Kenya Airways announces its Code Share with Qantas
The Pride of Africa, Kenya Airways has today announced its expansion into Australia through a new code share agreement signed with Qantas, Australia’s premier carrier.
Under the agreement, Kenya Airways will code share on daily Qantas services between Bangkok and Sydney, while Qantas will code share on daily Kenya Airways services between Bangkok and Nairobi.
Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni said the partnership between the two airlines would enable its customer’s access to more destinations in Australia, while also giving an opportunity to Qantas passengers to access the 41 destinations flown by KQ in Africa.
“Kenya Airways seeks to strengthen its presence in Australia by offering better connection options to its passengers from Africa and our association with Qantas gives us an opportunity to offer our customers a seamless connection to and from Australia.”
Dr. Naikuni added that Australia was a key market for passengers either travelling for education, business and leisure travel. He also noted that majority of the traffic from Australia would comprise of tourists.
Group Executive Qantas Airlines Commercial, Mr Rob Gurney, said the alliance would give Qantas customers greater access to the exciting African tourism market.
“Qantas is pleased to be able to increase the options available for Australians travelling to Africa,” Mr Gurney said. “There is considerable potential for growth in business and leisure travel between Australia and Kenya. This new code share arrangement positions both airlines well to capitalise on that potential.
The code share will complement Qantas’ direct services between Sydney and Johannesburg, which will be increased to a daily frequency this week.
“Qantas looks forward to partnering with Kenya Airways in strengthening travel, cultural and business links between Kenya and Australia,” notes Mr. Gurney.
Code share services between Qantas and Kenya Airways are on sale now for travel from 15 November 2010*.
This article was originally posted on East Africa Business Communities