Sources close to Kenya Airways have confirmed that the airline has signed a revised and expanded codeshare agreement with fellow SkyTeam member China Southern.
The deal will become operational from 01st of August this year and will cover an expanded list of destinations for Kenya Airways passengers, who fly from or via Nairobi to Guangzhou. They can now seamlessly, with one ticket and baggage checked through – and miles earned too – continue to Australia’s key destinations like Perth, Sydney and Melbourne, but also the central Chinese city of Wuhan, which will be served on China Southern flights from Bangkok.
In turn will China Southern passengers be able to fly seamlessly via Nairobi to Lusaka, Lagos and Johannesburg, key destinations on the African continent.
The new codeshare agreement will give Kenya Airways leverage vis a vis other leading airlines on the continent, which at least in part operate to more destinations in the Far East compared to Kenya Airways present list of destinations, something now effectively addressed by the expanded agreement. ‘Others are launching to say Korea where we have been going in codeshare with Korean Air for a while now. True, we may not cover some destinations at this time with our own flights but that is what partner alliances are for. We supplement and complement each other to make sure that passenger loyalty is rewarded. If they choose to fly with KQ every SkyTeam member is ready to serve them too. Through fares will be as attractive as if we’d fly on our own and when we get more wide body aircraft from next year, more destinations can be opened especially in China and that region’ said the source in added information when passing the news. Kenya Airways’ CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni was additionally quoted to have said upon signing the new deal: ‘This will benefit our guests a great deal with the increase in flights, frequency and ease of connectivity to more destinations’. Going places? Then go with The Pride of Africa to more and more places. Watch this space for regular and breaking news from Eastern Africa’s exciting and vibrant aviation sector.