Kenya Airways has opened a Cargo Express Centre for premium cargo at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
The Center is aimed at improving KQ cargo revenue as part of the turnaround strategy, Operation Pride while catering for premium cargo clients needing express services.
The state of the art facility will ensure Kenya Airways Cargo customers get efficient and quick service targeting major courier and e-commerce players.
It will be a one-stop shop for airlines and freight forwarders to enhance efficiency in e-commerce logistics, electronic customers clearance and cargo handling services, mail handling and airport ground handling service.
“This Center is equivalent of the First Class lounge that our passenger guests enjoy. This Centre is one of the many initiatives under our turnaround strategy to find new revenue sources,” said Kenya Airways CEO and MD, Mbuvi Ngunze. “We are optimistic this Centre will generate revenue of over Ksh 200 million for the airline from the expanded product portfolio, savings as we move our operations here as well as rental revenue.”
Mr. Mbuvi noted through the Centre customers will enjoy efficiency in the clearing process as the new center will provide a wide range of specialised products, tailor made to meet client’s needs such as express diplomatic packages, pharmaceuticals, valuable handing which will also help attract more clients for the airline.
All regulators will be housed under the Centre.
Reduced capacity to uplift cargo has seen Kenya Airways tonnage uplift decrease by 20.9 per cent, in the first half of the financial year ending March 2017. KQ Cargo division was also named African Cargo Airline of the year 2017, an accolade the airline has scooped four times.
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 52 destinations worldwide, 42 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 41 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 while KQ Cargo was named African Cargo Airline of the year 2017.