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Old July 23rd, 2011, 04:11 PM   #21
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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 used to fly to CPT for a short period of time a few years ago, about 5 or 6 years ago I'd guess. But seeing that since then they've built up JNB to about 2 or 3 daily flights, I believe they should be looking at CPT and DUR again. If not both nonstop, then either together ie: NBO-DUR-CPT or via another destination en-route...NBO-Gaberone-CPT or NBO-Windhoek-CPT and also NBO-Maputo-DUR or NBO-Beira-DUR.
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Kenya Airways in a Commercial Venture with United Bank for Africa (UBA)

Kenya Airways has entered into a partnership with one of the largest financial services institutions in Africa; United Bank for Africa Plc to promote trade and remittances across the continent.

Formalized by Kenya Airways Chief Operating Officer Mr. Bram Stellar and Managing Director of UBA Kenya Mr. Muyiwa Akinyemi, this partnership will see the bank highlight trade opportunities and financial products through onboard cabin advertising.

Leveraging on the leadership position of both institutions in their respective industries, the advertising deal which commences in July this year, will enable the bank to present an array of financial products including Africash, Afritrade and Africard through Kenya Airways in-flight communication and other channels to passengers on Kenya Airways flights across Kenya Airways network.

Kenya Airways Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Bram Stellar noted, “This partnership offers opportunities for us to work with UBA in highlighting the growing opportunities for our customers across the continent while enabling us to continue to grow our ancillary revenues.”

He added that Kenya Airways is committed to strategic and sustainable development of Africa and will continue to seek partnerships with other organizations that will enable the fulfillment of the continent's economic development.

The partnership will also see UBA advertise its products and services in Kenya Airways in-flight magazine Msafiri and on its In-flight Entertainment system (IFE) and on the aircraft seat covers. Previously, seat cover advertising has been solely reserved for Kenya Airways products. UBA is the first corporate organization to take up the opportunity for in-cabin advertising.

Also speaking at the ceremony Mr. Akinyemi said "we are flagging off this partnership with the promotion of Africash; our proprietary money transfer service that facilitates instant local/cross border payments service for UBA or non UBA customers across our over 850 branches and numerous sub-agents across Africa".

As a leading Pan-African Bank offering unique products and services to more than 8 million customer accounts in 19 African countries, the partnership with Kenya Airways on the whole provides the bank a good platform to share information on its banking products, innovative cross-border payments solutions and trade finance services, he maintained.

Kenya Airways has identified various platforms through which the airline grows its ancillary revenue by offering value based opportunities for advertising services to various corporate entities. “Kenya Airways will continue to identify further opportunities for customer communication as we strive to provide even better services to our passengers who are also consumers of various other products,” concludes Mr. Stellar.

United Bank for Africa (UBA) is a leading Pan-African Bank with presence in 19 African countries, New York City (USA), London (United Kingdom) and Paris (France). Headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria, UBA provides universal banking services to over 8 million customers across Africa.

Beyond traditional banking services, the Group leverages its African footprint, knowledge and capacity to provide innovative financial services including investment banking, wealth management, trusteeship, life insurance, pension custody, stock broking and share registration.

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Old July 23rd, 2011, 07:58 PM   #23
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KQ used to fly to CPT for a short period of time a few years ago, about 5 or 6 years ago I'd guess. But seeing that since then they've built up JNB to about 2 or 3 daily flights, I believe they should be looking at CPT and DUR again. If not both nonstop, then either together ie: NBO-DUR-CPT or via another destination en-route...NBO-Gaberone-CPT or NBO-Windhoek-CPT and also NBO-Maputo-DUR or NBO-Beira-DUR.
I think this would be the best.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 01:25 PM   #24
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KQ used to fly to CPT for a short period of time a few years ago, about 5 or 6 years ago I'd guess. But seeing that since then they've built up JNB to about 2 or 3 daily flights, I believe they should be looking at CPT and DUR again. If not both nonstop, then either together ie: NBO-DUR-CPT or via another destination en-route...NBO-Gaberone-CPT or NBO-Windhoek-CPT and also NBO-Maputo-DUR or NBO-Beira-DUR.
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I think this would be the best.
They look likely to beaten by Comair operating under the BA brand here. Comair intend to start DUR- NBO direct flights at the end of October/early November this year.
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Old July 27th, 2011, 03:25 PM   #25
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Hi everyone what're Kenya airways b777 destinations and dose it have touch screen in economy class????? thanks
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Old July 27th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #26
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Destinations: Hong Kong- Bangkok - Amsterdam I know for sure!
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Old July 29th, 2011, 12:04 AM   #27
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source: Daily Nation

KQ Luanda flights increase

The governments of Kenya and Angola have concluded and signed the Bilateral Air Services Agreement (BASA) paving way for Kenya Airways to expand its operations into the Southern African country.

As a result of the BASA, Kenya Airways will now operate up to 3 weekly frequencies to Angola. The BASA also allows Kenya Airways to operate its route schedule from Kenya to any points in Angola with a provision of operating to destinations beyond using Angola as an intermediate point. This provides the pride of Africa with an opportunity to fly to South America via Luanda.

“The signing of the Bilateral Air Service Agreement between the two governments is in line with Kenya Airways’ growth strategy as it helps us in ensuring expansion of the Luanda route which we only started operating one year ago,” noted Kenya Airways CEO and Managing Director, Dr. Titus Naikuni.
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...I think KQ might use Luanda as a hub for its eventual South America expansion....
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Old July 29th, 2011, 06:41 PM   #29
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Old July 30th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #30
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Kenya Airways B737-800 at khartoum international airport

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Old August 2nd, 2011, 06:12 AM   #31
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source: BusinessDailyAfrica

KQ route expansion plan leads to rise in passengers

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Kenya Airways has reported a 27.6 per cent growth in passenger numbers in the first quarter of 2011.


The rise in travellers has been boosted by the opening of new routes, thus raising its profit outlook in a year seen to be difficult for the airline industry. The national carrier carried 850,908 passengers in the three months to June 2011 up from 666,855 carried in a similar period the previous year.

New routes by the company include direct flights to Rome (Italy), Luanda (Angola), Nampula (Mozambique), Malindi (Kenya), N’Djamena (Chad), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) and Nsimalen (Cameroun).


These pushed the airlines capacity up by 20.3 per cent to 3,386 million seat kilometres. Introduction of the Rome route saw the airlines capacity to Europe grow by 26.3 per cent to 108,835.

“The growth underpins increased long haul customer travel to Europe, Middle East and Far East Regions,” read the statement.

“Growth in business confidence corresponds with demand for premium travel and this should translate into increased demand for air travel,” Mr Titus Naikuni, the airline’s chief executive officer, told investors during the release of last year’s financial results.

The International Air Transport Association downgraded the profit forecast for the aviation industry after the March 11 tsunami in Japan, unrest in the Middle East and North Africa and increasing oil prices. It estimated that the industry would report 78 per cent dip in earnings to $4 billion this year.

However, Kenya Airways has remained upbeat that the growing business confidence in Africa — as attention shifts on the fastest growing continent. The airline’s ongoing route expansion will sustain its growth, from Sh3.5 billion it earned last year having carried 3.1 million passengers.

Also increased frequencies to London saw its capacity to Europe grow 26.3 per cent compared to the same quarter in prior year.

The Middle East, Far East and Asia regions registered a capacity growth of 22.3 per cent as a result of increased frequencies to Dubai via Muscat.” The airline carried 432,366 passengers in Africa excluding Kenya, representing an 18.1 per cent growth last year.

The domestic front recorded the highest growth, increasing 62.5 per cent to 184,845 due to additional daily frequencies to Mombasa route and the introduction of Malindi flights. “Kisumu steadily grew by 95.8 per cent after the reopening of Kisumu airport that had been closed for runway upgrade and renovation.”

However the airlines cabin factor has remained stagnant at 71.9 per cent this year compared to the 71.7 per cent achieved last year, a pointer that the airline yet to achieve an optimal usage of the available seat capacity. Cabin factor is the revenue from passengers compared to the available seats.

The airline which is hedging its fuel costs to control rising oil prices is also counting on the new routes on its radar this year such as Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Beirut in Lebanon as well as Abuja in Nigeria, Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, Mauritius Port Louis and Asmara in Eritrea among other rafts of strategies to grow its passenger numbers and maintain its profitability.
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Pay demands risk slowing down KQ profits

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The Kenya Airways workers union has threatened to call a strike pressing for better employment terms for its members as strained labour relations emerge as a key threat to the airline’s profitability.

The Aviation and Allied Workers Union (AAWU) is asking the national carrier to employ its members on permanent and pensionable terms, reduce the hiring of expatriates and raise salaries for its Kenyan staff.

“Although we are open for negotiations, if push comes to shove and they do not meet our demands we are not ruling out a strike,” said Perpetua Mponjiwa, the union’s chairperson.

“Revenue accounting has been outsourced to an Indian company called Kale Consultants while aircraft grooming has been awarded to Trade and Eurocraft”.

Should the airline heed to the union’s demands, its wage bill will go up even further in an environment where good returns are not guaranteed due to increasing competition from other airlines as well as high cost of doing business.

Interim pay plan

The national carrier is still coming to terms with an August 2009 airline strike that cost the company about Sh600 million in losses when 3,000 of its employees absconded duty.

The two parties agreed on a pay plan that included an interim award of 10 per cent in each of the first two years — which saw the airline’s wage bill grow by about Sh1 billion over the two-year period.

KQ’s wage bill grew from Sh6.2 billion in 2009 to Sh7.7 billion this year, accounting for 10 per cent of its revenues.

Last year too, their performance was adversely impacted by an increase in employee costs of Sh1.55 billion and Sh532 million on general administration and establishment costs.


The worker’s union now insists that a go-slow they claim has been going on for the past week will continue indefinitely until the national carrier agrees to dialogue with a failure to do so inevitably resulting in industrial action.

“KQ has not been served with a notice of any industrial action and wishes to reiterate its commitment to resolving any emerging issues between us and the union in an amicable way through dialogue,” Mr Titus Naikuni, the KQ CEO said.

The national carrier, which is no stranger to such tussles with same union, has denied claims of an ongoing go-slow at the airline while reaffirming that they were ready to negotiate with the workers if and when they give notice of intent.

“I wish to clarify that our staff are not on a go-slow and the flight disruptions over the past weekend was purely occasioned by Technical and Operational reasons,” he clarified.

The 3,000-strong union maintained that flight delays to Johannesburg, Kinshasa and Bangkok were as a result of members’ go-slow.

Union threats of industrial action have been held back by a court order that they await conclusion of negotiations.
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Meh, unions and airlines. I don't know much about KQ's union but hopefully they get this messed solved and don't get too cocky. KQ is still a relatively small airline, can't have pay rises, etc. eating into its revenue too much. Especially when it's trying to aggressively expand.
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KQ opens new battlefront with low-cost arm


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Kenya Airways is set to form a low-cost subsidiary to handle its regional operations, opening a new battlefront with budget operators such as Jet Link, Fly540 and Air Kenya for control of the Eastern Africa routes.


The launch of the KQ’s budget line — Jambo Jet — marks a u-turn after the airline absorbed its then low-priced unit known as Flamingo Airlines to its group operations in 2004.

The rise in passenger numbers within eastern Africa, including Uganda and South Sudan, coupled with the rising competition for control of this market seem to inform the national carrier’s decision to establish a subsidiary for local and regional flights.

The airline’s CEO Titus Naikuni said on Monday that the regional unit will have a leaner costs structure compared to those of international airlines—signalling a cost-saving plan that will strengthen its hand in the ongoing price war.

“Jambo Jet is being formed and we are still in the early stages of it,” said Mr Naikuni without giving details.

This is the latest signal from KQ of its intention to wrest regional routes from rivals Jet Link, Fly540 and Air Kenya that have in recent years been aggressive in pursuit of the ever growing passenger base. It also part of the global trend where international carriers are forming subsidiaries to handle local routes and free executives to handle the more complicated international travel besides enjoying costs savings from leaner operations.

South African Airlines runs the local Mango Airline while British Airways has a majority stake in Comair—which serves southern African nations including Lesotho, Namibia and Botswana.

Kenya Airways generates about five per cent of its sales from its Kenyan routes and is keen to grow this share to double digits as the rising middle class opts for air travel over road transport.

The formation of the East Africa Common market coupled with the split of Sudan, which has created Africa’s newest state South Sudan, has also created increased air travel in the region.

Other regional operators reckon that the KQ budget subsidiary will renew to renew the ongoing battle for control of the domestic and regional markets with pricing set to emerge as key market share driver.

The national carrier has been cutting fares on its domestic routes.

When an Airline like Kenya airways enters the business you are in, you must be prepared or risk being pushed out of business,” said Nixon Ooko, the operations director at Fly540.
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Kenya Airways will starts servicing to São Paulo-Guarulhos [begins December]

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Kenya Airways donates to famine relief
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Kenya Airways has donated KSH1 million (₤65,000) to the Kenyan Red Cross to help those affected by the famine raging across parts of the country. The national carrier has come up with a series of initiatives to help alleviate famine in parts of Northern Kenya. The cash donation will be directed to the Red Cross to help with short-term measures to feed those in need, while Kenya Airways will also offer cargo space for use by Red Cross to transport aid from across Europe and Africa over the next two months.

The Nairobi-based airline has also launched an internal campaign which will see its staff donate funds to the relief effort, with management matching the total shilling for shilling. Staff will also donate leave days, which will be converted to cash and donated to the Red Cross. Kenya Airways staff will also donate surplus clothes to the Red Cross.

Passengers are also able to donate their air miles to the cause over the next two months, as well as offering their loose change in on-board collections.

Kenya Airways’ Chief Executive Officer, Dr Titus Naikuni said; “The Kenya Airways family is deeply saddened by the situation and as a responsible corporate citizen, we will play our part in alleviating the suffering of our brothers and sisters in Northern Kenya and other affected regions.

“With a staff complement of over 4,000, we are confident that we can raise a substantial amount of money to help feed and clothe those in need. Additionally, our staff members will participate in our CSR initiatives in order that they may get a better understanding of the situation and also be part of the solutions.”
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Kenya Airways reaches agreement with Aviation Workers Union
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…both parties finally sign the long outstanding Collective Bargaining Agreement

Nairobi, August 8, 2011…Kenya Airways, has today signed the outstanding Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the Aviation and Allied Workers Union (K) (AAWU).
The new agreement, signed by the airline’s Group Chief Executive Officer Dr Titus Naikuni and AAWU General Secretary Nicholas Baraza and witnessed by Central Organization of Trade Unions Deputy Secretary General Isaiah Kubai and the Federation of Kenya Employers, will see the union members get a 25% increase in their salaries and allowances which will be backdated to 2008. The new CBA 2010-12 will also have a 20% increase in salaries and allowances.
“Kenya Airways management is glad that the CBA discussions that have been ongoing since 2008 have finally come to a successful completion,” noted Dr. Naikuni.
Dr Naikuni said that the closure on the CBA negotiations with AAWU was in line with the airline’s overall corporate strategy and in particular human resource investment and improvement program aimed at ensuring a team of highly motivated staff that delivers world class service to its customers.
He acknowledged Mr. Francis Atwoli from COTU and Mr. Linus Kariuki from FKE for having facilitated this process successfully to its completion.
The CBA was signed after both parties agreed on key issues that revolved around, house allowance, transport allowance and basic salary; this agreement will now see staff enjoy an annual 10% adjustment for the next two years.
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Here is a proposed livery for Kenya Airways, I personally think it's amazing compared to today's (which is one of my favorites)..

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