Kenya Airways is the national carrier of Kenya and was founded in 1977. The airline is headquartered in Nairobi and offers several flights to both domestic and international destinations throughout Africa and including South Africa.
Managed by Chairman Dennis Awori and CEO Mbuvi Nguze, Kenya Airways employs more than 3 900 people. The airline’s revenue is worth more than 116 158 million Kenyan Shillings as recorded in 2016. The government of Kenya owns 29.8% of the airline and KLM owns 26.73%, with the rest of the shares belonging to private shareholders.
Prior to 1996, the airline was a wholly government owned concern. In 1995 Kenya Airways was the first African carrier to become successfully privatised. This was done in an attempt to boost economic growth and development in the country. The airline was established after the closure of East African Airways.
By 1981 the airline had grown to employ 2 100 individuals and had a fleet of 8 aircraft. Kenya Airways has had a relatively stable past and is currently known as one of the frontrunners in the aviation industry in Africa.
The 2017 Fleet
Kenya Airways has a fleet of 45 aircraft which consists of the following:
- Boeing 737-300: 2
- Boeing 737-700: 4
- Boeing 737-800: 8
- Boeing 777-200ER: 4
- Boeing 777-300ER: 3
- Boeing 787-8: 7
- Embraer ERJ-190: 15
- Boeing 737-300F: 2
All Kenya Airways flights offer both Business and Economy Class.
Passengers can check in and select their seats online, from 30 hours to 3 hours prior to departure. The ticket reference or booking reference number and last name must be used in order to check in online.
Key Routes and Destinations
Kenya Airways currently flies to 62 destinations, 44 of which are in Africa. The airline offers flights to and from Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.
Business Class passengers can check in 2 pieces of luggage weighing no more than 32kg each, and take 2 pieces of hand luggage under 7kg.
Economy class passengers can check in 2 pieces of luggage weighing no more than 23kg each with 1 piece of hand luggage no more than 7kg.
On Board Entertainment
All passengers are given a free copy of the Msafiri in-flight magazine and provided with access to latest movies, television programs, music and games. Meals and refreshments are available on board.
Rewards / Frequent Flyer Program
The Flying Blue frequent flyer program offers miles for every flight booked. Miles earned can be redeemed for flights, extra baggage and for shopping online.
Partnerships and Codeshare Agreements
As of the beginning of 2017, KQ has code share agreements with the following carriers:
Aeroflot, Air Burkina, Air France, Air Mauritius, Air Namibia, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Comair, Etihad Airways, Garuda Indonesia, Hong Kong Airlines, Jet Airways, KLM, Korean Air, LAM Mozambique Airlines, Precision Air, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia Arabia Airlines, TAAG Angola Airlines and Vietnam Airlines.
Contacting Kenya Airways in SA
For rates, fares and reservations, passengers can contact KQ in South Africa on:
Tel: +27 (0)10 205 0000.
Kenya Airways in the News
Kenya Airways announces strong performance for 2016 as a result of increased routes in Africa. According to the stats, Kenya Airways has noted a 5.2% increase in passenger uptake when compared with last year’s figures. West, Central and South Africa regions show a 2.5% increase alone.
Kenya Airways has recently celebrated a significant milestone with its staff and partners. The airline has been connecting Kenya with other regions in Africa, including South Africa, for 40 years. According to CEO Mbuvi Ngunze, the airline owes it success to “a strategic network expansion which focuses on Africa, fleet modernisation and high-quality service”.