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Delta Air Lines and fellow SkyTeam airline, Kenya Airways have announced that they will be expanding their codeshare agreement. Kenya Airways’ flights between Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) will now be included.
Delta will begin to sell tickets and the expanded partnership will offer customers more travel options within the US and Africa. This includes 31 additional single-connect destinations within Africa, plus another 57 across the US and Canada. Delta SkyMiles members and Kenya Airways’ Asante Rewards members will be able to earn miles on this additional codeshare.
Alain Bellemare, Delta’s President of International, said:
At a time when we are seeing unprecedented demand for travel between North America and Africa, expanding our strategic partnership with Kenya Airways offers our customers more travel options as well as supports our priority to deepen our presence across the African continent.”
Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways PLC CEO, added:
Kenya Airways prides itself in connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa. The expansion of the codeshare is historic as it not only allows KQ to expand its footprint in the U.S., providing seamless connectivity on a single ticket for those traveling for business, leisure or studies. It also offers seamless connectivity to those visiting Africa for similar reasons through JFK into KQ’s hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.”
Delta Air Lines flies nonstop to five African destinations including:
- Kotoka International Airport (ACC) in Accra, Ghana
- Blaise Diagne International Airport (DSS) in Dakar, Senegal
- Murtala Muhammed International Airport (LOS) in Lagos, Nigeria
- Cape Town International Airport (CPT) in Cape Town, South Africa
- O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) in Johannesburg, South Africa
Anthony’s Take: This isn’t a huge announcement as the two airlines were already partners in the SkyTeam alliance, but the codeshare will provide a more seamless travel experience for passengers with connections or those looking for quicker travel throughout Africa.
(Image Credits: Delta Air Lines, Kenya Airways.)
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