NAIROBI, March 20 (Xinhua) -- Kenya Airways said on Wednesday it will start of daily flights between Bangkok, Guangzhou and Nairobi next month, boosting the connections between Africa and China.
The daily flights which are scheduled to start on April 1, serviced by a Boeing 767 aircraft will depart from the airline's hub at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi at 23:35 local time daily, arriving in Bangkok at 13:15 local time.
Kenya Airways' CEO Dr Titus Naikuni said in a statement issued in Nairobi that the flight will then leave at 15:05 local time to proceed to Guangzhou at 19:00 local time, which is a major industrial and commercial hub in China. The return flight is through Bangkok as well.
"This daily service will contribute towards sustainable development in Africa by linking it to the rest of the world," Naikuni added.
In December 2012, Kenya Airways announced its expansion into China through code share agreement signed with China Eastern Airlines, a partnership that will boost the national carrier's expansion into the Far East.
The agreement provides a framework for China Eastern Airlines to market and sell Kenya Airways' flights from Shanghai and vice versa for Kenya Airways.
The national carrier hopes to strengthen its presence in China by offering better connection options to its passengers from Africa and its association with China Eastern Airlines gives it an opportunity to offer our customers a seamless connection to and from China.
Under the agreement between Kenya Airways and China Eastern Airlines, KQ will code share on daily services between Bangkok and Shanghai, while China Eastern Airlines will code share on daily Kenya Airways service between Bangkok and Nairobi.
Kenya Airways is one of the dominant airlines in Africa and is responsible for flying a large number of African traders to Chinese market. Other major airlines include South Africa Airways, Ethiopia Airways and Egypt Air.
On Wednesday, Naikuni said the introduction of daily flights between the three cities comes as the airline celebrates 36 years since it made its maiden flight.
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