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KQ, Delta Airlines expand America codeshare deal

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A Kenya Airways aircraft at JKIA. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • The national carrier has expanded its codeshare partnership with Delta Airlines as the carrier prepares to resume New York flights later this month.
  • Kenya Airways and the US-based carrier have expanded their current codeshare to three more points in America.

The national carrier has expanded its codeshare partnership with Delta Airlines as the carrier prepares to resume New York flights later this month.

Kenya Airways and the US-based carrier have expanded their current codeshare to three more points in America.

The partnership will see KQ expand its current network in North America, offering customers flying into Dallas, Washington DC and San Francisco a one-stop travel option via New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport.

“The one-stop service via New York into North America is critical, especially in the current environment as Kenya Airways continues to focus on offering safe travel by reducing the amount of connections needed by passengers connecting to and from Africa,” said KQ in a statement.

In addition to the three destinations, KQ is currently connecting guests to Columbus, Phoenix, Charlotte, Denver, Orlando, Houston, Miami, Chicago, Raleigh Durham, Montreal and Toronto, among other destinations in North America through the codeshare arrangement with Delta.

Delta and Kenya Airways are both members of the SkyTeam alliance. Frequent Flyers will, therefore, earn and redeem miles on both airlines, while Elite Plus travellers benefit from SkyPriority services.

KQ had announced that it would resume direct flights to New-York from Nairobi on October 29 with a slimmed-down operation of two weekly flights after a six-month freeze due to Covid-19 restrictions.

The carrier will initially operate flights on Wednesdays and Sundays, down from a frequency of five before the global corona outbreak that forced it to ground flights.

KQ suspended international flights in March following a surge in cases of Covid-19 that saw countries across the world close their airspace for passenger aircraft.

International flights resumed on August 1 with KQ slashing the routes that it used to fly before the pandemic by nearly half as demand remains low.