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Kenya Airways and South African Airways Set to Launch New Era of African Airline Industry

Kenya Airways and South African Airways Set to Launch New Era of African Airline Industry

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Kenya Airways and South African Airways Set to Launch New Era of African Airline Industry

In 2021, Kenya Airways and South African Airways announced their plans to form a new Pan-African Airline Group that will increase connectivity and offer affordable fares.

Now, in 2023, the two airlines are moving forward with their partnership, with the second phase set to be completed in 2024.

Kenya Airways and South African Airways
Former President Uhuru Kenyatta(Left) and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (Right) | PHOTO FILE

The Pan-African Airline Group aims to build a stronger airline network across the African continent, with better connectivity, lower fares and expanded operations in multiple sectors.

As part of their collaboration, the two airlines have been sharing resources and expertise. This has included the sharing of technical and operational knowledge, as well as collaborative marketing and sales efforts.

In the first phase of the partnership, which began in 2021, the two airlines focused on codeshare agreements and joint ticket sales. This move saw customers being able to book flights with either airline and enjoy a seamless travel experience across Africa.

Now, in the 2nd phase of the partnership, the airline companies are working towards a more integrated network. This will encompass closer collaboration in areas such as route planning, scheduling, and operations.

The goal is to build a more efficient and cost-effective airline network that can better serve African customers.

The Pan-African Airline Group will also capitalize on expanding its network to new destinations. And this will include exploring opportunities to launch new routes and add more destinations to the airline network.

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