Cheap flights for early-bird customers

Major savings for guests booking flights weeks in advance
Kenya Airways has introduced cut-price ticket deals for those passengers booking their flights early. Dubbed ‘KQ Hot Deals’, the early-bird offer requires guests to buy tickets either 28 or 42 days in advance to save on the purchase price.

HR-early-bird--msafiriThe move comes following research that shows that in Africa many travellers book their tickets one or two days before the date of their flights, unlike their counterparts in Europe and the Americas. This trait particularly impacts domestic and regional flights, especially in the sub-Sahara region.

Further research by online ticket booking engine Expedia.com confirmed that buying at least two months in advance for domestic travel and six months in advance for international travel puts travellers in the best position to get a good deal.

Consequently, Kenya Airways is seeking to encourage its passengers to book their flights early to ensure they get the best deals for their travel.

Kenya Airways Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said: “We have introduced new, lower entry, fares on some of our markets. We are keen to have our guests grab the KQ Hot Deals and enjoy a whole new experience with us.

“Our customers will benefit from a whole new range of ticket prices and we expect this to open up air travel to more people in the region. We also want to encourage our customers to plan and book early to enjoy these low fares.”

The introduction of KQ Hot Deals is part of the airline’s commitment to enhancing customer experience.

The offer comes with certain conditions, such as a minimum or weekend stay, as is common practice.

SkyTeam celebrates 15th anniversary
KQs directors, led by Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze, treated guests to cake and champagne at the end of June to celebrate 15 years of SkyTeam, the global airline alliance.

Kenya Airways is proud to be the only African partner in the alliance, connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa.

Founded in 2000 by Aeroméxico, Air France, Delta Air Lines and Korean Air, SkyTeam has grown to 20 members and now has a firm foothold across the world. Kenya Airways joined the alliance as an associate airline in 2007, attaining full member status in 2010.

Earlier this year SkyTeam won the prestigious title of Airline Alliance of the Year at the Air Transport News Awards.

The alliance flies to 1052 destinations across 177 countries, and it has created a seamless system that enables travellers to combine the most convenient routes, book tickets worldwide, enjoy reliable transfer baggage and access airport lounges.

KQ named Best Business Class Airline in Africa
Kenya Airways has scooped the top award in the Africa’s Leading Airline – Business Class 2015 category at the World Travel Awards, for the third year running.

The airline claimed the prize ahead of Egypt Air, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air Maroc and South African Airways.

Kenya Airways Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze welcomed the award and attributed the airline’s success to the recent investment in its service offering.

“We have been investing heavily on our product in a bid to improve the customer experience,” he said. “This award, the third year in a row [we have received it], is a testament to the investments that we have made in the past couple of years in terms of our aircraft and the service we offer our customers.”

Such improvements include the opening of new lounges at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport and the purchase of new aircraft, which has seen KQ establish the youngest fleet in the region.

Ngunze added that the airline was committed to consistently delivering world-class service to its guests.

The airline’s business class, dubbed ‘Premier World’, offers exciting features such as full flatbed seats, laptop stowage, armrests that also act as privacy dividers, high-quality in-flight entertainment, USB port, power sockets and a wide range of in-flight catering.

At the Awards there was more success for Kenya, which claimed top spot in ten categories overall, including Africa’s Leading Beach Destination (Diani Beach), Africa’s Leading National Park (Masai Mara) and Africa’s Leading Tourist Board.

The World Travel Awards, dubbed the ‘Oscars of the travel industry’, reward outstanding achievement within the global travel sector.

KQ to service Embraer jets
Kenya has always been designated as an Embraer Authorised Service Centre (EASC) – the first in sub-Saharan Africa and only the tenth in the world. The appointment will see KQs’ Engineering and Maintenance department offer maintenance services to Embraer’s global network of aircraft operators at its Nairobi base.

Kenya Airways has the largest Embraer fleet in Africa – 15 E190s – having operated and maintained the jets since 2007.

KQs’ Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the move is in line with KQ’s Technical department’s ambition to achieve global recognition as a centre of engineering excellence and as a regional centre of maintenance.

“This is a major recognition for us because it creates a platform for further growth as a maintenance and repair services provider and will drive revenue,” he said during the certification ceremony held at KQ’s headquarters in June.

Embraer, based in São Paulo, Brazil, is one of the world’s largest aircraft manufacturers.
The Embraer authorisation comes hot on the heels of the Technical division being awarded European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approval, in May 2015, which enables Kenya Airways to carry out maintenance for European carriers and their affiliates.