Kenya’s flag carrier, Kenya Airways has signed an aircraft lease agreement and a codeshare partnership with Congo Airways.
As part of the agreement, both airlines will jointly operate a codeshare partnership where whereby they will jointly market the extra aircraft space to maximize productivity, and increase network without the costs of running a full service.
Furthermore, Kenya Airways will lease two Embraer E190 jets to Congo Airways, to help improve domestic operations and flight frequencies.
Kenya Airways Group MD and CEO Allan Kilavuka hailed the partnership as the first of many steps in actualizing pan Africanism by creating a model for cooperation between two African airlines, which will contribute to Africa’s socio-economic development.
“KQ is a key player in the aviation space in Africa, and with over 40 years of experience, this is an important step in enhancing cooperation to increase air connectivity and offer greater passenger and cargo options between the two countries. The timing of this agreement is correct, considering the severe impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the aviation industry, as it will increase the utilization of our aircraft.”
Likewise, Congo Airways’ CEO Pascal Kasongo Mwema Mwenda said that the 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.
To ensure skills transfer between both airlines, Kenya Airways will also offer courses through its Pride Centre and explore the exchange of technical personnel.
Kenya hopes to profits from the growing DRC passenger and cargo transport market, both entities had previously signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in April 2021 in Kinshasa witnessed by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta and DRC’s President Felix Tshisekedi.
Leveraging on its vast experience in operating Embraer jets since 2008, Kenya Airways operates a Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) service center boasting of two state-of-the-art hangers, mechanical and avionics workshops, and a warehouse.