Kenya Airways plans direct flights to China's Guangzhou
NAIROBI, Aug 28, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
Kenya Airways said Wednesday it will
launch direct flights in November to China's commercial city of
Guangzhou to reap from the growing Sino-African relations.
The airline CEO Titus Naikuni said its Boeing 777-300ER will be
introduced for the non-stop weekly flight on Nov. 19 between the
Kenyan capital Nairobi and Guangzhou.
Naikuni said the Asian nation has emerged as a key trading partner
for Africa, adding that Kenya Airways' planned flights to Guangzhou
will build on this connection.
"Our direct flights to Guangzhou seek to build on this
relationship in order to make a contribution towards sustainable
development of Africa, which is in line with our core purpose as a
company," Naikuni said in a statement released in Nairobi.
Kenya Airways recently inked an agreement with China Eastern
Airlines to enable the KQ code share on daily services between
Bangkok and Shanghai. China Eastern Airlines will code share on daily
Kenya Airways service between Bangkok and Nairobi under the deal.
The national carrier hopes to strengthen its presence in China by
offering better connection options to its passengers from Africa. Its
association with China Eastern Airlines gives it an opportunity to
offer customers a seamless connection to and from China.
Kenya Airways is seeking to more than double the number of its
aeroplanes to 115 in the next 10 years as part of its fleet and
The airline had earlier announced plans to increase its
destinations to China from the current two to six to tap the
potential of passenger and cargo travel between China and Africa.
Naikuni said the Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is due in Nairobi in
mid-October and will commence revenue service in mid-November.
The airline which flies to over 40 destinations in Africa
currently flies directly from Nairobi to Guangzhou via Bangkok,
Naikuni said the direct flights will be operated on Mondays,
Wednesdays and Fridays departing from Nairobi just after midnight
while maintaining the current flights to Guangzhou via Bangkok of
four times a week.
"The new direct flights to Guangzhou would facilitate interaction
between the two regions by opening up Africa to China through its
robust connections from Nairobi. The airline flies to over 40
destinations in Africa," Naikuni said.
"Together with code-share partner, China Southern, whose hub is
Guangzhou, Kenya Airways will be able to service most parts of China.
China Southern is the biggest carrier in Asia."
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