As from March 25th 2018, the world’s third largest airline in terms of countries served, Air France, joined the KLM Royal Dutch Airlines – Kenya Airways joint venture which has been in existence since 1995 between the Skyteam partners, further consolidating Air France-KLM group’s capacity within the East Africa region.
Air France, KLM and Kenya Airways’ customers will now be able to reserve flights operated on a code-share basis by one of the three airlines on round-trip services between the Charles de Gaulle International Airport in Paris and the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi, as well as the route between Kenya’s capital and Schiphol International Airport in Amsterdam.
As a whole, the group will offer customers not less than 24 daily flights connecting the three global cities as follows:
- 3 flights operated by Air France between Paris – Charles de Gaulle and Nairobi – JKIA
- 14 weekly flights operated by Kenya Airways including 7 Paris – Charles de Gaulle to Nairobi – JKIA flights and 7 other Amsterdam – Schiphol to Nairobi – JKIA frequencies
- 7 weekly flights operated by KLM between Amsterdam – Schiphol and Nairobi – JKIA
With this new agreement, customers will benefit from a streamlined travel experience between Europe and East Africa through the three hubs and improved connections to 26 destinations beyond Nairobi, which includes to Bangui (Central African Republic), Blantyre (Malawi), Bujumbura (Burundi), Djibouti (Republic of Djibouti), Dzaoudzi (France), Entebbe (Uganda), Harare (Zimbabwe), Juba (South Sudan), Khartoum (Sudan), Kigali (Rwanda), Lubumbashi (Democratic Republic of Congo), Mombasa (Kenya), Moroni (Comoros), Nampula (Mozambique), Ndola (Zambia), Seychelles (Seychelles), Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and Zanzibar (Tanzania).
As a result of the code-share, Air France will operate a Boeing 787, equipped with the latest long haul travel cabins, on the Paris – Nairobi route, with 3 weekly flights at 8.50pm local on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Flights will depart the JKIA on Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays at 8.20am local time, to arrive in Paris at 3.50pm local time.