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Kenya Airways

About Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways is based in Nairobi and is Kenya's national flag carrier airline, and was formed after the breakup of its forerunner, East African Airways, in 1977. Initially owned by the Kenyan government, the airline became the first African flag carrier to be privatized in 1996, however, the Kenyan government still retains a large number of shares in the company. It owns 45 airplanes, which are a mixture of Boeing and Embraer aircraft.

From its hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the airline offers flights to more than 60 destinations such as Copenhagen, Accra and Hong Kong. Since its foundation in 1977 it has been a part of the African Airlines Association, and subsequently joined the SkyTeam alliance in 2010. Its entrance into the SkyTeam alliance was sponsored by KLM, which owns a large number of shares in the airline. As well as its alliance membership, the airline also has codeshare agreements with several other carriers, including Air France, Korean Air and China Southern Airlines.

Online check-in

Kenya Airways online check-in opens 30 hours prior to departure and closes again 2 hours before takeoff. Passengers can also select a seat during Kenya Airways online check-in process. Online check-in is available for those with an e-ticket, however passengers can also check in at the airport. Passengers on international flights should check in a minimum of 2 hours and 30 minutes prior to their flight's departure, with counters closing 1 hour before takeoff. On domestic flights, passengers should check in a minimum of 1 hour and 30 minutes before their scheduled departure time, with counters closing 30 minutes before a flight leaves.

Hand luggage allowance

Hand luggage on Kenya Airways flights dictates that Economy Class passengers are allowed a single piece of hand luggage with a weight of up to 12 kg, while Premier World class passengers can bring 2 pieces of hand luggage, each of which can weigh up to 12 kg. The maximum size for hand luggage is 55 x 25 x 35 cm. Passengers in all classes can also bring 1 personal item onto the plane. Some potential personal items include laptops, cameras, handbags or briefcases. They may also take 1 bag of duty-free purchases on board. Children under 2 years old are allowed 1 piece of hand luggage up to 12 kg.

Checked baggage allowance

Checked luggage allowance depends on the passenger's destination as well as the class of their Kenya Airways booking. On domestic Kenya Airways flights, Economy passengers can take 1 piece of checked luggage weighing up to 23 kg. Premier World passengers may also take 1 item of checked luggage weighing up to 32 kg on domestic routes. On international flights Economy passengers are allowed 2 items of checked luggage each weighing up to 23 kg, while Premier World passengers are entitled to 2 items of checked luggage, each weighing up to 32 kg. The airline will refuse to carry any items of baggage that weigh more than 32 kg. If a passenger exceeds their allowance or wishes to take any sports equipment, charges will apply.

Airline Information

  • Airline name: Kenya Airways
  • IATA code: KQ
  • Year Founded: 1977
  • Headquarters: Nairobi, Kenya
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Latest customer reviews on Kenya Airways flights

3.4 /5
Total reviews based on: 23
Heathrow - Jomo Kenyatta Internatonal ( LHR - NBO )
1.0 /5
Date 2019-07-04 City Staplehurst Kent Age Over 70 Class Economy

Four hours delayed at Heathrow. I am 87 years old. I was then quite ill on the flight. I fainted and had to be looked after by a paramedic the whole way. For an elderly person to have to endure this delay and the effect it had on me was horrible and frightening. No assistance or care for my condition whilst we waited was considered. Dreadful.

3.6 /5
10 reviews
Addis Ababa
Bole - Moi International ( ADD - MBA )
1.0 /5
Date 2019-06-27 City Uk Age 31-50 Class Economy

I had a connecting flight in which I had been asked to collect my luggage when we landed. They lost my bags and after 45 minutes of them relocating it I had less than 5 minutes to leave arrivals, get to departures and board my connecting flight. It was a real fight to get any support or assistance and the whole experience was a nightmare.

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Chileka - Jomo Kenyatta Internatonal ( BLZ - NBO )
1.0 /5
Peter Brown
Date 2019-05-21 City UK Age 51-70 Class Economy

Terrible - Kenyan Airways are very poor Delayed flights (2), missed connections (1), lost luggage (2)

1.0 /5
1 reviews
Lusaka - Harare ( LUN - HRE )
2.0 /5
Christopher Mwale
Date 2019-05-20 City Lusaka Age 31-50 Class Economy

I never travelled and i lost out on my hard earned money $250. i tried called the so called support and was put on a long waiting to incuring further charges on my side. i abandoned it and i am done.

2.0 /5
1 reviews
Manchester International - Schiphol ( MAN - AMS )
4.0 /5
Date 2019-05-10 City Manchester Age 31-50 Class Economy

Would appreciate local services to change the booking when abroad local airline Kenya airways could not access my booking because I had booked via travel agent and the cost of calling abroad in Kenya is expensive.A local number would be appreciated.

4.0 /5
1 reviews
Cape Town
Jomo Kenyatta Internatonal - Cape Town International Airport ( NBO - CPT )
3.0 /5
Date 2019-04-30 City Kenya Age 51-70 Class Economy

Efficient flight, but incredibly small space for each passenger.

3.5 /5
2 reviews
Kilimanjaro - Jomo Kenyatta Internatonal ( JRO - NBO )
5.0 /5
Date 2019-04-27 City Marangu Moshi Age 31-50 Class Economy

Very Good

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Jomo Kenyatta Internatonal - Moi International ( NBO - MBA )
5.0 /5
Date 2019-03-13 City nairobi kenya Age 51-70 Class Economy

great correspondence well done

5.0 /5
1 reviews
Jomo Kenyatta Internatonal - Heathrow ( NBO - LHR )
4.0 /5
Mummy B
Date 2019-02-03 Age 31-50 Class Economy

Other than check-in function of the app which resulted in me checking in at the airport (for what seems like no apparent reason/I was not given one) this was a great purchase and significantly cheaper than what the airline advertised itself for the exact flight!!!!

4.0 /5
1 reviews
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