Kenya Airways and its South African compatriot teamed up in November last year to sign a strategic partnership that would enable the two companies to combine under the roof of a common holding company, signaling a move toward post-pandemic Pan-African airline consolidation.
The two airlines will still, retain their respective brands and talent under this partnership expected to launch in 2023.
The respective chief executives of the two national carriers see the chance to unlock the potential of greater air connectivity within Africa as they focus on achieving synergies that ensure lower costs and route expansion, under the holding firm, the companies have noted without providing details.
As the airline chiefs work on developing plans for a pan-African operation, the unanswered question is, when will African aviation bypass the stage of a continent with “huge potential?”
Answering a question about the partnership plans at the recent IATA AGM in Doha, Kenya Airways chief executive Allan Kilavuka said, “This is my pet subject and it is my pet subject because I truly believe it is going to be a game-changer in the African aviation space,” the KQ boss said reports Flight Global.
”How do you grow from 2% to closer to 16%? You do that by making the airlines more viable. And how do you make them more viable? You make them scalable, and that is why we are talking to South Africans, and quite frankly, others as well.”