Kenya Airways is the leading airline of Kenya, with its headquarters in Nairobi. The airline's main hub is at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. The airline started its operations on February 4, 1977. It plies scheduled flights to a number of destinations in Africa, Asia and a handful of countries in Europe. The airline focuses on Mombasa, the second largest city in Kenya. It has provided access to the European countries including Glasgow, Athens, Rome, Zurich, Birmingham, Manchester, Madrid, Copenhagen, Berlin, Frankfurt and Barcelona, through code share agreements with KLM and Air France. Check out the following lines to know more about the history and profile of Kenya Airways.
Kenya Airways was established in February 1977, following the break up of the erstwhile East African Community and subsequent disbanding of the jointly-owned East African Airways. Initially, the airline was fully owned by the Kenyan Government. In 1986, Kenyan Government initiated moves to privatize Kenya Airways, with a view to promote economic development and growth of country. It was believed that the airline would do better, if it were privatized. In 1991, further moves were made to privatize the airline. At that time, Philip Ndegwa was appointed as the Chairman of the Board, for the purpose freeing the airing from the Government's ownership.
The moves were put into action and finally, Kenya Airways was privatized. In the fiscal year 1993-1994, the airline produced its first profit since the start of its commercial operations. In 1995, Kenya Airways came up with an IPO. Kenya Airways started trading on Nairobi Stock Exchange in 1996. In 2002, Kenya Airways acquired 49% shareholding in Precision Air, a Tanzanian carrier. Due to the excellence in the service provided by it, the airline was awarded with African Airline of the Year, in 2005. In 2007, Kenya Airways was officially invited by SkyTeam, the second largest airline alliance in the world, to become one of the first SkyTeam Associate Airlines.
Destinations And Fleet
Kenya Airways has a modern fleet that consists of 26 aircrafts, which include Embraer 170LR, Boeing 777-200ER, Boeing 767-300ER, Boeing 737-800, Boeing 737-700 and Boeing 737-300. Kenya Airways covers a number of countries in Africa, including Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Comores, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Uganda and Tanzania. In Asia, the airline flies to China, India, Thailand and Dubai. The European countries covered by Kenya Airways include France, Netherlands and United Kingdom.