KQ flies to Cape Town

KQ flies to Cape TownRoute will connect via Livingstone, gateway to the Victoria Falls

Kenya Airways will fly to Cape Town, South Africa, three times a week from early July. The route will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and will connect via Livingstone, Zambia, the gateway to the Victoria Falls.

Flights will depart Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 7.20am, arriving in Livingstone at 9.30am, departing Livingstone at 10.20am to arrive in Cape Town at 1.25pm. The return leg will take off from Cape Town International Airport at 2.15pm, arriving in Livingstone at 5.10pm, departing Livingstone at 6pm and touching down in Nairobi at 10pm.

The Embraer 190 will operate on the route, with a configuration of 12 business class and 84 economy class seats.

Cape Town will be the second South African city that KQ serves; the airline currently flies four times a day to Jo’burg.

Kenya Airways will also be the only carrier to offer a direct service between Livingstone and Cape Town, and the route will offer excellent connections to the rest of its network.

Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze said: “We are excited to add a new destination to our network. We continue to connect Africa to the world and the world to Africa. Cape Town via Livingstone will offer our guests two holiday destinations on one route.”

The news follows the airline’s recent revamp of its schedules, which are designed to boost connectivity for passengers in Africa by at least 20 per cent.

The reopening of the runway at JKIA between midnight and 6am, following a year-long redevelopment project, means Kenya Airways can now operate more hours of the day, thereby enabling more efficient use of its aircraft and crew. Through this, there is room for an increase in flight frequencies to some cities in its network, especially in Africa.

KQ flies victorious London Marathon athletes home

Kenyan marathon runners Eliud Kipchoge and Jemima Sumgong enjoyed Kenya Airways’ hospitality as they returned to Nairobi following their victories in this year’s London Marathon.

Kipchoge took the men’s title, clocking 02:03:05 – a record time for London and the second fastest time in history; narrowly missing out on the world record by just 8 seconds. Sumgong’s victory in the women’s race was even more remarkable, given that she crashed to the floor at the 21-mile mark after a collision with another runner. Despite suffering a blow to her head, she managed to pick herself up to pull back a gap of some 40 metres to the leaders, before powering home to win in a time of 2:22:58.

KQ & KLM to codeshare cargo on Jo’burg route

Kenya Airways and KLM have entered into a Cargo Partnership Sales Agreement (CPSA) to codeshare cargo sales on the Johannesburg–Nairobi route.

The agreement is poised to open up new cargo opportunities, which target better optimisation of each airline’s capacity, as well as enhancing the quality of service offered to customers and trade partners. As part of the deal, KLM will be responsible for selling cargo space on KQ’s B733 freighters that will then de-feed cargo to Nairobi, Entebbe, Lagos, Lillongwe, Mombasa and Mwanza among other routes.

KQ Cargo Acting Commercial Manager Peter Musola said: “This agreement will greatly contribute not only to the provision of smooth air cargo service to our targeted regions but also provide better solutions that meet the wide variety of logistical needs from our customers. There has been tremendous growth in cargo in Africa and we are poised to take advantage of this.”

KQ Cargo and KLM have similar agreements for Europe and East Africa for both passenger and cargo business.

KQ welcomes home victorious Sevens

The KQ-sponsored Kenya Rugby Sevens team created history after winning their first-ever HSBC World Series event, beating Fiji 30-7 in the final in Singapore. In recognition of their momentous victory Kenya Airways rewarded each player with US$1000 and three tickets to any KQ destination of their choice. KQ Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze congratulated the team on “an excellent and resurgent performance”. He added: “Kenya Airways is proud of you.” Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, who hosted a reception for the players, commended the airline’s support of the team. “I thank you for sponsoring the team and for believing in their ability,” he said.

KQ surprises guests with EPL tickets

Kenya Airways surprised four lucky passengers on a London-bound flight in April with tickets to watch an English Premier League football match. One lucky guest explained: “Two gentlemen from Kenya Airways came to me [in the lounge], and asked if I liked football. I told them ‘I am an Arsenal fan’, and they offered me two tickets for the Arsenal-Crystal Palace match. This was a very big surprise. This was a very big thing Kenya Airways has done, supporting their customers like never before.”