Kenya Airways signs aircraft lease, codeshare partnership with Congo Airways

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Kenya Airways Boeing 777-300(ER) landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands. Kenya Airways connects Amsterdam to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Kenya. Kenya Airways is part of SkyTeam aviation alliance. /Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto /Getty Images

Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways on Monday signed an aircraft lease agreement and began operating a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways.

Allan Kilavuka, CEO of Kenya Airways, said that the partnership strengthens collaboration and bolsters aviation ties between Kenya and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, actualizing the memorandum of understanding between Kenya Airways and Congo Airways signed in April.

FILE PHOTO: A Kenya Airways Boeing 777-300(ER) landing at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport in The Netherlands. /Getty Images

“The agreement will see Kenya Airways lease two Embraer E190 jets to Congo Airways, boosting domestic operations and flight frequencies in the Democratic Republic of the Congo,” Kilavuka said.

He observed that the partnership is the first of many steps in actualizing pan-Africanism by creating a model for cooperation between two African airlines, which will contribute to Africa’s socio-economic development.

Kenya Airways also announced that it has commenced direct cargo flights from Johannesburg in South Africa to Lubumbashi in DR Congo.

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