Wednesday, December 26, 2012

► RWANDA: RwandAir, Kenya Airways to enter into strategic partnership.

RwandAirKenya AirwaysKenya Airways (KQ) and Rwandan national carrier, RwandAir (WB), are on the cusp of the of forming a strategic partnership with aims of fostering stronger relations in the areas of cargo, maintenance and flight training between the two airlines. 

Kenya Airways Embraer E190
Kenya Airways Embraer E190 (KenyaAirways)
Kenya Airways currently offers 4 flights per day between Kigali and Nairobi with RwandAir operating to Nairobi 3 times daily, with added flights to Mombasa from its base in Kigali. The combined flights will offer more choice to passengers and better connectivity at the Nairobi hub.

Kenya Airways' Chief Executive Officer, Titus Naikuni stated: 
In line with our strategy to exploit the untapped economic potential of the African continent, this partnership with RwandAir allows us, together with our colleagues in African aviation, to further strengthen and enhance our services and network.
RwandAir Chairman, Girma Wake commented: 
We’re pleased to have agreed to this cooperation intent with Kenya Airways. We can now offer more choice for passengers who wish to travel to Rwanda where tourism, trade and investment are on the rise. It is important that we provide the right infrastructure together with partner airlines.
Source [aviator.aero]

The collaboration promises to also strengthen in the areas of cargo, maintenance and flight training with Rwandair already making use of Kenya Airways' brand new flight simulators. Benefits for the consumer will initially be felt through improved scheduling and passenger handling with further refinement of reservation systems, as well as a frequent flyer partnership between the two companies, to come in the long run.

The finer details of this strategic cooperation will be mapped out in various agreements which the airlines are currently reviewing for finalisation.