Saturday, February 23, 2008

Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways will be reducing its capacity to Mumbai, India for the upcoming summer peak season. Currently, 3 weekly B 772ERs + 4 weekly B 763ERs are flown nonstop from NBO to BOM. However from July 1st 08, the service will become a daily Boeing 767-300ER operation.

In addition, KQ has announced that it will be increasing its flights to Far East Asia from July 2008. The main highlights are as follows :

CAN - increased from 4 to 6 weekly B 763ER flights i.e. 4 via DXB and 2 via BKK. KQ can carry 5th freedom traffic from DXB & BKK to Guangzhou (CAN).

HKG - increased from 3 to 4 weekly B 763ERs flights all flown via BKK with 5th freedom traffic rights.BKK - increased from 3 to 6 weekly B 763ERs all flown nonstop from NBO.

Analysis :

It seems evident that KQ and ET are making good money with their CAN bound flights which is not surprising at all as this city has more "direct trade" with Eastern/Southern Africa than any other region in China! Since they offer a vastly superior business class product compared to CZ on the popular DXB-CAN route, their J class loads on this route might also be bringing in good yield. Overall, its very pleasing to see KQ taking the initiative at expanding in the Far East as the demand for Africa-Far East Asia travel is growing rapidly year by year due various large scale investments made by Chinese and Japanese state enterprises in different African states.

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