8 November 2012

Kenya: KQ Expands SE Asia Footprint With New Pact

Nairobi — Kenya Airways has entered into a code share agreement with Vietnam Airlines as it works towards expanding its footprint in the South East Asian market.

The agreement provides a framework for partnership between the two airlines that will see them market and sell one another's flights as if they were their own.

The two airlines, which are both members of the Sky Team alliance, have signed an agreement and are currently activating a reciprocal code share agreement, which will allow Kenya Airways passengers to travel via Bangkok on to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam and vice versa daily.

Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni said the partnership would enable its customers to access more destinations in Asia, while also giving an opportunity to Vietnamese passengers to access the 47 destinations flown by KQ in Africa.

The agreement with the two airlines follows a similar deal signed earlier this year with Saudi Airlines and Korean Air.

Kenya Airways has signed 17 code share with other international carriers so far.

Besides giving passengers a wider choice of options for travel, the code share agreements also provide an opportunity for the airline to expand its global operations without necessarily flying its aircraft to all the destinations.

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