Qatar Airways and Fly 540 sign interline deal


(Posted 13th June 2013)

Information was received from Fly 540’s media agency, confirming that the airline has signed a deal with Qatar Airways to extend the reach of the Qatar national airline to a range of domestic and regional destinations currently served by Fly 540. Luther Pendragon’s release read as follows: ‘Under the terms of the agreement, Qatar Airways’ passengers will be able to connect with a Fly540 Kenya flight at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi and fly to destinations within Fly540 Kenya’s network using one itinerary. This will ensure that passengers have seamless, through-baggage and hassle-free onward connections to some of Kenya’s most beautiful destinations, including Eldoret, Kisumu, Lamu, Lodwar, Malindi and Mombasa and also across the border into Juba and Zanzibar’.

This is the first such agreement for Fly 540 and the pride of being able to ‘bag’ such a deal with a prestigious carrier like Qatar Airways reflects in the statement the airline’s CEO Don Smith made: ‘We are delighted to have signed this interline agreement with Qatar Airways, which is our first such agreement. This deal expands our flight network beyond Africa and to a key growth-area of the Middle East. We feel honoured to have been selected to partner one of the world’s premier airlines, which reflects the strength of our offering in Kenya, and we look forward to welcoming Qatar Airways passengers onboard’.

Qatar Airways presently flies twice a day between Doha and Nairobi, using a two class Airbus A320 on the route and also operates daily services to Entebbe / Kigali and Dar es Salaam / Kilimanjaro in the wider East African region. Watch this space for breaking and regular aviation news from across East Africa and the Indian Ocean region.