KENYA – Kenya’s National Carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ) has signed a codeshare agreement with Air Europa, the third-largest Spanish carrier, to extend its reach in Europe and the United States of America.
The new agreement will allow Air Europa passengers to fly to Nairobi from Amsterdam as well as allow Kenya Airways guests to fly to Madrid, Palma de Mallorca, New York, and Miami.
The agreement has significantly expanded customers’ travel options by providing access and convenience as guests will enjoy benefits such as the purchase of a single ticket, a single check-in, and connections with minimum waiting times, among others.
Kenya Airways will deploy its codes on four Air Europa routes, specifically from Amsterdam to Madrid, Madrid to Palma de Mallorca, Madrid to New York, and Miami while Air Europa will place their code on the Kenya Airways Amsterdam to Nairobi flight.
“We are excited about this partnership as it will provide our guests with more convenient travel options to Europe and the United States. Air Europa has been our partner under the SkyTeam Alliance, and this agreement allows us to collaborate more for the mutual benefit of our guests giving them more access and connectivity,” said Martin Gitonga, Kenya Airways Head of Network Planning and Alliances.
This agreement reflects the growth of Kenya Airways partnership strategy, which was largely restored in 2022.
“We are very pleased with the partnership we have signed with Kenya Airways. In addition to working with one of the most established and prestigious airlines in Africa, this alliance allows us to significantly expand our reach in a region with growing demand, which will certainly be of great benefit to our customers,” said Estelle Leray, Air Europa’s Director of Alliances.
Kenya Airways takes pride in being at the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its Nairobi hub and is committed to exploring strategic partnerships and agreements that provide its guests with convenience, choice, and access to destinations across the world.
Code-sharing is an agreement between two or more airlines to sell seats for the same flight which means that passengers enjoy benefits such as the purchase of a single ticket, a single check-in, and seamless connections at transit points.
The code-sharing agreement with Air Europa joins a growing list of similar pacts signed between KQ and international airlines.
Kenya Airways and Air Europa have been SkyTeam partners for nearly 17 years, joining the alliance on September 4, 2007. KQ remains the only African carrier in the alliance.
With their expanded partnership, Air Europa is set to expand its footprint in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently, it only serves two African destinations with its own aircraft – Marrakesh (RAK) and Tunis (TUN).
Flying since 1986, Air Europa is a Spanish airline and a member of the SkyTeam alliance. The company’s fleet of 50 aircraft is one of the most modern and sustainable in the industry, consisting of Boeing 787 Dreamliner and Boeing 737 aircrafts that guarantee maximum efficiency and comfort for its passengers.
Air Europa flies to more than 55 destinations around the world and has a strategic position in the Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport hub, connecting Europe and America.
The company stands out for its firm commitment to sustainability and decarbonization, as well as for its commitment to innovation through the implementation of the most advanced technologies for the digitalization and optimization of its processes. In addition, Air Europa offers a high level of excellence to its passengers and is regularly ranked among the most punctual airlines in Europe.
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