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Kenya Airways restarts direct Delhi cargo flights

February 24, 2021 00:00:00

Kenya Airways is resuming flights to India after months-long hiatus, Simple Flying reported.

The carrier resumed its cargo service from Nairobi to Indian capital New Delhi, a growing cargo hub in the region.

The route came as demand for cargo rose and Kenya Airways put its converted 787 freighters into use.

Kenya Airways has started new cargo routes in response to the falling demand for passenger flights and increased freight demand.

According to ITLN, the carrier would operate the Delhi-Nairobi route once a week, carrying pharmaceuticals, machinery, electronic equipment, general merchandise, and more.

The route would be operated by Kenya Airways' flagship Boeing 787-8.

The airline recently received approval from regulators to remove seats from the aircraft to make more room for cargo.

The conversion to a 'preighter' (passenger freighter) has significantly expanded the cargo-carrying ability of the plane.

The modified cabin is certified to carry 16 tonnes of cargo in addition to the belly pallet storage.

Kenya Airways is hoping to use its India route to further increase cargo to other destinations in the region.

In a statement, Allan Kilavuka, CEO and Mnaging Director of Kenya Airways, said,

"The resumption of direct weekly cargo flights from Nairobi to New Delhi is an indication of the integral part KQ plays in providing logistics solutions to our customers based on our robust world-class handling infrastructure and strong network footprint in Africa."

"KQ Cargo will continue to offer seamless connections in India to Nairobi, and the rest of Africa, including destinations such as Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; and Lilongwe, Malawi," Kilavuka added.

The recently converted 787s will be optimal for carrying Covid-19 vaccines once they become available.

Kenya Airways hopes to take the lead for vaccine transport for its home country and the rest of Africa.

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