The Star (Nairobi)

11 December 2012

Kenya Airways Finds New Partner in Eastern China

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Kenya airline.

KENYA Airways is seeking to strengthen its network in the Far East through partnering with China Eastern Airlines for flights to Shanghai.

Under the new code share agreement, China airlines will sell and market KQ flights in Shanghai and the national carrier will reciprocate for the Asian carrier in Kenya.

KQ said it will code share on daily services between Bangkok and Shanghai and on the other hand China Eastern Airlines will code share on daily Kenya Airways service between Bangkok and Nairobi.

"Kenya Airways seeks to strengthen its presence in China by offering better connection options to its passengers from Africa and our association with China Eastern Airlines gives us an opportunity to offer our customers a seamless connection to and from China,"said KQ chief executive Titus Naikuni in a statement.

China is a destination that is popular with business travellers. Also there are many Chinese businesses and nationals who live in Kenya thus making the asian country a lucrative route.

KQ already operates in China with flights to Guangzhou and also has a cargo service to that country. In April the airline had said it will increase destinations to China to boost its growth.

According to Kenya Tourism Board, the number of Chinese and in general Asian tourists has also been rising steadily over the last few months, propping up the travel and hospitality industry in the country.

Code share agreements help airlines to increase route network without having to commit equipment and many workers to support such expansion.

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