Kenya’s National Carrier, Kenya Airways (KQ) has today announced the addition of a Boeing 737-800 Freighter aircraft to expand its cargo capacity as part of its diversification strategy.
The introduction of the freighter is in response to the growing demand and need for increased cargo capacity within the region.
The announcement was made by Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, Allan Kilavuka at the Global Logistics Conference taking place this week at The Safari Park Hotel.
“As Africa continues to unravel the trade opportunities available within the continent, there is consensus that there is a need to invest in sustainable freight systems that will enable us to reach our full potential for socio-economic development,” commented Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways CEO and Group Managing Director.
“One of these is the need for a well-developed and capable air cargo system to support trade.
“With the addition of this freighter, KQ will now offer increased cargo capacity to existing routes as well as new cargo destinations and we encourage the market to take advantage of the new provision to maximize on the trade opportunities and potential for the region.”
KQ Cargo will deploy the freighter to the following routes: Sharjah and Dubai World Central in the United Arab Emirates, Jeddah, and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Dakar in Senegal, Lagos in Nigeria, Ndjamena in Chad, Mogadishu in Somalia, Mumbai in India, Free Town in Sierra Leone, Monrovia in Liberia among many other destinations.
The new aircraft offers 20 tons of cargo capacity with a range of up to 7 hours and joins the current KQ Cargo freighter fleet of two (2) Boeing 737-300 Freighters.