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Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways Logo.svg
Founded 22 January 1977 (1977-01-22) (42 years ago)
Commenced operations 4 February 1977 (1977-02-04)
Hubs
  • Jomo Kenyatta International Airport
Frequent-flyer program Flying Blue
Alliance SkyTeam
Subsidiaries
  • African Cargo Handling Limited (100%)
  • Jambojet (100%)
  • Kenya Airfreight Handling Limited (51%)
Fleet size 40
Destinations 53
Company slogan ′′The Pride of Africa′′
Headquarters Embakasi, Nairobi, Kenya
Key people
  • Michael Joseph (chairman)
  • Sebastian Mikosz (managing director and CEO)

Kenya Airways Ltd., more commonly known as Kenya Airways, is the flag carrier airline of Kenya. The company was founded in 1977, after the dissolution of East African Airways. Their head office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, with its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The airline was owned by the Government of Kenya until April 1995 (1995-04), and it was privatised in 1996, becoming the first African flag carrier to successfully do so. Kenya Airways is currently a public-private partnership.

The airline became a member of SkyTeam in June 2010 (2010-06), and is also a member of the African Airlines Association since 1977. Kenya Airways serves 53 destinations in 41 countries, as of November 2017.

In April 2012 (2012-04), the airline launched a plan named Project Mawingu (the Swahili word meaning Clouds) to add 24 destinations by 2021, including the start of services to Australia and North and South America, and expanding its presence in Asia as well; this includes initiating routes to Dhaka, Kunming and Seoul and to Prague, Ürümqi and Hanoi.

Services

Former Kenya Airways' frequent flyer programme Msafiri was merged with KLM's Flying Dutchman in 1997, which was in turn merged with that of Air France and rebranded as Flying Blue in 2005, following the fusion of both companies. Gold Elite and Platinum Elite members of the Flying Blue programme are offered the JV Lounge. This service is provided to Kenya Airways passengers, and to passengers flying with its partner airlines as well. Simba Lounge is a service provided to Kenya Airways Business passengers only. Both lounges are located at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Different in-flight entertainment is available depending upon the aircraft and the class travelled. The airline's in-flight magazine is called Msafiri, and is distributed among the passengers in all aircraft, irrespective of the class.

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