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Kenya Airways Expands Fleet with Additional Boeing 737-800F

Kenya Airways has taken delivery of an additional Boeing 737-800 Freighter aircraft to expand its cargo capacity as part of its diversification strategy. 

The introduction of the freighter is in response to the growing demand and need for increased cargo capacity within the region. The announcement was made by Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and CEO, Allan Kilavuka at the Global Logistics Conference taking place this week at The Safari Park Hotel. 

KQ Cargo will deploy the freighter to the following routes: Sharjah and Dubai World Central in the United Arab Emirates, Jeddah, and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Dakar in Senegal, Lagos in Nigeria, Ndjamena in Chad, Mogadishu in Somalia, Mumbai in India, Free Town in Sierra Leone, Monrovia in Liberia among many other destinations.

The new aircraft offers 20 tons of cargo capacity with a range of up to 7 hours and joins the current KQ Cargo freighter fleet of two (2) Boeing 737-300 Freighters. 

According to the IATA Air Cargo Analysis report, August 2023, Global air cargo capacity registered 49.3 billion Available Cargo Tonne-Kilometers (ACTKs) in August where Industry ACTKs were 12.2% higher than the levels in August 2022 and 3.9% higher than 2019 levels.

In 2022 Kenya Airways uplifted 68,900 tons of cargo mainly fresh produce, textiles, electronics, spare parts, pharmaceutical products, and live animals.

Kenya Airways will add a second Boeing 737-800 Freighter in 2024 which will enter service in February 2024. The freighters will also capture opportunities emerging from The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to catalyze trade within the continent and out of the continent.


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