30 Jul 2013 08:00
WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) Air Namibia and Kenya Airways on Tuesday entered into a 'code share' agreement, whereby one airline sells seats under its own name on another airline's operational fight.
Speaking during the signing ceremony here, Air Namibia's Managing Director Theopoltina Namases explained that the airline code share refers to a practice through which a flight operated by one airline is jointly marketed as a flight by another airline.
Through our code share partnerships, we will place our designator code (SW) on flights operated by our code share partner, Kenya Airways with designator code KQ, and vice versa, she said.
Namases said this agreement will allow the two parties to provide their clients with worldwide services through an extensive network of convenient flight connections.
She said some of the benefits the code share arrangement will bring to passengers include connecting flights which provides clearer routing for the customer, allowing a customer to book travel from point A to C through point B under one carrier's code instead of booking twice.
When flying between two cities without a single-airline connection, the passenger can pick a code share flight over two airlines or two flights booked separately. If the flights are not code shared, then the second airline has no responsibility if the passenger or luggage misses the second flight due to a delay with the first, Namases said.
She stressed that under a code-shared flight, the second airline is unlikely to charge extra fees or deny boarding should the first cooperating airline cause a delay.
The managing director said passengers who are in Nairobi, Kenya will be able to see Air Namibia flights and they will be able to purchase Air Namibia tickets.
She added that when a passenger, for example, travels from Nairobi to Windhoek, the first leg from Nairobi to either Johannesburg or Lusaka will be operated by Kenya Airways, and the second leg from Johannesburg or Lusaka to Windhoek will be operated by Air Namibia.
This is an industry practice, which allows airlines to benefit from synergies, efficiency improvements and cost savings while benefiting from an extended route network offering, said Namases.
On his part, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer Mbuvi Nguze welcomed the agreement, saying the partnerships will boost connectivity within Africa.
We are excited about this partnership. By facilitating convenient travel of our passengers, this core share agreement will enable us to make a contribution towards spurring sustainable development in Africa, he said.
Nguze said Kenya Airways has over 15 airline fleets, reaching about 45 destinations in Africa.
The airline was wholly owned by the Government of Kenya until April 1995, and it was privatised in 1996, becoming the first African flag carrier in successfully doing so. Kenya Airways is currently a public-private partnership.