The Star (Nairobi)

28 January 2013

Kenya Airways Marks 36 Years

National airline carrier Kenya Airways is now 36. The airline launched its first flight in February 1977 following the breakup of the East African Community and disbanding of East African Airways.

KQ started with only six aircrafts when it was launched by the Kenyan Government, four were inherited from the collapsed regional airline and two were leased. Today the airline flies 58 destinations across the world and operates a fleet of 41 aircrafts.

The 36th anniversary comes when the airline is in the process of implementing its 10 year growth plan 'Project Mawingu' that aims at increasing its fleet to 119 aircrafts from 35, besides increasing its destinations to 115 routes by the end of 2021.

Loyal customers stand a chance to win a state of the art Range Rover as KQ lines up a series of activities and events.

Notable at the event were the first ever pilots to fly the KQ's maiden flight namely Captain Stanley Mwangi and Captain Geoffrey Muiruri who flew the DC9 aircraft.

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