KQ celebrates 36 years


For its 36th birthday, Kenya Airways has lined up a series of activities and events, including rewarding loyal customers with various prizes. KQ launched its first flight in February 1977, following the break-up of the East African Community and disbanding of East African Airways.

With only six aircraft when it was launched by the Kenyan government – four inherited from the collapsed regional airline and two leased ones – the airline has since been privatised, and grown its fleet and route network significantly. Today, Kenya Airways flies to over 50 destinations across the world and operates a fleet of 41 aircraft.

During its 36 years of existence, Kenya Airways has achieved several milestones, including striking a strategic partnership with KLM in 1995; issuing an Initial Public Offering in 1996; and the Rights Issue in 2012. In terms of passenger safety, Kenya Airways achieved the International Air Transport Association Operational Safety Audit certification in 2005, making it the first airline in sub-Saharan Africa to do so.

The 36th anniversary comes as the airline implements its 10-year growth plan, ‘Project Mawingu’, which aims at operating a fleet of 119 aircraft from 35, along with increasing its destinations from 58 to 115 routes, by the end of 2021. Kenya Airways is also part of the Sky Team, a global network of 19 international carriers, having joined in 2007.

For more info go to kenya-airways.com

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