- Kenya Airways Cargo launched a pair of Boeing 737-800 transformed freighters two months in the past to develop its cargo capability.
- Kenya Airways may also resume direct passenger flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu beginning fifteenth February 2024.
- KQ already operates the passenger model of the 737-800.
Kenya Airways Cargo (KQ Cargo) has expanded its route community to incorporate direct cargo flights between Sharjah within the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Mogadishu in Somalia.
The brand new route shall be served weekly, efficient 09th February 2024, and is anticipated to develop to 2 (2) weekly frequencies in April 2024. KQ Cargo has partnered with GSA World Cargo LLC, a worldwide cargo gross sales and repair agent based mostly out of UAE, because the cargo logistics associate to service the route.
KQ Cargo just lately elevated its freight capacities with the entry into service of a B737-800F, which provides an prolonged vary, connecting important cargo hubs and opening new alternatives for cargo providers to satisfy prospects’ calls for and an ever-evolving market.
In response to Kenya Airways Cargo Director Dick Murianki, the brand new route aligns with KQ’s revamped mission of propelling Africa’s prosperity by connecting its folks, cultures and markets and strengthening KQ Cargo’s place as Africa’s most well-liked cargo provider, providing distinctive community choices for patrons.
“We’re delighted to develop our world-class logistics service to underserved markets with a strong product, and we consider in having a direct service complemented by Dubai’s dealer, transit, humanitarian, and project-driven site visitors. The direct route between UAE and Somalia provides big demand for air freight transportation, notably high-tech shopper items, automotive elements, mission cargo, and clothes, that are essentially the most regularly flown items on the route. Kenya Airways has the experience within the area, and our B737-800F’s apt capability could be the perfect combine over the long run,” says Mr. Murianki.
Kenya Airways Cargo has witnessed important development in recent times, pushed by the rising demand for air freight providers globally.
The rise of e-commerce and the necessity for speedy and dependable transportation of products has propelled the cargo enterprise to new heights. Kenya Airways has capitalized on this pattern by increasing its cargo capability, investing in know-how, and forging strategic partnerships with main logistics suppliers.
On his half, the CEO of GSA World Cargo LLC, Mr. Kannan Nachiappan, mentioned that the direct connection between UAE and Somalia provides prospects extra capability, cuts transit instances and reduces prices.
“UAE, being a multimodal logistics hub, acts as a major gateway to Africa, and having a devoted KQ Cargo freighter to supply this service helps reduce transit instances and provide scheduled essential deck capability into a number of distant locations throughout the area. This service would cowl a market characterised by slim physique belly-only choices, prolonged transit instances, and costly charges,” says Mr. Nachiappan.
Kenya Airways may also resume direct passenger flights between Nairobi and Mogadishu beginning fifteenth February 2024.
Kenya Airways Cargo Development Plan
Kenya Airways Cargo launched a pair of Boeing 737-800 transformed freighters two months in the past to develop its cargo capability.
The flag provider says the freighters will contribute to its “diversification technique” and deal with a “rising demand” for cargo carriage within the area.
Kilavuka acknowledged that the provider will use the 737s on routes to Dubai World Central – the placement of the town’s Al Maktoum airport – and Sharjah, plus the Saudi Arabian cities of Riyadh and Jeddah.
He additionally recognized locations together with Mumbai and the African cities of Lagos, Dakar, N’Djamena, Mogadishu, Freetown and Monrovia.
Kenya Airways already operates the passenger model of the 737-800.
Kenya Airways cargo director Dick Murianki had advised Air Cargo Information of the provider’s plan so as to add the freighters earlier this 12 months.
Murianki mentioned the -800s have a greater vary and might attain additional within the area than the present freighters.
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He mentioned that after the 2 737-800Fs are in place, the provider would then look at long-haul freighters.
On the reasoning behind the freighter investments, Murianki mentioned that in the course of the Covid disaster, the airline had expanded its cargo operations utilizing its passenger plane.
“We developed a buyer base in the course of the Covid time that’s craving for extra, particularly to the Center East and India,” he mentioned.