Qatar Airways has marked its 15-year of operating direct flights between Nairobi and Doha, with a celebratory water cannon salute upon arrival at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO).
Qatar Airways currently operates double-daily flights between Nairobi and Doha serviced by its modern fuel-efficient Boeing 787 Dreamliner, featuring 22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy Class.
During the pandemic Qatar Airways helped repatriate over 1000 passengers from Kenya in a time where many airlines were grounding their aircraft, further demonstrating the airline’s commitment to the Kenyan market.
Qatar Airways Vice President Commercial Africa, Hendrik Du Preez, said over the past 15 years, Nairobi has demonstrated its importance as a business and leisure market becoming one of their most popular destinations with global travelers. “Famed for its safaris and energetic nightlife, Nairobi offers visitors a truly memorable and authentic experience. Residents of Kenya have also benefited from Qatar Airways’ globally connected network and partnerships with local carriers, making us the airline of choice during their travels”.
He added that the past 15 years have greatly benefitted the Kenyan trade and economy as the airline started offering belly-hold cargo capacity for imports and exports. A year later in 2006, Qatar Airways Cargo launched dedicated freighters, introducing significant freight capacity for Kenyan exports, especially perishables such as flowers, fruits, fish and vegetables which are transported mainly to Europe and Middle East.
Currently, the cargo carrier operates fourteen belly-hold flights and six freighters every week, offering more than 600 tons of combined cargo capacity each way.
By the end of 2020, Qatar Airways will operate to 19 destinations in Africa, including Accra, Addis Ababa, Cape Town, Casablanca, Dar es Salaam, Djibouti, Durban, Entebbe, Johannesburg, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Lagos, Luanda, Maputo, Mogadishu, Nairobi, Seychelles, Tunis and Zanzibar.
In celebration of more than 100 aircraft being fitted with Super Wi-Fi, the airline is currently offering all passengers free on-board Wi-Fi connectivity until 2nd January 2021.
Qatar Airways now offers the largest number of aircraft equipped with high-speed broadband connectivity in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.
The airline recently announced its voluntary carbon offer programme for passengers in partnership with IATA and ClimateCare. Passengers can opt in to Qatar Airways’ carbon offset programme when purchasing tickets through the Qatar Airways website and mobile application.
By the end of the IATA Winter Season, Qatar Airways’ plans to rebuild its network to 126 destinations including 20 in Africa, 11 in the Americas, 42 in Asia-Pacific, 38 in Europe and 15 in the Middle East. Many cities will be served with a strong schedule with daily or more frequencies.