The national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Etihad Airways has signed a strategic partnership with Kenya Airways, expanding its network in Africa significantly.
Etihad will place its EY code on Kenya Airways flights from Nairobi to 27 destinations in Africa, while Kenya’s flag carrier will have its KQ code on Etihad’s daily service between Nairobi and Abu Dhabi and, subject to government approval, 32 other cities in Etihad’s global network.
To complement the cooperation, Kenya Airways will launch a tree-times-weekly Nairobi–Abu Dhabi service this summer.
“The partnership agreement with Kenya Airways is in line with our strategy of forming alliances with airlines around the world to enhance our network and marketing reach,” said James Hogan, Etihad's president and chief executive.
The Middle East is an important transit hub connecting the growing economies of Africa with the rest of the world.
“Over the last five years we have more than doubled our services to Africa, reflecting the increasing importance of the continent. During the same period we have flown nearly three million passengers between Africa and the UAE, and key destinations across our network,” Hogan continued.