The deal paves way for daily connections between the airlines’ Nairobi and Windhoek hubs through Johannesburg in South Africa and Lusaka in Zambia.
Under the code-share agreement, Kenya Airways will place its ‘KQ’ code on Air Namibia flights from Johannesburg and Lusaka to Windhoek. In turn, Air Namibia will place its ‘SW’ code on Kenya Airways flights from Lusaka and Johannesburg to Nairobi.
Kenya Airways Chief Operating Officer, Mbuvi Ngunze hailed this new partnership as a huge boost to improving connectivity within Africa.
“We are excited about this partnership. By facilitating convenient travel for our passengers, this code-share agreement will enable us to make a contribution towards spurring sustainable development in Africa,” Ngunze said.
He said African airlines need to realize that smart partnerships are the way forward, and the key to sustainability and survival
“The industry we operate in is highly competitive and dynamic, only smart and efficient airlines will survive, gone are the days of – I can do it alone,” he said.
This code-share agreement with Air Namibia brings the number of code-share arrangements that Kenya Airways has signed with other international carriers to 20.
Namibia is one of the most stable democracies and economies in Africa with a GDP per capita of Sh680, 000.
It currently benefits from large investment projects in its mining industry, a key driver in the country’s economy.
The new code-share services between Air Namibia and Kenya Airways went on sale on the June 20, 2013.