China Southern Airlines on August 5, 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Airways. The airline made its inaugural flight from Guangzhou to Nairobi on Wednesday morning at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.The flight was welcomed by the Principal Secretary, Eng.John Mosonik, Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Nguze and Kenya Airport’s Authority Managing Director Yatich Kagunga.
“We welcome the China Southern Airline’s entry into Kenya as it is complementary to our presence on the route as we have a code-share agreement in place. KQ customers will now be able to connect to other destinations in China and Asia given China Sothern’s extensive presence in those markets,” said the Kenya Airways Chief Executive Officer Mbuvi Nguze.The Southern airline will have a frequency of three flights a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Both airlines will provide 20 flights per week making it more convenient for passengers on transit to and from other African countries to China.
KQ and China Southern Airlines signed a code shared agreement in 2009 and provided a framework for partnership between KQ and China Southern Airlines that saw them market and sell one another flights as if they were their own on the Nairobi- Dubai -Guangzhou route. The agreement also expanded services from Bangkok to Wuhan, one of the busiest cities in Central China that is an important center for trade, finance and transportation.
As part of the expanded scope, KQ passengers also get seamless access to Sydney, Melbourne and Perth through China Southern Airlines flights from Guangzhou China, providing another valuable benefit to its customers. In return, China Southern Airlines code-share on KQ flights from Guangzhou to Nairobi, and onwards to Lagos, Johannesburg and Lusaka.China Southern Airlines Chairman, Si Xianmin said, “China and Africa have a time honoured history of friendly relation and close ties and both sides have achieved remarkable results in cooperation of all fields. We are happy to open our second direct air route to Africa.”
China anticipates sustained growth in traffic to and from Asia owing to Kenya’s Strategic position on the continent with Nairobi already entrenched as a major commercial and transportation hub.China Southern Airline is the largest airline in the people’s republic of China with the largest fleet, most developed route network, and largest number of passengers carried.