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Pluses and minuses!
I have just read your April/May issue.
On the 'plus' side, I would like to make
a mention that after years of supporting
The 'Bride' Of Africa, we opted to fly
Emirates Business Class to London,
mainly because of Kenya Airway's high
fares. What an incredible experience.
The staff are EXCELLENT, paying
attention to every single detail onboard
for your comfort, not to mention their
immaculate uniforms, clean, neat and
ironed! Food is excellent. The range of
wines and spirits is incredible, not
forgetting those divine Godiva chocolates
one gets at the end!
The seats are wonderful, and the cabin
is beautiful. A truly wonderful airline to fly
with. I was so very impressed! The A380
from Dubai to London is a true marvel of
an aircraft. It just glides silently, without
effort up, up and away.
Worth the money one spends on
Business Class on Emirates! It was an
On the 'minus' side. We had the same
experience as TCB whilst on a weekend
break at Sarova Shaba Lodge last year.
The British Army were there on the first
night, drinking, playing loud music,
eating everything in sight, and by that
I mean 3-burgers in a bun!!! They took
over the entire pool area, leaving no
space whatsoever for other guests. We
felt most uncomfortable.
To top that,the mess left around the
pool, bottles of empty beer, and endless
cigarette butts from the night before
were not cleared up by the lodge itself
until around 11 am the next morning.
Sarova Shaba is a truly wonderful lodge,
I love the setting, and whilst I fully
understand the British Army need their
R&R, I think it should not be at the
expense of guests that come for their
own R&R, which I'm sure we pay more
for than the Army do.
Ed: We featured an editorial on the plight
of Kenya Airways in our last edition.
A Government Senate Select Committee
formed to look into the Kenya Airways
losses, reported problems with the airlines
management in defending its Board
decisions. One of many items highlighted
was a 'Non-competitive ticketing system'.
In regards the British Army, in his column
Miscellaneous Ramblings TCB complained
of similar circumstances to Ms. Nandhra's
albeit at the Fairmont Mount Kenya Safari
In our last issue there was an editorial piece on the plight of Kenya Airways. Much was
made of our opinions, but most respondents wanted more, partiocularily if any financial
improprioties had taken place. With no cold-hard facts to hand we chose not go down that
The airline has now completed the lease of all three of its brand-new Boeing 777-300ER’s
to Turkish Airlines, this added to the lease of two brand-new Dreamliners to Oman Air and
the sale of two 777-200’s previously announced to Omni International of the USA.
Kenya Airway’s Chief Executive Mbuvi Ngunze said in a statement that while it is sad to
see brand new aircraft go to other airlines, the move was in the company’s best interests.
“It is important to understand the context in which we are taking these decisions. We need
to close our gap in profitability and rapidly reduce our cost and debt structure,” he said.
“These actions will reduce our monthly fleet costs by over US$7 million, and improve our
liquidity, and is part of our strategy to turn Kenya Airways into profitability in the next 18
to 24 months,” said Mr. Ngunze. Kenya Airways said the time taken to transfer the planes
was influenced by the industry’s rigorous regulatory requirements.
The burning question is why all these very very expensive aircraft were bought in the first
place; a question shareholders and Kenyans all will want answering before the airline’s
credibility can be restored.
In another related story the former CFO of the airline has no case to answer in regards
his dismissal by the airline, but the same court that issued this ruling then stops the airline
from hiring a substansive replacement. What’s the story here?
Into The Abyss - A Kenya Airways Story
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