NAIROBI, Kenya – Kenya Airways, “the Pride of Africa,” will add N’djamena, Chad, as its 54th destination, June 19, 2011. The airline will operate the route with a Boeing 737-800 every Sunday and Wednesday out of Nairobi via Contonou, Benin.
Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Dr. Titus Naikuni made the announcement stating that: “We are seeking to consolidate our presence in the African market by flying from every capital in Africa by 2013. Our objective this year is to open 8 new destinations including N’djamena.”
To expedite their expansion into the African market, Kenya Airways has signed an agreement to purchase 9 Boeing 787 Dreamliners with an option of buying 4 more. The goal of the airline is to diversify its route network throughout Africa in order to tap into the unique opportunities the vast continent has to offer.
Dr. Naikuni noted that aviation experts have singled out the African market as ripe for growth, citing the need for fast, reliable, safe transport in the context of the infrastructure challenges that face many African nations. He added, “We are opening up Africa to a world of opportunity. Other markets around the world are already saturated, and more airlines are increasing their presence in Africa as it is the new business frontier.”
According to Dr. Naikuni, even though most countries in Central Africa are landlocked with limited export opportunities, they represent an important trade corridor to the West African market where Kenya Airways has established a strong presence.
ABOUT KENYA AIRWAYS:
Kenya Airways is the flag carrier of Kenya, established in 1977 and headquartered at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Part of the SkyTeam Alliance, the airline operates to over 46 scheduled destinations throughout Africa, Europe, the Indian subcontinent, and Asia.
KENYA AIRWAYS EQUIPMENT:
The Kenya Airways fleet is composed of 4 Boeing 777-200Ers, 6 Boeing 767-300Ers, 5 Boeing 737-800s, 4 Boeing 737-700s, 5 Boeing 737-300s, and 6 Embraer E17LRs – 30 aircraft in total.
KENYA AIRWAYS ROUTE OVERVIEW:
Kenya Airways is based in Nairobi, Kenya, and operates scheduled service to:
AFRICA: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Bamako, Bangui, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar-es-Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Dzaoudzi, Entebbe, Freetown, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Luanda, Mahe, Malabo, Monrovia, Moroni, Ndola, N’djamena, Yaounde, Zanzibar.
FAR EAST, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST: Bangkok, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Muscat.
EUROPE: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Rome.
DOMESTIC: Kisumu, Mombasa, Malindi, Nairobi (HUB).