KENYA AIRWAYS TOPS PUNCTUALITY STATS IN HEATHROW
(Posted 12th July 2013)
Kenya Airways came out tops in terms of on time performance at London Heathrow with 100 percent of all June 2013 departures right on time, while 83 percent of the arriving flights landed as scheduled. The only other African airline coming close to this achievement was South African in place 19, still respectable, while others followed way down the line like Egypt Air in position 67 and Ethiopian in position 72. Kenya Airways presently operates a daily flight between Nairobi and London, using a B777 on the route and has in the past said more flights are contingent on both getting the extra slots as well as of course a rise in passenger numbers. Previously KQ has come in as runner up in the Heathrow on time statistics but never topped the charts until June of this year.
Over 80 airlines fly in and out of Heathrow, operating nearly 1.300 flights a day with an average of just over 191.000 passengers.
Meanwhile was it learned too that the airline’s second converted B737-300F will arrive before the end of July back in Kenya, adding a third dedicated cargo aircraft to the fleet of one B747-400, jointly operated with KLM’s Martinair, and a previously converted B737-300C. Further conversions, the airline had last year signaled that as many as 4 of their B737-300 aircraft would be withdrawn from passenger service and converted into freighters, will be deferred until such time that the demand for air cargo has stabilized and improved. The B737-300’s earmarked for conversion will until then remain in the Kenya Airways fleet of now 41 passenger aircraft and be deployed on the route to Mombasa and to regional destinations like Entebbe. Watch this space for regular and breaking news from the Eastern African aviation industry.