The pride of Kenya and Africa

Jun 19, 2005

The impressive growth and success of Kenya Airways in the tough international airline industry continues to justify its proud claim to be 'The Pride of Africa.' The very focused and well-run national carrier of Kenya once again was unhesitatingly named 'African Airline of the Year' at the recent Annual African Aviation Awards Ceremony in Mauritius organised by AFRICAN AVIATION Magazine

Indeed, Kenya Airways has the unique distinction of being named 'African Airline of the Year' more times than any other African carrier since the African Aviation Awards were introduced in 1999. To its credit, Kenya Airways won this Award in 1999, 2000, 2001, and, now, 2004. 

For many years, Kenya Airways was in a sorry state, plagued by Government interference, mismanagement, an old aircraft fleet, shoddy service and large debts. Pushed to the wall, the Government of Kenya finally decided to privatise its ailing airline rather than liquidate it. Spearheaded by its then Chairman, Philip Ndegwa, and subsequently Isaac Omolo Okero, and Chief Executive, Brian Davies, the privatisation of Kenya Airways in 1996 was without doubt one of the most successful in aviation history. Today, Kenya Airways is in the capable hands of Chairman Omolo Okero and Chief Executive Officer Titus Tikero Naikuni. 

This year, Kenya Airways plans to strengthen its market position by further modernising its fleet, introducing new destinations and carefully managing its finances. It has just taken delivery of its second new Boeing 777-200ER and a third will be joining the airline's fleet in time for this Summer's peak season. Frank-speaking CEO Titus Naikuni does not downplay the challenges ahead, particularly the reluctance of some African states to adopt the 'open skies' policy mandated by the Yamoussoukro Decision, which is now legally binding on African Union members. Nonetheless, Kenya Airways' admirable determination to succeed remains undiminished. 

 

– By Nick Fadugba
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