NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 1 – Kenya Airways (KQ) hopes to be a step closer to sealing the deal on direct flights to the United States through a partnership with US aviation auditing firm GHS Aviation.
KQ Head of Corporate Quality, Safety and Environment Alex Avedi said GHS will be able to offer the airline valuable consultancy in terms of safety and security that is necessary in getting clearance to fly to the US.
“The US government has other requirements over and above what you normally expect, especially if you want to go into a code-share with an American airline you need to be audited. GHS has a lot of experience in that area and knows the requirements should we choose to fly to the US,” he said.
Avedi says the airline is on course with the process, with issues still to be discussed on the governmental levels.
GHS has chosen Nairobi to establish its first regional office in Africa, and will be the first accredited aviation consulting, auditing and training firm offering services in the region.
GHS President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) George Snyder said the growing demand for the firm’s services in Africa drove its decision to have a permanent presence in the region.
“There are opportunities for improvement within Africa, and while some parts of the world feel that potential for improvement is not very high, we feel differently,” he said.
KQ CEO Titus Naikuni said the move by GHS Aviation would benefit the airline by boosting its profile in safety standards.
“GHS and Kenya Airways partnership is set to bring into Africa the much needed professional standards that will be catalyst for safer African skies through tried and tested systems and products that have worked in many parts of the world,” he said.
Established in 2004, GHS Aviation has experience in consulting, auditing and training in Asia, Europe, Middle East, North and South America.