Kenya Airways has signed an aircraft lease agreement for two Embraer E190 and begun operating a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways.
Aside from cargo, the two carriers will cooperate in other commercial areas including passengers and training.
Kenya Airways said the partnership “strengthens collaboration and bolsters aviation ties between Kenya and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), actualising the Memorandum of Understanding between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways signed in April 2021”.
“Cargo has provided new opportunities in the face of the pandemic, and we are keen to continue building our operations and leveraging partnerships,” said Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Allan Kilavuka. “The enhanced network is built around KQ’s southern Africa operations in Johannesburg and is expected to provide further connections to additional points within the DRC and Africa.
‘This will provide customers with more convenient schedules and capacity at a time when the global industry has suffered capacity shortfall due to the pandemic as well as improve profitability of KQ’s regional freighters on the return sector from Johannesburg,” he added.
The Nairobi-based carrier added that “Kenya is seeking to leverage the DRC market by diversifying its export destinations, given the Covid-19-induced disruption, which has highlighted the need for deeper inter-regional trade”.
Kenya has also launched direct cargo flights between South Africa’s Johannesburg and Lubumbashi, the mining capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, began operating on Sept. 13.
Congo Airways’ chief executive Pascal Kasongo Mwema Mwenda, added: “Increased air connectivity will offer more choices to passengers in the DRC and between the two countries. It will also provide better connectivity to international destinations, enabling both countries to fly to a better future and build a resilient aviation industry that can stand the test of time.”