61 AND COUNTING AS KENYA AIRWAYS COMMENCES ABU DHABI FLIGHTS
(Posted 04th July 2013)
Kenya Airways is now flying to 61 destination, in Africa and beyond, as they launched their flights to Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. The Pride of Africa is codesharing the three weekly services with partner Etihad, after signing an extensive cooperation agreement some months ago. Etihad is presently flying 7 times a week between Abu Dhabi and Nairobi, using an Airbus A320, while Kenya Airways in turn is using a B737-800NG for the service. Both airlines have agreed to extend the codeshares to beyond their respective hubs in Nairobi and Abu Dhabi, giving Etihad access to one of Africa’s widest networks, connecting the Eastern African region and the continent with almost immediate onward connections, while Kenya Airways will be able to codeshare to destinations Etihad is flying to from Abu Dhabi. This opens up a wider reach for Kenya Airways passengers to such destinations like India, the Far and South East, Australia but also Europe and North America. No specific listing of such codeshared destinations has however been availed so far. It is expected that the number of flights will be progressively increased to eventually offer a double daily frequency from Nairobi to Abu Dhabi, one each operated by the respective national airlines. Watch this space for regular and breaking news from Eastern Africa’s vibrant aviation industry.