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KQ in pilots crisis as 55 flee to rivals in one year

Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz, chairman Michael Joseph and board advisor Mbuvi Ngunze during the airline’s EGM at KQ Pride Centre in Nairobi on August 7. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG
Kenya Airways chief executive officer Sebastian Mikosz, chairman Michael Joseph and board advisor Mbuvi Ngunze during the airline’s EGM at KQ Pride Centre in Nairobi on August 7. PHOTO | SALATON NJAU | NMG 

Kenya Airways (KQ) #ticker:KQ lost a record 55 pilots last year, raising to nearly 100 the number of pilots who have exited the struggling national carrier in two years.

The exits left the national carrier operating below the optimum number of pilots needed for smooth flight operations, KQ says in its latest annual report.

The national carrier had 434 pilots on its books at the end of March this year, 10 below the required number.

This risks creating disruptions in flights given that a number of pilots are certified to fly only certain models of aircraft, exposing the carrier to manpower shortages when they go off duty.

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