Kenya Airways Cargo has resumed direct
freighter service between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), Nairobi
and New Delhi with a weekly operation using its recently repurposed B787F.
The first uplift
of 33 tonnes from New Delhi included pharma, medical equipment, machinery and
spare parts, time-critical shipments, general merchandise, etc, revealed KQ
Cargo's spokesperson to Logistics Update Africa.
In October 2020,
the carrier appointed Rainbow Aviation as its cargo general sales agent (GSA)
increasing the frequency in future, the spokesperson told Logistics Update
Africa, "Indo-Africa has always been a strong business trade lane for
Kenya. KQ is definitely inclined to increase the frequency in this market and
provide solutions to customers seeking services for Africa."
Aircraft is equipped to strongly cater to the Covid-19 vaccine
The aircraft is
equipped to strongly cater to the Covid-19 vaccine, and the carrier will cater
to the vaccine demands of Kenya and other regions in Africa.
The weekly service
will also serve to support Kenya's and intra-African export market and provide
a welcome lifeline to many local businesses reliant on overseas markets. Dick
Murianki Kenya Airways Cargo director, said, "KQ Cargo has rapidly scaled
up its cargo services in an effort to address the growing need for air cargo
across the continent and will be connecting the ever-increasing number of
international markets to help maintain and replenish essential supplies."
month, Kenya Airways has launched the first time ever cabin cargo repurposing
of a B787 Dreamliner into a preighter. The project is the collaboration between
Kenya Airways and Avianor.
The repurposed cabin certified to carry up to 16 tonnes of cargo
cabin has been certified to carry up to 16 tonnes of cargo, potentially enabling
the aircraft to reach its maximum payload while in cargo operation of 46
tonnes. The repurposing began in December 2020 and was completed in January
During the launch
of B787F on February 9, Allan Kilavuka, CEO and MD of Kenya Airways, said,
"KQ's purpose is to contribute to the sustainable development of Africa.
The preighter will enable us to bridge businesses & enhance connectivity.
Kenya will export more goods to our partners across the globe & stimulate
business for local suppliers."
of direct weekly cargo flights from Nairobi to New Delhi is an indication of
the integral part KQ plays in providing logistics solutions to our customers
based on our robust world-class handling infrastructure and strong network
footprint in Africa" said Murianki in the carrier's release.
At present, the
carrier operates weekly three B737 pax and twice-weekly B787F from Mumbai to