Kenya Airways has launched a cargo codeshare partnership with Congo Airways and signed an agreement to lease two Embraer E190 jets to Kinshasa-based airline.

The SkyTeam carrier says it has also launched cargo operations today between Johannesburg and Lubumbashi city in Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kenya Airways Cargo

Source: Kenya Airways

The partnership strengthens collaboration and bolsters aviation ties between Kenya and Congo, actualising the memorandum of understanding between the two African airlines signed in April, Kenya Airways notes.

Kenya Airways’ group managing director and chief executive Allan Kilavuka states: “Cargo has provided new opportunities in the face of the pandemic and we are keen to continue building our operations and leveraging partnerships.”

Kenya is seeking to leverage the Congo market by diversifying its export destinations, given the Covid 19 induced disruption, which has highlighted the need for deeper inter-regional trade, the Nairobi-based airline says.

Kenya Airways cargo interior

Source: Kenya Airways