Director Alex Mbugua told ATW on the sidelines of an investors briefing in Nairobi Thursday, noting that KQ “managed to reach two historic milestones in the reporting year, by surpassing the 3 million [annual] passenger mark and exceeding the $1 billion [annual] revenue mark. These key milestones were reached without [negatively impacting] the yields.”

Revenue soared 21.3% to KES85.84 billion on higher volumes and higher yields in both its passenger and cargo business. Passenger revenue rose 19.9% to KES73.35 billion and cargo revenue was up 20% to KES6.52 billion. Almost half of its revenue is generated in Africa.

Passenger yield in US dollars (the carrier’s preferred way of measurement) increased 7.2% to 9.79 cents and strengthened 11.5% when translated into Kenyan shilling, primarily due to a weaker Kenyan currency in the period. RASK improved 11.7% to 6.78 US cents while CASK heightened 7.1% to 5.27 US cents. Cargo yield per kg. rose 13.7% to 1.49 US cents.

Operating profit almost tripled to KES5.82 billion from KES1.84 billion in the year-ago period and operating margin was 6.8%. Mbugua pointed out that European airline groups Lufthansa and Air France KLM (which is the largest shareholder in KQ with 26%) reported operating margins of just 3.2% and 1.7%, respectively, in their most recent reporting year.

Total operating expenses grew 16.1% to KES80.02 billion, mainly owing to the 31.7% rise of its fuel bill to KES24.78 billion, the weaker Kenyan shilling and increased operations as it opened six new destinations and increased frequencies on existing routes. “We have relentlessly pushed our reach to new and promising markets regardless of the increasingly competitive business environment,” said CEO and Group MD Titus Naikuni. KQ intends to pursue its growth strategy and will open eight new gateways in the current fiscal year including N’djamena, Ouagadougou, Abuja, Beirut, Kilimanjaro, Port Louis, Asmara and Jeddah. Twice-weekly service to N’djamena will commence this month.

To support further growth, KQ is in negotiations with Embraer, Naikuni revealed to ATW. “We are talking about a potential order for an additional eight to 10 E-jets,” he said. The airline Wednesday took delivery of a seventh E-jet and will take delivery of a further three E-190s this fiscal year, bringing its E-jet fleet to 10 units.

Naikuni also revealed discussions with a potential lessor for a Boeing 747F are ongoing and could be finalized soon. It also wants to add two 737-300s. “We have been slow to develop cargo,” he admitted, “but the potential is great. We did belly cargo but the next step is full freighters. We are really excited about it.” KQ is also looking at closer cooperation on cargo with its SkyTeam partners, which will be discussed at the SkyTeam board meeting during the coming IATA AGM in Singapore, he said.

Full-year passenger boardings rose 8.5% to 3.14 million and traffic increased 10.2% to 12.8 billion RPKs on a 5.9% hike in capacity to 12.8 billion ASKs. Passenger load factor gained 2.7 points to 69.2%. As of March 31, KQ had 31 aircraft, including six 767-300s, four 777-200s, six 737-300s, four -700s, five -800s , five E-170s and one E-190—which compares to 27 aircraft at the end of FY2009-10.

KQ did not release an outlook or guidance for the current fiscal year but Naikuni said he was “bullish about our future.”
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KQ will grow a lot faster in the coming years..With it planning to fly to every African capital, and it slowly opening up more routes to Asia (India, China..hopefully more SE Asia) the sky is the limit.

But seriously I think that they should also focus on opening more North American and European routes. Especially considering these two regions are where majority of Kenya's tourist arrive from.
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A very nice video of a journey on a KQ B777 from Bangkok to Hong Kong
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