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Old October 10th, 2011, 05:57 AM   #81
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KQ and Eritrea Airlines set for turf war over the Nairobi-Asmara route
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Kenya Airways and Eritrean Airlines are set for a major turf war as both national carriers finalise plans to launch new routes between Asmara and Nairobi.
Asmara-based Eritrean Airlines is expected to resume flights to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by November, ending a six-year absence since it stopped flying to Kenya.

The airlines fleet consists of an Airbus A320-200, a Boeing 767-200ER, with plans to acquire another Airbus plane next month.
Good luck to Eritrean trying to compete with Kenya Airways. But somehow I don't see much of a competition. KQ has a knack of sneaking up on competitors with a small base and subduing them. This will be no different. Airline loyalty is their only obstacle at this point. Will be fun to see how it progresses.
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KQ targets bigger capacity Boeings
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Kenya Airways is to acquire two bigger Boeing planes to put its expansion plan on track as it seeks to connect more African cities and the rest of the world through Nairobi.

The Boeing 777-300 Extended Aircraft, which carries 78 more passengers and extra cargo capacity than the current fleet will be delivered between October 2013 and May 2014 in what will boost KQs margins on lower cost per traveller
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With the increased passenger and cargo capacity that the Boeing 777-300 ER offers, we are pleased with this development as it will see Kenya Airways significantly increase tonnage and passenger capacity, the airlines CEO Titus Naikuni said.

The two Boeing planes will be leased from General Electric which is intensifying its reach in Africa and it will carry passengers and cargo between Nairobi and Amsterdam, Bangkok, Guangzhou, and Dubai.

The main source of passengers for these routes will be the African cities mainly in western and central Africa where KQ has intensified expansion.

It 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 and it is expected that its destinations will increase from the current 53 to 91 in five years increasing the airlines appetite for new planes and pilots.

It (KQ) targets to have six new routes every year and to have daily frequencies on long haul routes, African Alliance Securities said in a research note.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 07:06 AM   #83
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Good luck to Eritrean trying to compete with Kenya Airways. But somehow I don't see much of a competition. KQ has a knack of sneaking up on competitors with a small base and subduing them. This will be no different. Airline loyalty is their only obstacle at this point. Will be fun to see how it progresses.
That will probably be the only way they can most likely survive with intense competition for KQ.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 07:12 AM   #84
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Old October 13th, 2011, 07:16 AM   #85
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Old October 13th, 2011, 07:30 AM   #87
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Impressive! How old are those B777?
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Not too old. About 6-7 years. KQ got its first B777 in 2004, and the 2nd & 3rd came in 2005. Not so sure about the 4th but it's around the same time frame.
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Old October 13th, 2011, 01:46 PM   #88
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I Think that Ethiopian Airlines B777 is better the Kenya Airways B777 in terms of the interiors and the entertainment systems



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I like the interior and Ethiopian's colors, nicer than KQ's (which I still like too). But where are the seat covers? At least KQ offers that.
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Old October 16th, 2011, 09:01 PM   #90
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A trip on KQ by Ph man
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KQ B737-300 in NBO for my onward flight to Mombasa
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Then on my MBA-NBO flight. They moved me to an earlier flight, which is a B737-800 type.

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The earlier flight was delayed, so there was only like 10 min of distance between these two flights:
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Shareholders approve KQ Rights Issue
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Kenya Airways shareholders have approved plans by the airline to double its share capital as well as a Rights Issue.

KQ is in the process of raising funds to finance its fleet expansion and modernisation program.

Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Titus Naikuni however says the airlines board has not yet formalised when the rights issue will be done or how much its intending to raise.

We have a rough idea of the amount, but we are required to not disclose the amount until we get approval from the Capital Markets Authority, Naikuni told journalists following an Annul General Meeting.

Following the shareholder approval, the board of directors formed a sub committee, charged with formalising the deal.

Naikuni said directors would determine the size and timing of the Rights Issue once regulatory approval has been granted in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, where the airline is cross-listed.

The Rights Issue is very critical to the growth and expansion plans of the airline. The Board believes that in order for KQ to grow its fleet and route network, it is necessary to raise additional capital, he said.

Kenya Airways current share capital is Sh5 billion, according to the agenda circulated at Fridays meeting. KQ Group Financial Director Alex Mbugua said the company plans to create one billion new shares.

Our balance sheet is quite small at the moment hence why we want to boost our equity, Mbugua said.

The airline currently operates a fleet of 33 aircraft (that includes nine Embraers, 15 Boeing 737s, five Boeing 767s and four Boeing 777s). It however plans to more than triple its aircraft fleet to 107 by 2020.

In August, the company agreed to buy 10 aircraft from Brazil-based Embraer and signed an option to acquire another 16 from the Brazilian manufacturer.

It has also signed a leasing agreement with General Electric Aviation Services (GECAS) two Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

Naikuni said the plans are to use a mixture of the rights issue funds and debt to finance the fleet expansion.

The money from the rights issue will fund the pre-delivery element of the purchases since we are required to put down some money even before the aircraft are delivered, he said.
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Old October 18th, 2011, 09:13 AM   #92
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The aging 767 are an eyesore both in and out. The 787 were meant to replace them but I guess we have to stare at them for another two years.
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Old October 20th, 2011, 01:14 AM   #93
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Local travellers to start paying Kenya Airways in US dollars
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Kenyans will start paying for domestic flights in US dollars from next week, as Kenya Airways moves to protect its revenues from the volatile shilling.

The airline, which has been charging domestic flights in Kenya shillings, now says passengers will from October 24, be required to pay for tickets in dollars.

This means that passengers travelling on domestic routes, which include Mombasa, Malindi and Kisumu, will be affected, as majority of payments for these routes have relied on the Kenya shilling as opposed to international flights, whose prices are pegged on the US dollar.

Mobile money payment platforms that are currently operated in Kenya shillings could also be disrupted.

The move makes Kenya Airways the latest local firm to have lost patience with the shillings fluctuations.

We always charge in dollars for international flights and this change is meant to protect the company from a fluctuating shilling, the airlines communications manager, Mr Chris Karanja, told Nation by phone.

However, its main domestic rival, Fly540, has chosen to stick with the shilling.

The Kenya shilling has been one of the worst performing currencies this year, after it fell to trade at Sh107 against the dollar, early this month.

However, it has turned around this week, gaining by over 8 per cent to close yesterdays trading at Sh100.20/100.40 against the dollar but weaker than Tuesdays close of 99.20/40.

KQs profits have been on the rise with last years results showing a 73.9 per cent increase in net profits to Sh3.5 billion, up from Sh2 billion earned in 2010.
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Kenya Airways inaugurates Jeddah Nairobi Link
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Jeddah, 20th October 2011: The inaugural flight by Kenya Airways from Nairobi to Jeddah landed at King Abdulaziz International Airport on 19th October at 00:30 hrs with a full complement of passengers.

Present at the airport were a number of dignitaries, including H.E. Mohamud Saleh, The Ambassador of Kenya to the Kingdom, Mr Abraham Joseph, Kenya Airways Area Manager Middle East & Pakistan amongst other executives from the airport authorities and Kenya Airways management team.

The aircraft was greeted on its arrival by the Jeddah airport authorities. They were later introduced to the captain and co-pilot.

KQ 331 then departed Nairobi at 01:45 hrs, arriving in Nairobi at 05:50 hrs. Also on board were members from Kenya Airways management team.

Commenting on the inaugural flight, Mr. Abraham Joseph, Area Manager Middle East & Pakistan for Kenya Airways said, Saudi Arabia is a very important market for Kenya Airways and an important addition to the airlines growing Middle East network. We are delighted to welcome Jeddah as the 56th destination in our global network, and we look forward to extending our hospitality to guests on this new service. The initial response to the launch has been extremely encouraging and we look forward to rapidly establishing our presence in the Saudi Arabian market.

In addition to Jeddah, Kenya Airways also operates 10 weekly flights to Dubai and 3 to Muscat, in the Gulf with convenient onward connections to several cities in the African continent.
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Kenya Airways sees passenger numbers rise 18 pc
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Kenya Airways registered 18 percent growth in passenger volume in its second quarter, aided by route expansion and greater flight frequency in Africa, it said on Thursday.

The airline, 26 percent owned by Air France-KLM , said passenger numbers rose to 1,004,476 in the three months from July to September.

The amount of cargo carried was up 13.5 percent at 16,021 tonnes, on improved conditions and increased sales.

Kenya Airways said in a statement new destinations launched in the second half of 2010 included Italy, Mozambique, and Malindi in Kenya, while Chad and Burkina Faso were launched in the first half of 2011.

It plans a rights issue to raise an unspecified amount of money for route and fleet expansion. The airline wants to double its fleet in the next five years to extend its network in Africa.

Passenger haulage within Kenya was up 42 percent to 202,826, while the rest of the continent excluding Kenya generated 14 percent growth to 509,570. Africa contributes about 60 percent of the airline's revenue.

Among the routes to see higher passenger numbers were Bamako, Dakar. The airline also introduced flights to Ouagadougou and N'Djamena, through Cotonou.

Europe registered an 11 percent increase in passenger numbers to 158,247, while volume to and from Middle East, the Far East and India rose 19 percent to 133,833.
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