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MISSUE NO. 3616 

April 19 - 24, 2013

 

 Coastweek   Kenya


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XINHUA NEWS SERVICE REPORTS FROM THE AFRICAN CONTINENT

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Kenya Airways seeks to tap
growing cargo business in Africa

There has been a surge in demand for cargo
transportation across Africa, and Kenya Airways
has provided a vital link to the rest of the world

NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- National carrier, Kenya Airways on Thursday received its first fully owned cargo aircraft to tap into the growing cargo freighting business in Africa.

The new freighter jet, Boeing B737-300 which has a cargo capacity of 20 metric tons is the first of four passenger aircraft owned by the airline which were identified for conversion into freighters in October 2012 to strengthen its cargo business.

“We are excited to take delivery of this newly converted freighter jet, which will be a perfect addition to our fleet,” said Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, Dr. Titus Naikuni in Nairobi.

“This aircraft will go a long way in enabling us to grow our cargo business segment across regional routes as well as increase revenue from cargo services which will be a significant contribution to our bottom-line.”

Last year, Kenya Airways introduced a 120 ton cargo plane that will fly from Nairobi to China, to cater for increasing need for air cargo transport between the two destinations.

There has been a surge in demand for cargo transportation across Africa, and Kenya Airways has provided a vital link to the rest of the world.

Kenya Airways is a leading airline in Africa flying to 45 destinations on the continent. Being a member of the SkyTeam Alliance, Kenya Airways’ passengers have access to the member airlines’ worldwide network and passenger facilities in 926 destinations in 173 countries.

The regional freighter will allow KQ Cargo to capitalize on full cargo potential on routes that are currently served by the single aisle passenger jets that includes the Embraer and Boeing 737 family.

The converted freighter will serve Eastern, Central and Southern Africa with planned destinations including Juba, Luanda, Bangui, Douala, Yaoundé, Kigali, Entebbe, Dar-es-Salaam, Kinshasa and Bujumbura, amongst others.

The introduction of the new freighter jet is set to boost the airline’s cargo business as it seeks to contain the surge in demand for cargo services in some of the regional routes where it operates the much smaller Embraer jets that have limited cargo capacity.

Under its 10-year growth strategy, Kenya Airways plans to have 12 freighters in its fleet by 2022.

The converted freighter is also expected to further present value addition through channeling of cargo flows from China to various African destinations, a perfect business solution for the in-feed, de-feed capacity mismatch that currently exists.

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