KQ extends support of East African Rally

RallyMotor sport plays a key role in promoting Kenya

Kenya airways IS TO continue its sponsorship of the East African Safari Classic Rally, which is set for its seventh running on 19-27 November.

Speaking at the official launch for this year’s rally, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said the airline was proud to be associated with the event, which continues to promote trade, tourism and business opportunities between East Africa and rest of the world.

“The KQ East African Safari Classic Rally is not just a sporting activity, it also serves to foster good relations between our country and the parent countries of international participants,” said Ngunze.

“More importantly, sports play a key economic role – they have continued to bring people into the country, who come in as sports tourists. The [rally], therefore, not only earns foreign exchange but also provides an opportunity to market East Africa as a tourist and investment destination.”

Rally Director JS Vohra added: “We are more than grateful to have Kenya Airways on board once again as our leading supporter of the nine-day rally that will visit both Kenya and Tanzania. Both parties have a major role to role to play in the sport, which not only attracts world-class rally drivers but also large number of fans from across the world.”

Since 2011 the airline has pledged some Ksh69 million over the three rallies it has been involved in.

So far more than 50 crews have entered this year’s race, including former World Rally Champion Stig Blomqvist; former World Group N Champion Gregoire de Mevius; and Aslam Khan, a former KQ pilot.

Starting and ending in Mombasa, the rally will traverse nearly 3800km through some of the most picturesque parts of the region, including Amboseli, Lake Manyara and Arusha.

Platinum for Life
Pastor Prince Okechukwu Obasi-Ike, from Nigeria, recently received his Platinum for Life card, as an appreciation of the loyalty he has shown to Kenya Airways.

To become a Platinum for Life member of the Flying Blue loyalty programme guests must have flown at least 60 one-way flights with KQ or any of the SkyTeam airlines every year for ten consecutive years.

Platinum for Life entitles the beneficiaries to: 100 per cent more Award Miles on SkyTeam flights; Business Class check-in; free lounge access; Extra baggage allowance; SkyPriority treatment; and the highest priority on waiting lists.

KQ celebrates ten years in Senegal and Mali
KQ will mark ten years of operation in both Senegal and Mali with a special anniversary promotion to reward loyal customers, which launches in September. The airline’s service to the West African nations has grown over the years and it currently flies six times a week to Dakar and to Bamako. Kenya Airways has a dedicated team in each country, with 12 staff based in Dakar and five in Bamako.