This month’s cover interview for Airline Business was Titus Naikuni – Kenya Airways’ long-serving chief executive. Now nine years into the job, this marks the second time he’s been on the cover of Airline Business (you can read our cover interview with him from December 2005 here).
In a wide-ranging interview at the carrier’s Nairobi headquarters, Naikuni talked about the growth opportunities for the airline – notably within Africa and longer-haul towards Asia. It comes as the airline is embarking on a major expansion - this could see Kenya Airways nearly double passenger numbers to 6 million over the next five years and take delivery of its first (and much awaited) Boeing 787 at the turn of 2013/14.
Read more on this, plus Naikuni’s take on the challenge of Africa’s stalled aviation liberalistion and the carrier’s plan to develop its cargo and regional businesses in the FULL INTERVIEW HERE, together with photos and data about the airline.
It was a bit a cloudy day when we were in Nairobi, but the sun finally appeared in time for the photoshoot and the great pictures from our friends at Billypix gave us something of a nice headache for which picture to use on the cover. We love the striking image we ultimately went for, but it was a close run thing between that and this equally good shot below (only finally decided a couple of hours before we went to print!!!)