Kenya airline seeks code-share deal with Emirates


Kenya Airways would consider a code-sharing arrangement with Emirates, particularly on trunk routes out of Dubai, the airline's new group managing director and CEO, Brian Presbury, has said.

Presbury was on a visit to the region after having formally taken the helm in June.

He said that he was "very encouraged" by Dubai's liberal policies with no barriers to increasing Kenya Airlines frequencies during his talks with Dubai Civil Aviation president and Emirates chairman, Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The daily Dubai service is an important operation for Kenya Airways, having witnessed a 25 per cent growth in business, he said.

With new aircraft acquisitions in the pipeline, Presbury felt cargo flows from the region may also present a major growth opportunity.

He also said the airline had started operations to Oman and Jeddah and was looking at Abu Dhabi. At a later stage it might consider a destination north of the Gulf, possibly Beirut."