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Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways
Airline
AirlineKenya Airways
IATAKQ
ICAOKQA
CallsignKENYA
FoundedJanuary 22, 1977(39 years ago)
Commenced operationsFebruary 4, 1977
Airline hub 
Focus cities 
Frequent-flyer programFlying Blue
Member lounge 
AllianceSkyTeam
SubsidiariesPrecision Air (49%)
Fleet size33 (+22 orders)
Destinations55
Company sloganThe Pride of Africa
HeadquartersEmbakasi, Nairobi, Kenya
Key people{{Collapsible list
Revenue(+) KES 85,836 million (Year ended March 2011)
Operating income(+) KES 5,815 million (Year ended March 2011)
Net income(+) KES 3,538 million (Year ended March 2011)
Total assets(+) KES 78,743 million (Year ended March 2011)

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Kenya Airways Ltd., more commonly known as Kenya Airways, is the flag carrier and largest airline of Kenya. The company was founded in 1977, after the dissolution of East African Airways. The carrier's head office is located in Embakasi, Nairobi, with its main base at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. Kenya Airways operates under the IATA airline code KQ and the ICAO airline code KQA, while its callsign is KENYA.

The airline was wholly owned by the Government of Kenya until April 1995, and it was privatised in 1996, becoming the first African flag carrier in successfully doing so. Kenya Airways is currently a public-private partnership. The largest shareholder is KLM (26%), followed by the Government of Kenya, which has a 23% stake in the company. The rest of the shares are held by private owners; shares are traded in the Nairobi Stock Exchange, the Dar-es-Salaam Stock Exchange, and the Ugandan Securities Exchange. Tanzanian carrier Precision Air is a subsidiary of Kenya Airways; it is 49%-owned by the Kenyan airline.

Kenya Airways is widely considered as one of the leading Sub-Saharan operators. The carrier became a full member of SkyTeam in June 2010, and is also a member of the African Airlines Association since 1977.


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