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Kenya Airways welcomes conciliator in labor talks

Kenya Airways welcomes conciliator in labor talks ( NAIROBI, Kenya - Kenya Airways (KQ) is assuring KQ passengers of uninterrupted service as the airline goes into immediate talks with the Aviation & Allied Workers Union (AAWU) Kenya. Chief industrial relations officer at the Ministry of Labor and Human Resource Development, Mrs. Alice Tabu, has appointed Mr. S.M. Mbae to arbitrate between the two parties. Mr. Mbae in turn has convened a conciliation meeting for October 13, 2010 to bring management and union to the table.

Kenya Airways CEO, Dr. Titus Naikuni, has stressed to passengers, investors, and the general public that the airline will continue to function as scheduled. According to Dr. Naikuni, “98 flights are all scheduled to operate tomorrow, and we have no reason to cancel any flight due to staff strike, which has now been declared illegal by the Industrial Court.”

The airline welcomes the appointment of Mr. Mbae, as well as a move by the secretary general of Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU), requesting that its affiliate union call off the strike and return to the negotiating table for further talks. Dr. Naikuni has reaffirmed the airline’s commitment to dialogue, negotiation, and to strictly following established dispute resolution procedures. “We have diligently adhered to the process and agreements that we have signed with the union, and there is no time that we have acted in breach of this process,” stated Dr. Naikuni.


Kenya Airways (KQ), “The Pride of Africa,” operates the largest and most modern fleet in Africa and is the state and flag carrier for the Republic of Kenya. It currently consists of 29 aircraft and operates scheduled service to 50 destinations in Africa, Europe, Middle East, and Far East. The in-flight service is renowned featuring flat bed Business Class cabin seats on the wide-bodied aircraft (Boeing 777-200ER). Kenya Airways is consistently voted among the top ten airlines in the world and recently scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (AI) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the “Business Airline of the Year.” In order to meet the airline’s primary goal to be the “carrier of choice to Africa,” Kenya Airways has established strategic alliances with SkyTeam partners and interline agreements with United Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, and Air Canada. These relationships ensure seamless and convenient connections from all over North America to Nairobi, Kenya, and points beyond throughout Africa.


The Kenya Airways fleet is composed of four Boeing 777-200ERs, six Boeing 767-300ERs, five Boeing 737-800s, four Boeing 737-700s, five Boeing 737-300s, and five Embraer E17LRs - 29 aircraft in total.


Kenya Airways is based in Nairobi, Keny,a and operates scheduled service to:

AFRICA: Abidjan, Accra, Addis Ababa, Antananarivo, Bamako, Bangui, Brazzaville, Bujumbura, Cairo, Cotonou, Dakar, Dar-es-Salaam, Djibouti, Douala, Dzaoudzi, Entebbe, Freetown, Gaborone, Harare, Johannesburg, Khartoum, Kigali, Kilimanjaro, Kinshasa, Lagos, Libreville, Lilongwe, Lubumbashi, Lusaka, Luanda, Mahe, Malabo, Monrovia, Moroni, Ndola, Yaoundé, Zanzibar

FAR EAST, ASIA, MIDDLE EAST: Bangkok, Dubai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Mumbai, Muscat

EUROPE: Amsterdam, Paris, London, Rome (from December 2010)

DOMESTIC: Kisumu, Mombasa, Nairobi (HUB)

Ms. Kirti Surendran
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Phone: 212.279.5394

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