Wednesday, August 8, 2012
KENYA Airways (KQ) chief executive officer Titus Naikuni is expected in Namibia this week to hold talks with Air Namibia and government officials on a possible partnership between the two airlines.
Speaking to The Namibian from Nairobi, Naikuni confirmed that KQ was interested in a partnership to benefit both airlines.
“Kenya has a long history with Namibia since pre-independence days and our airline has been very keen to continue this collaboration which will benefit both countries, especially in the tourism and trade sectors,” he said.
Naikuni is a member of a ‘dream team’ that the Kenyan government created in the late ‘90s to turn around a number of non-performing entities. He has been credited with rescuing Kenya Airways when he joined the carrier 10 years ago.
“Without the code share, the ticket fee would be diverted to other airlines as code sharing is selling by partners on behalf of each other,” he explained.
Air Namibia would also benefit from training at the state-of-the-art KQ Learning Centre in Nairobi.
Kenya’s High Commissioner to Namibia, Peter Gitau, said a partnership between the two airlines would help to improve trade and other partnerships between Kenya and Namibia.