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About the airline
Founded in 1977, Kenya Airways Ltd (www.kenya-airways.com) is the flag carrier airline of Kenya. The airline’s headquarters are situated in Ebakasi, Nairobi, with its primary air hub located at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways was the first African carrier to move from being fully state owned to being privatised in 1996, and currently operates as a public-private partnership enterprise.
The Kenyan Government has a 29.8% shareholding, while KLM owns 26.73% and the rest of the shares are owned by private investors. The airline is listed on the stock exchanges of Nairobi, Dar es Salaam and the Uganda Securities Exchange. KQ, as it is locally known due to the airline’s call code, is rated as one of the leading sub-Saharan air operators. As of 2013, the airline is ranked fourth in Africa in terms of seat capacity. Only South African Airways, Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir have greater seat capacities on the continent.
The airline is a member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, and it has been a member of the African Airlines Association since inception. By the end of 2016, the airline was employing 3,989 full time staff members. During the same year, the airline transported 4.2 million passengers along its domestic and international flight route network.
During 2016, the airline reported an annual revenue of KSh116 million, with a net profit of Ksh26 million.
As of the beginning of 2017, Kenya Airways flies to over 60 domestic, regional and international destinations. Key cities include Luanda, Cotonou in Benin, Gaborone in Botswana, Port Louis in Mauritius, Monrovia, Rome, Mumbai, Blantyer in Malawi, Maputo, Amsterdam, Lagos and Abuja, Muscat in Oman, Kigali in Rwanda as well as Freetown in Sierra Leone. The airline also operates regular scheduled flights to both Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa.
Domestically, the airline flies to Eldoret, Kisumu, Lokichogio, Malindi, Mombasa Mumias and the capital, Nairobi. Additional international destinations include Kigali in Rwanda, Stockholm, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Bangkok, Dakar, Istanbul, Abu Dhabi, London, Bristol Entebbe, Harare and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
The airline counts African Cargo Handling, Kenya Airfreight Handling as well as Jambojet amongst its subsidiary companies.
As of the end of 2016, Kenya Airways enjoys codesharing agreements with the likes of Air Burkina, Air France, Comair, Etihad Airways, KLM, EgyptAir, Taag Angola, Saudia, Vietnam Airways, Precision Air, Royal Air Maroc as well as Air Mauritius, Korean Air, and LAM Mozambique.
The 2017 fleet
As of 2017, the KQ fleet includes 4 Boeing 737-700s, 8 Boeing 737-800s, 8 Boeing 787-8s as well as 15 Embraer ERJ-190s.
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Given that KQ flies to a range of international destinations, the exact luggage allocation varies per route. The following chart should give you a fair indication of what to expect, but exact baggage weight limitations may vary.
|Africa – America / Europe||2 Pieces, 32kg maximum each||2 Pieces, 23kg maximum each|
|Johannesburg – London / Paris / Amsterdam||2 Pieces, 32kg maximum each||1 Pieces, 23kg maximum each|
|Africa- Middle East / Asia||2 Pieces, 32kg maximum each||2 Pieces, 23kg maximum each|
|Intra-Africa 1 (East Africa and fifth freedom sectors)||2 Pieces, 32kg maximum each.||2 Pieces, 23kg maximum each|
|Intra-Africa 2 (Rest of Africa)||2 Pieces, 32kg maximum each.||2 Pieces, 23kg maximum each.|
|Domestic (Kenya)||1 Piece, 32kg maximum each.||1 Piece, maximum 23kg.|
|Sky Team Elite Plus & Elite (Platinum, Gold and Silver card holders)||+1 Piece Extra, maximum 32kg.||+1 Piece Extra, maximum 23kg.|
Online flight tracker
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Kenya Airways Contact Details
Reservations / Booking Enquiries Tel: +254 (0) 20 3274747
Flying Blue: firstname.lastname@example.org
Customer relations: email@example.com
Head Office: Airport North Road, Embakasi
PO Box 19002 – 00501 Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: + 254-(0)20-642 2000
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