Kenya Airways is the flag-carrier of the Republic of Kenya and operates a network of services throughout Africa and to Europe and the Indian subcontinent.
Established as the national flag carrier following the 1977 break up of the East African Community, comprising Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda, and the subsequent disbanding of the East African Airways Corporation (EAAC).
| Operating revenue (million)
||1,066 USD (2010)
| Passengers (million)
||37 aircraft (21 on order)
| AB 2010 financial ranking
| AB 2010 traffic ranking
In December 1995, and after approaching 154 airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines became a strategic partner.
Privatised in March 1996, with 34% of the shares being sold to the public and KLM acquiring a 26% shareholding.
A route feeding into the KLM network at Amsterdam Schiphol was added in 1997.
Created a regional subsidiary, Kenya Flamingo Airways in 2000, to operate short range services from Nairobi with Saab 340 turboprops.
Took delivery of the first three Boeing 767-300EREMs in 2001, as well as the first Boeing Next Generation 737.
Acquired a 49% shareholding in Tanzanian carrier Precision Air in 2003.
Reabsorbed subsidiary, Kenya Flamingo Airways, in July 2004, which continued operating short-range services as a Kenya Airways franchisee.
In October 2005 Kenya Airways Became the first sub-Saharan carrier to pass the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).
Greatly expanded the route network during 2005, with new destinations including Bamako, Dakar, Istanbul and Lubumbashi.
Became a full member of the SkyTeam alliance in June 2010, after being an associate member since September 2004.
On 30 August 2011, a major contract with Embraer was ratified for up to 26 E-190 regional jets.