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Old August 11th, 2011, 01:47 PM   #41
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Hi everyone what're Kenya airways b777 destinations and dose it have touch screen in economy class????? thanks
Amsterdam, Bangkok, Bombay, Dubai(Equipment varies), Hong Kong & London.

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A very nice video of a journey on a KQ B777 from Bangkok to Hong Kong
An awesome vid dude.....I was just wondering why you chose Kenya Airways over such superb airlines as Cathay Pacific and Thai?
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An awesome vid dude.....I was just wondering why you chose Kenya Airways over such superb airlines as Cathay Pacific and Thai?
New experience, btw I didn't make that video.
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KQ reels under huge wage bill
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Kenya Airways is walking a tight rope as it seeks to balance between a growing wage bill and cutting costs.

Just last week, the national carrier was literally arm twisted into inking a pay increment for its unionisable employees.

Also putting a strain on the airlines till is the push to expand to other routes even as domestic routes record growing competition.

Last week, KQ management signed a Collective Bargaining Agreement with Airline Aviation Workers Union (AAWU) that will see unionisable employees get a pay hike and allowance by 25 per cent.

The five per cent pay rise (2.5 per cent for each year) covers the period between 2008 and 2010 and another 20 per cent (10 per cent for each year) to cover 2011 to 2012.

The amount will see the airlines annual wage bill of Sh10.1 billion increase by more than Sh1.2 billion by end of this year, pushing it to an all time high at Sh11.3 billion
hardly anything shareholders will be excited about.

"The board has taken note of the anticipated traffic demand in 2011 and the pressures on yields due to escalating fuel prices," says KQ Board Chairman Evanson Mwaniki in a statement during the release of the first half of the year results.

"This implies that Kenya Airways has to implement appropriate strategies to enhance growth and profitability."

The August 2009 strike cost the airline an estimated Sh600 million in losses. During the industrial action, 3,000 union members of the airlines employees absconded from duty.

This and of plans to buy Boeing 787 Dreamliner by 2013 has been the source of constant boardroom headache at Kenya Airways.

The ever-present questions to the custodians of strategy at Kenya Airways include volatility in oil prices, general rise in operational expenses and pressure from shareholders for a return on their investments.

Directors have in fact recommended payment of a first and final dividend of Sh1.50 per share for approval by the shareholders at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting to be held on October 14, payable in November.

To stem the tide of growing competition, place a cap on revenue leaks, and avoid the mistakes that led to the strike, the airlines management is now exploring alternative revenue streams.

The airline, which has in the past controlled domestic and regional routes with relative ease, is now fighting to stave off competition from smaller carriers by moving to open new routes on the continent and beyond.

"The airline will continue opening new routes on a selective basis, investing in its fleet development, training staff and improving its systems," Mwaniki says.

Alternative Revenue

Already, the airline has opened several routes including flying to Rome (Italy), Luanda (Angola), Nampula (Mozambique), and Malindi (Kenya). Others are NDjamena (Chad), Malabo (Equatorial Guinea), Nsimalen (Cameroun) and Juba (South Sudan).

The airline that has over the years made profit by cost cutting is also eyeing alternative revenue sources to solidify their earnings.

Some of the identified areas to perk up the revenue earnings include advertising on airport buses, hiring out excess capacity at its training facility Pride Centre and its recently installed Flight Simulator to other airlines.

In its audited accounts released March this year, the airline recorded a 21 per cent profit increase from Sh70.7 billion in 2010 to 85.8 billion in the early first quarter of 2011.

Profit after tax increased to Sh3.538 billion compared to the previous year when it raked in Sh2.035 billion in profits, representing a net profit margin of 4.1per cent, up from 2.9per cent achieved in 2009-10. Earnings per share rose to Sh7.65 from Sh4.40 reported in the previous year.


The airline also raked in Sh86 billion in revenues from the firms core business activities, which included passenger ticket sales accounting over 80 per cent at Sh75 billion while cargo accounted for Sh7.5 billion.

Its ground handling services brought in Sh1.5 billion.

Ancillary services, lumped together as others in KQs financial report for 2010/2011 year, generated a sizeable Sh2.5 billion, having grown by 112 per cent from Sh1.2 billion the previous year.

However, pressure on its balance sheet has been increasing every year due to rising fuel costs, traffic demands and expansion programmes which have eaten into its profit margin.


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According to IATA, the high fuel prices, arising from the political turmoil in the Middle East and Northern Africa early this year, will squeeze airlines profits in 2011.

The traffic demand, however, remains robust with long haul network airlines being the best placed.

To tap into this potential, KQ in 2006 signed a purchase agreement with the plane maker to buy nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts, even taking an option on a further four.

The first delivery is expected towards end of 2013 the time when the airline is predicting a rapidly expanding route network and steady growth in passenger and cargo demand.


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The deal marks a major milestone in the airlines fleet modernisation programme.

In their strategy paper, KQ board notes that the airlines main drivers of improved performance will include passenger numbers, better yields and more stringent cost management.

In the first quarter of 2011, KQ reported a 27.6 per cent growth in passenger numbers. The airline carried 850,908 passengers in the three months to June 2011 up from 666,855 carried in a similar period 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 route grew by 95.8 per cent after the reopening of Kisumu airport that had been closed for runway upgrade and renovation.
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Some welcomers at JKIA in front of a KQ flight that recently landed...

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Old August 16th, 2011, 06:08 PM   #46
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Really nice!!!
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Old August 19th, 2011, 04:11 AM   #47
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Kenya Airways tops the list of firms that make Kenya proud
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Kenya Airways has topped the list of companies that make Kenya proud, according to an online survey by the Nation Media Group.

Up to 31.62 per cent of online readers who took part in the Business Daily and Daily Nation survey voted for the airline as the company that has made Kenya proud, concurring with KQs Pride of Africa slogan.

The readers cited national flag colours on the airlines fleet, an aggressive expansion drive in Africa, and the nerve to take on established airlines on global routes as the basis for their choice.

Safaricom was second with 19.89 per cent of the vote, while Equity Bank was third with 16.45 per cent.

By carrying the Kenyan flag, KQ is able to register Kenyas presence not only on the routes it flies but also in the global aviation industry where it is fast becoming a force to reckon with, commented one reader.

Kenya Airways high rating is likely to give fresh impetus to Brand Kenyas plans to introduce national symbols on all export products from the country.

The campaign is aimed at enabling less known export products to ride on the goodwill that flagship products such as tea, horticulture, and coffee have created in their niche markets.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 12:19 AM   #48
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Old August 22nd, 2011, 06:30 AM   #49
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Kenya Airways launched another flight
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Last Friday Kenya Airways launched a new aircraft and a new route that connects Gaborone and Nairobi, bringing the number of its fleet operating between the two destinations to four over four routes.

The move that is reportedly aimed at meeting the rising demand for travel between the two cities was also said to have been introduced to encourage customers and traders to take advantage of the airline’s growing route network.

We have added a Friday flight to our schedule, which will be flying directly from Nairobi on Fridays in response to public demand to extend our services,” said Kenya Airways Sales and Station Manager, Juliet Zintambila. She told The Gazette that their business have seen gradual growth in Botswana, adding that this will improve connectivity between the two countries.The airline previously operated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays.

“Our conviction that Africa is the new growth frontier is vindicated by the increasing demand for air travel on the continent. It is for this reason that we see our ambition to fly to all African capital cities by 2013 as an achievable target, and we are well on course to attaining it,” noted the Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr Titus Naikuni.

He added that the additional capacity is expected to take care of the surge in trader traffic and to give the airline an edge in attracting traders and their excess baggage.

Naikuni also said that the airline is well on course with the planned African route expansion program; he explained that within Southern Africa and in addition to Gaborone Kenya Airways flies to Luanda, Harare, Lilongwe, Maputo, Nampula, Johannesburg, as well as Ndola and Lusaka in Zambia.
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I've read rumors about Kenya serving GRU (So Paulo, Brazil). Is it true?
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I've read rumors about Kenya serving GRU (So Paulo, Brazil). Is it true?
No It WAS Planning To Opreate This Destnation But Now Its Canceld
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Thanks.

It would be great to see a Kenya's 777 flying up here. Who knows someday.....
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I've read rumors about Kenya serving GRU (So Paulo, Brazil). Is it true?
Not anytime soon. If anything KQ would use its Angola routes to break into South America (more than likely Brazil), but that's probably years from now.
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Not anytime soon. If anything KQ would use its Angola routes to break into South America (more than likely Brazil), but that's probably years from now.
brazil already has direct flights to Cape Verde, Angola and South Africa. A new african country would be very interesting.

There are rumors from Marrocco (RAM), but I'd like to see a flight from Nigeria or Kenya (we've never had direct links to those countries).
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Boeing loses out as KQ goes to Brazil for Embraer jets
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Kenya Airways on Tuesday morning signed a purchase agreement that will see the national carrier buy up to 26 jets from Brazilian firm Embraer in a deal that aligns the airline’s expansion plan and threatens the dominance of US aircraft maker Boeing.

The national carrier has been aggressively moving into new markets, especially in Africa, a move that has put a strain on its fleet, which stood at 31 in March.

An Embraer spokesperson yesterday said the deal will include the supply of 10 jets and the rights for KQ to purchase an additional 16 whose delivery is expected from the second half of next year.

The deal also includes purchase rights for 16 aircraft, which could be either the Embraer 190 or other models of the E-Jet family,” Ghislain Bouman, the firm’s press officer for Europe, Middle East and Africa said in an interview with the Business Daily.

KQ’s decision to buy Brazilian jets, which are mainly used in domestic and short regional routes, is set to shift the balance of power in the sale of planes in Kenya that has remained in the hands of Boeing.

It is also a blow to European Airbus whom Kenya Airways has been mulling to offer contracts following delays by Boeing to deliver planes agreed on in 2006.

Of the 31 planes KQ is operating, 25 are Boeing and six from Embraer, up from three held two years ago.

The Brazilian firm has in the past year launched a charm offensive in Africa as it seeks to cut the dominance of Boeing and Airbus.

This is in line with the push by Brazil to boost trade with continent as emerging countries gradually shift their economic dependence away from rich nations.

Trade between Brazil and Africa has increased more than five-fold to $26 billion since 2003 and its embassies in the region have doubled to 34 in its quest to grow business for their companies.

Embraer has been angling for a piece of the African Market following recent expansion announcements by airlines. In his recent visit to Kenya, Mr Mathieu Duquesnoy, Embraer’s Vice President - Commercial Aviation, Middle East & Africa – who will also be presiding over today’s signing said his firm was willing to arrange credit lines through the Brazilian government’s export credit agency for smaller airlines wishing to buy its planes.

Industry data shows that Africa is expected to generate demand of upto 800 aircrafts before 2030.

For KQ, the new planes will help rev up its earnings through increased passenger traffic on its current and planned new routes as well as bring on board fuel efficient jets - a key profit driver since fuel accounts form a significant portion of the airline’s operating costs.

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 June when the national carrier expressed its intent to buy more Brazilian jets.

The E190 jet fits well with our expansion strategy, giving us an opportunity to expand our network and increase our frequencies.
The firm is keen on planes that consume less fuel and have lower maintance costs as it races to put a lid on costs at a moment when its faced with ballooning costs compounded by employee wages.

Its share price has also fallen by over 36 per cent in the past year to the current price of Sh31.25.

Battle for travellers

The Embraer deal will add fresh impetus to the ongoing battle for African travellers pitting Kenya Airways, Ethiopia Airlines and South African Airlines.

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 of nine Boeing planes, commonly referred to as Dreamliners.

KQ has announced plans to start flying into Jeddah in Saudi Arabia and Beirut in Lebanon in addition to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso launched recently.

Other routes on its radar include Abuja in Nigeria, Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro, Port Louis in Mauritius and Asmara in Eritrea in a push to connect more African cities from Nairobi in a market that generates 49 per cent of its Sh85.8 billion revenues. Its net profit grew to Sh3.5 billion in the year to March compared to Sh2 billion in a smilar period last year.

The firm plans to raise Sh20 billion this year, according to Kestrel Capital, to fund the acquisitions.
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Pilot shortage looms as KQ doubles fleet
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Kenya Airways plan to double its fleet size in the next five years has set the stage for a vicious battle for pilots and aircraft engineers, sparking fears of a fresh rally in salaries that could hurt profits.

The national carrier intends to grow its fleet to 62 by 2016 to allow it connect the bulk of Africa travellers to the rest of the world through its Nairobi hub.

Players in the industry have said that KQ will need to grow the number pilots by a minimum of about 80 per cent from the its current 377 to support its growth planwhich means it will require at least 300 more pilots.

Though Kenya Airways said it will boost its training plans, its rival in the region said the national carrier looks set to tap their talent pool in what would lead to a season of staff poaching.

You cannot have an experienced pilot in less than five years and this raises the possibility of Kenya Airways hiring experienced pilots and retraining them to fly these new jets, said Nixon Ooko, the operations manager at Fly540.

He added that demand and pay for pilots are set to rise in coming years yet the industry is currently struggling to train pilots enough to meet increasing demand, especially with the entry of new carriers in the past three years.

This has seen compensation for pilots nearly double over the past three years
, industry analysts and executives say, putting pressure on margins as airlines spend millions of shillings yearly on training.

The entry level for a commercial pilot is between $2,000 (Sh180,000) and $3,000 (Sh270,000) depending on plane type, while that of captainthe pilot in commandis between $4,000 (Sh360,000) and $6,000 (Sh540,000).

Our greatest challenge is getting the pilots to fly these planes and that is why we are talking with Embraer not just to supply us with the aircraft but also support us to get the skills required, said Titus Naikuni, the chief executive of Kenya Airways.

The airline opens an average of at least five new routes every year and currently flies into 55 destinations.

The firm is eyeing more routes in Africa to rev up its earnings in a continent that generates 49 per cent of its Sh85.8 billion revenue increasing its appetite for new planes and pilots. [Read: KQ opens new battlefront with low-cost arm]

The high cost of training pilots has discouraged most people from taking the course. Kenya Airways, for example, spends about Sh8.5 million to train a pilot.

The national carrier has invested Sh1.1 billion in a Boeing 737 flight simulator artificial re-creator of aircraft flight for in-house training of pilots to reduce its bill of training in South Africa and slow down its rising wage bill.


Its staff costs stood at Sh11.1 billion in the year to March 2011 compared to Sh10.1 billion in the same period a year ago, and employee costs is emerging as a threat to its earnings, especially after last months 20 per cent pay increment for its non-management staff.

Its net profit grew to Sh3.5 billion in the year to March compared to Sh2 billion in a similar period last year.
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