Wed. Apr 24th, 2019

Why Kenya Airways is not abbreviated as KA

At some point in time, one wonders why Kenya Airways is abbreviated as KQ and not KA.

Well, the abbreviation KA already existed before Kenya Airways took to the skies in 1977.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) which assigns codes to airlines and airports had given KA to Korean Air in 1969 when it was established.

However, KQ traces its routes way before 1969 as it was birthed from the dissolution of East African Airways that operated between 1945-1977.

The EA airline that was jointly owned by Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania failed due to strained relations tying the three countries.

Kenya Airways is now encompassed in a public-private ownership with the Kenyan government having the lion’s share.

The national carrier is currently pursuing a turnaround strategy that would return it to profitability after facing a turbulent past.

Two weeks ago, Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala and KQ’s Managing director and CEO Mbuvi Ngunze unveiled Magical Kenya Branding on Dreamliner, B-787.

The ceremony marked a partnership between the Tourism Ministry and Kenya Airways to increase passengers and boost tourism in the country.