Sorry to slide off the thread, but who is starting these KQ MIA rumours, and what drugs are they on? Ever since KQ announced their orders for 777, the rumours have been wild. KQ is using the 777 to increase capacity on LHR/AMS-NBO flights.
They are no rumours, Kenya Airways has specificlly said they would like to start service to Miami.
From the Kenya Financial Standard:
Miami Seeks Links with Nairobi
By James Anyanzwa
Deal Could Spell Trouble for National Carriers Code Share Agreement with KLM
Kenya Airways’ long standing partnership with KLM, a Royal Dutch Airline, is under siege as the stalemate over introduction of a direct flight between Nairobi and Miami, USA, gathers momentum.
Afraid of losing the lucrative European market, top management of the national flag carrier have remained non-committal to a deal requiring the airline to relinquish its stake in KLM, as a precondition to secure an independent route to Miami.
Though the US government has great interest in the deal, KQ
is still fretting that consenting to the pact will jeorpadise its strong symbiotic relationship with KLM and subsequently lead to loss of revenue from the European market.
has no route of its own and depends on KLM for connection to Europe.
KLM struck an alliance with KQ
in 1996 in a bid to share routes and avoid flying to every single point, which could be unprofitable. They can also share joint purchasing expertise and offices.
Efforts, for two consecutive days, to get comments from KQ
managing director, Titus Naikuni, proved futile as he was said to be in a board meeting.
The Financial Standard has also reliably established that the director of Miami International Air Aviation, Mr South Miguel, and his delegation visited the country in February to negotiate the deal with Kenya Airways.
However, a consensus is yet to be reached as other requirements set by the US government Department of Air Aviation continue to take toll on the country’s fragile economy.
It has been established that 24 conditions were set nearly three years ago by a team of US aviation specialists commissioned to asses the state of Kenya’s major international airport before being considered for a "category one" status that will allow KQ
to fly into the US air-space.
But according to sources, the requirements were later reduced to 15 after intense lobbying by the Kenya government.
And the government is yet to implement some of these conditions, including the issue of security and upgrading of the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).
Sources also revealed that, a recent cabinet decision to have Embakasi airport transformed to a local flight terminus, is a scheme to pave way for the expansion of runways at JKIA to accommodate at least two aircraft at a time, in response to external pressure.
The government is of the view that the dream for the proposed flight is likely to come true in mid 2005, subject to the outcome of on-going negotiations between KQ
and Miami International Air Aviation.
Sources revealed that the new route will require a 300-seat Boeing 777 aircraft which KQ
doesn’t own but whose acquisition Miami Aviation has offered to finance.
According to documents of a research study conducted by a consultancy firm, SH
&E Air International commissioned by Miami-Dade Aviation Department in February 2003, and availed to The Financial Standard, the strategically based Miami is the first logical US gateway for KQ
as the North-eastern part is served by the Northwest/KLM alliance.
It also reveals that East Africa (EA) accounts for 35 percent of Miami-Africa Air Trade volume.
According to the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KNCCI) the move will mean greater access of Kenyan products to the American market, and hence facilitate full exploitation of the AGOA initiative.
"The move will provide an additional impetus to the growth of horticulture and tourism sector," says Laban Onditi, KNCCI’s Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) chairman.
He said it would be an opportunity for Kenya’s fresh produce items such as fruits and flowers to reach the American market in time.
Articles have also appeared in the Miami Herald and South Florida Sun-Sentinel.