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First African Airline To Join Alliance

Kenya Airways joins Sky Team as full member

Wolfgang H. Thome, eTN  Jul 12, 2010

(eTN) After a period of associate membership in the world’s third largest airline alliance – Sky Team – Kenya Airways (KQ) has been accepted as a full member, making it the first African airline to join the KLM and Air France led global alliance group.

Benefits for Kenya Airways' faithful frequent fliers are expected to improve more with this step, one of the key factors by which – in particular – business travelers choose to fly with one airline as opposed to another carrier offering less benefits and perks on the same routes.

This was announced by the airline’s CEO Dr. Titus Naikuni recently when he also confirmed that Kenya Airways would be the first continental airline to sign up for the African Union’s (AU) "make peace happen" campaign. Kenya Airways will be supporting this initiative with logistical help and communications support to the AU headquarters, and it is hoped that more airlines from Africa will be joining this worthwhile cause, with early indication that KQ’s main regional rival, Ethiopian Airlines, may follow, too, with an announcement expected this week.

Kenya Airways joins Sky Team as full member
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