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Cargo freight can lift KQ

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A KQ Dreamliner aircraft. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • The regulatory approval of Kenya Airways’ plan to convert its Boeing 787 Dreamliner for cargo use gives it an opportunity to cash in on high demand for flowers in Europe during Valentine’s Day.
  • At the same time, it allows KQ to increase by over 40 tonnes its available capacity, offering a major boost for horticulture produce and meat products exporters.

The regulatory approval of Kenya Airways’ plan to convert its Boeing 787 Dreamliner for cargo use gives it an opportunity to cash in on high demand for flowers in Europe during Valentine’s Day.

At the same time, it allows KQ to increase by over 40 tonnes its available capacity, offering a major boost for horticulture produce and meat products exporters.

The ailing airline said it plans to use its Boeing 787 aircraft for long haul cargo services between Africa and other continents and also carry high volumes. This will not only offer it a lifeline to make money from cargo transport but also put idle aircraft to productive use.

But, with stiff competition from Astral and Ethiopian Airlines, KQ needs to woo exporters with good deals that also benefit farmers whose produce would go bad on account of inability to freight it.

With passenger numbers at an all-time low, cargo remains the only business in aviation that was not hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic across the world.

Kenyan airports experienced a modest eight percent decrease in cargo volumes in 2020.