As a part of its 10-year strategy, Kenya Airways plans to connect Africa through Nairobi to North America (USA and Canada), South America and Australia.
Over the next 10 years, the carrier, which recently celebrated its 36th anniversary, plans to launch seven new routes into China, six in the Indian Subcontinent and three across North and Southeast Asia. With its growing presence in Europe and the Middle East, Kenya Airways is poised to become Africa’s largest carrier and one of a few airlines to serve every inhabited continent in the world.
The 10-year growth plan codenamed Project Mawingu – from the Swahili word for clouds – is aimed at operating 119 aircraft, representing a significant increase from its current fleet of 42. It is likewise aimed at increasing its destinations from 58 to 115 routes in 77 countries in six continents by 2021.
In 2007, Kenya Airways joined Sky Team, a global network of 19 international carriers. Through the network, Kenya Airways is able to offer its passengers service from 1,000 airports in 187 countries.
Abraham Joseph, regional general manager, South Asia, Middle East and North Africa,Â said: "The Middle East has seen considerable growth in aviation in the last few years. The Gulf region has provided great opportunities for growth especially to the African continent. Currently, we offer 10 weekly flights from Dubai to Nairobi, with excellent connections to the rest of Africa. We also have three weekly flights from Dubai to Hong Kong, with immediate connections to Manila and other South East and Far East destinations."
Kenya Airways’ 10-year plan will see a significant increase in new aircraft. To date, the airline has firm orders for nine B787s (with 20 on options) and three B777-300ERs, for which delivery starts in the first quarter of 2014. In addition, the company plans to expand its narrow-bodied fleet, subject to further orders, which will facilitate expansion across Africa and the Middle East. Most notably, Kenya Airways envisions operating 32 787s by 2021, which will eventually become the carrier’s workhorse
Kenya Airways is also planning a sizeable freighter aircraft fleet expansion. Having recently taken delivery of a Boeing 737 freighter aircraft (the first of three), the company envisions having seven 777-200LR freighters in FY2020/21. It also intends to expand its 737-400 fleet to five, giving the airline a dedicated freighter fleet of 12.
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