Kenya Airways will become the first and only airline to link Vietnam directly to Africa with flights from Nairobi to Hanoi commencing 30 March 2015.
The airline will fly three times weekly to Hanoi in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will provide strong connections to the key markets in Africa.
Hanoi is home to over 7 million people (a 2013 estimate) and is growing rapidly. In fact, PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated in 2013 that Hanoi would be the fastest growing city in the world in terms of GDP growth from 2008 to 2025. Hanoi has a nominal GDP of USD 21.5 Billion and per capita GDP of USD 3000.
To support and enhance this operation Kenya Airways will work closely with Skyteam partner Vietnam Airlines, whose hub is Hanoi, in order to provide further travel options into Japan, Malaysia, Korea and China.
Kenya Airways’ Group Managing Director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze commented:
“Vietnam has shown a considerable and stable economic growth over the recent years, including an increase in trade with Africa. As the first airline to directly connect Vietnam to Africa, we are sure to leverage on this growth. Together with our SkyTeam partner Vietnam Airlines, we are very confident the addition of Hanoi to our network will be a success”
In the last year, Kenya Airways has deployed its new fleet of six B787 Dreamliner aircraft for commercial service, predominantly on routes to Asia and Europe. Most recently, the Dreamliner took its inaugural flight to London, one of KQ’s most prominent routes. Three more Dreamliners are scheduled to arrive in 2015.
With the introduction of the B787 Dreamliner, new routes and cities are now much more economical from Nairobi, hence paving the way for Hanoi as an additional destination.
The airline, which currently has the youngest fleet in Africa also received three 777-300ER and 3 next generation B737-800 during the last year.
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About Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 51 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 41 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Most recently it has scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. For more information, please visit www.kenya-airways.com