By Peter Theuri
Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed an plane hire agreement with a Congolese airline. The two plane started operating a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways.
The agreement will locate Kenya Airways hire two Embraer E190 jets to Congo Airways to establish domestic operations and flight frequencies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Right here is as Kenya seeks to leverage the DRC market by diversifying its export destinations. The Covid-19 induced disruption has highlighted the necessity for deeper inter-regional commerce.
Kenya Airways will furthermore provide practicing to Congolese aviation officials through its Delight Centre and locate the commerce of technical personnel in diversified areas to develop jog that skills switch between the two airways.
The partnership strengthens collaboration and bolsters aviation ties between Kenya and the DRC, actualising the memorandum of working out signed between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways in April 2021 in Kinshasa.
The deal was witnessed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his DRC counterpart Felix Tshisekedi.
Kenya Airways Community Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka hailed the partnership because the first of many steps in actualising the Pan African aviation dream by making a model for cooperation between two African Airways, that would possibly perhaps perhaps well well contribute to Africa’s socio-economic pattern.
“KQ is a key participant in the aviation space in Africa, and with over 40 years of skills, here’s the largest step in bettering cooperation to amplify air connectivity and provide elevated passenger and cargo alternate choices between the two international locations,” Kilavuka said.
The nationwide provider on Monday commenced teach cargo flights from Johannesburg to Lubumbashi.
“The improved community is built spherical KQ’s southern Africa operations in Johannesburg and is anticipated to provide extra connections to extra capabilities during the DRC and Africa,” Kilavuka said.
“This would possibly perhaps perhaps well provide customers with more helpful schedules and skill at a time when the global industry has suffered skill shortfall resulting from the pandemic to boot to enhance the profitability of KQ’s regional freighters on the return sector from Johannesburg.”
Congo Airways’ Chief Executive Pascal Kasongo said elevated air connectivity will provide higher linkage to global destinations, enabling both international locations to cruise to the next future and homicide a resilient aviation industry that would possibly perhaps perhaps well stand the check of time.
The Global Air Transport Associations (IATA) estimates that African airways saw a combined loss of $2 billion (Sh220 billion) resulting from reduced passenger poke in 2020.