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Message from CEO

Greetings,
I appreciate the unwavering support you have given Kenya Airways over the years. We are committed to safeguarding the health and wellbeing our staff and customers whenever you fly with us. Amidst the rising concern of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), I would like to assure you that we have in place measures to maintain the highest levels of safety, security and hygiene.

We are working closely with both local and global health authorities, as well as following guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and IATA to protect you whenever you are on board any of our services. Once again I thank you for choosing to fly with us and assure you that we will continue implementing measures to mitigate against the effect of Coronavirus.

Regards,
Allan Kilavuka

 

We care for your Safety, Security & Hygiene

In response to the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak around the world, the following measures have been put in place to maintain the highest levels of safety, security and hygiene:

  • Activation of our Crisis Management protocol to proactively address situations as they arise and implement appropriate actions.
  • Working closely with both local and global health authorities, as well as following guidelines provided by the World Health Organisation and IATA to protect your well-being.
  • We have stopped issuing headsets for use across all flights. This is to support other efforts that minimise person-to -person transmission of communicable diseases. We advise you to carry your own headsets/ earphones that are compatible with a 3pin jack, which can be purchased at duty free stores across all airports.
  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing procedures in all our aircraft before a flight. These procedures cover: seat armrests, seat pockets, headrests, tray tables, seatbelts, galleys, overhead luggage compartments, windows, carpets and lavatories.
  • Increased the frequency of layover cleaning of our aircraft from once every fourteen days to once every seven days.
  • Availing hand sanitizers in our aircraft, offices and other service areas.
  • Availing personal protective equipment to our staff based on the level of risk they are exposed to in their respective workstations.
  • Training and sensitizing our crew and staff on various measures to ensure they protect themselves.
  • Ensuring all our cabin groomers wear personal protective equipment.
  • Encouraging handwashing and healthy hygiene practices among our staff and other stakeholders.
  • Using disposable hand towels on all classes of travel.
  • Installation of High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filtration systems in all our aircrafts to clean the air during flights.
  • Replacing all blankets, linen, pillow covers and headrest covers with fresh sets.

Your latest schedule update due to Covid-19

We in Kenya Airways have been working hard to help our passengers return to their homes given the increased travel restrictions across the world.

We have been forced to reduce our network by over 70% and it had become increasingly difficult to continue offering international passenger services. Today March 22, 2020 the Government of Kenya has issued a directive that requires all incoming and outgoing international passenger traffic to and from Kenya to cease from midnight on 25th March 2020.

To comply with this directive, we have therefore temporarily suspended all international services effective midnight 25th March 2020, until further notice.

We will continue to operate cargo flights particularly so that we are available to offer emergency services or much needed supplies. In the meantime, our domestic flights to Mombasa and Kisumu remain operational.

We aim to provide affected customers with updated information as early as possible hence;

  • Please make sure your contact details are up to date on our Manage My Booking.
  • We encourage all guest to check their Flight Status on upcoming travel due to the rapidly evolving schedule changes.


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KQ resumes direct flights to New York

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The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) resumed its direct flights between Nairobi and New York on Sunday.

In a tweet, KQ announced the move and topped it up with an offer to passengers who book their flights before December 10 that they will enjoy discounted prices.

Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board. Book your ticket via https://t.co/hitS3Whxtp before December 10th to enjoy discounted rates ✈️🌎 *Disclaimer – video from our pre-COVID archives pic.twitter.com/1kET4h0kRK

— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) November 29, 2020

“Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board,” the airline said.

The national carrier last operated the passenger flights using the Nairobi-New York route in April after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

KQ resumed international flights in August after suspending all its operations in March following the government’s directives after the firsts case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya.

On Saturday, October 31, KQ announced that it had postponed New York flights’ resumption.

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Through a notice, the airline said the decision to postpone the flights was informed by the increased cancellation of flight bookings to New York.

“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellations of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to November 29. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement then.

Kenya Airways inaugurated direct flights to the US in October 2018, cutting the journey to the US by 15 hours and by October 2019 KQ had flown at least 105,084 passengers after completing 594 flights to and from New York.

by NN


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Bodaboda chama grows into a multi-million shilling housing cooperative

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A journey of a thousand many miles starts with a single step. A Nakuru-based bodaboda operator’s self-help group proved this in its growth. Driven by the ambition to have something to take home once they couldn’t ride any more, ten bodaboda operators from Barut, Nakuru West in 2015 formed Kianjahi Group, pooling a minimum savings of Sh100 per week per person.

“Being a bodaboda operator is a risky job and has serious effect on one’s health especially if you don’t dress properly for the cold. After attending a seminar in Machakos we decided to start making savings,” said Benson Sigei, the group chairperson.

The group grew as more members joined in 2016. After evaluating their progress, the members increased their weekly savings to Sh200 and eventually to Sh1,000.

“Before the year ended we were nearly 100 members. Our savings were growing and we had to come up with plans which some members considered as too ambitious and pulled out,” says Sigei. With savings of nearly Sh2 million, they bought a 1.6-acre piece of land which was previously a sand quarry.

“It cost us Sh2.1 million in buying the land and rehabilitating it to usable standards. We embarked on making savings for constructing houses which would be of similar design,” he said.

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To make this possible they converted the group into Kianjahi Housing Cooperative Society Limited and introduced Sh15,100 registration fee and minimum share capital of Sh60,000 payable in Sh500 weekly instalments.

AmpThe group started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model.

“Every member now contributes a minimum of Sh1,500 for savings every week. Those yet to clear their share capital make an additional payment of Sh500. This amount does not exert great pressure on the riders since the majority make nearly KShs1,000 per day.

The group then started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model where four houses sit on every 50 by 100 feet plot. The cooperative completed the construction of the first 50 units majority of which have already been occupied.

“We took a Sh15 million loan and in addition to our savings we bought an additional acre of land at Sh2.1 million. In the first phase, we have constructed 52 housing units. 35 members have already moved in,” said the vice-chairman.

The cooperative has bought a third parcel of land on which they intend to set up houses for all members. Members who moved in during the first phase like pay Sh2,000 per month. Sh200 goes to savings and Sh1,800 going towards offsetting the cost of construction. The payment for the houses is spread over seven years.

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Enough is Enough: Kenyan man in US relocates to motherland to become a farmer

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In a bold move and which took great courage, a former Kenyan Diaspora man Kunga Kihokia who was born and raised in Miami Florida has moved back to Kenya, bought a 20 acres piece of land and established an organic farm in Murang’a.

Initially, Kunga had planned to be in Kenya for three weeks 5 years ago but after what he says was the realization of the problems affecting Kenyans because of western lifestyle which he himself was struggling with, he felt strongly to start an organic farm to address those problems.

Kunga has built a water tower to use gravity that allows the water to get pumped and distributed  through  irrigation into the field. Everything in the farm is powered by solar energy and he has dug a borehole that supplies enough water for the farm. Watch the video, be inspired  and enjoy.

Source: Diasporamessenger.com


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