By Claire Wanja
Kenya Airways has renewed and expanded its codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines (VA) in a bid to meet the demand on this trade route and allow the national carrier to access more South East Asia destination.
The new agreement, which took effect this November, will see the codeshare cover routes on Bangkok (BKK) – Hanoi and Saigon (HAN/SGN), Nairobi (NBO) – Hanoi (HAN), and Hanoi (HAN) – Kuala Lumpur (KUL).
On NBO-HAN route, Vietnam airlines will place its codeshare flight numbers VN3186 and VN3187 on the KQ flights operating on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
On HAN – KUL route, KQ will place its codeshare flight numbers, KQ5659 and KQ5658 on Vietnam Airlines flights enabling connectivity to KUL three times a week on the NBO-HAN direct flights.
“The expansion of our codeshare with Vietnam Airlines is in line with our ongoing efforts to expand our network reach and to offer our customers reliable, convenient and more travel options,” said KQ CEO and MD Mbuvi Ngunze.
The agreement is expected to augment the operation of Kenya Airways flight to Guangzhou via Hanoi (KQ 870/1) and will target traders that mostly originate from the region.
Kenya Airways has had a codeshare agreement with Vietnam Airlines since August 1, 2012 and started to fly to Hanoi in March 2015.
The expanded codeshare with Vietnam airlines comes in the back of Kenya Airways signing a codeshare with India’s premier international airline, Jet Airways, to codeshare on domestic flights in order to enhance connectivity for passengers travelling from Kenya to domestic destinations in India.
The code share will be Mumbai (BOM) and New Delhi (DEL) to Ahmedabad (AMD) and Hyderabad (HYD).