Kenya Airways is one of the leading airlines in Sub-Saharan Africa, and with its bold tagline “The Pride of Africa” it certainly knows it. The airline became a full member of SkyTeam in 2010, with a little help from KLM who sponsored the process of their joining in 2005. The airline is currently embarking on Project Mawingu (‘clouds’ in Swahili) which should see them expanding their route network by six destinations each year.
Kenya Airways has won plenty of awards. In 2014 they took home the award of Africa's Leading Airline-Business Class in the World Travel Awards, placed in the top ten of Skytrax’ most improved airlines, and also won an International Safety Award. It’s clear that Kenya Airways has a bright future ahead.
How to Check In
International travellers must check in two and a half hours before flight departure. You can do this at the airport check-in desk, or online. Online check in opens 30 hours prior to departure, and closes two hours before the flight is due to leave.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Economy travellers can bring two pieces of luggage weighing up to 23kg each free of charge, while Premier World travellers have a higher weight allowance of 32kg per bag. Excess baggage is carried at a fee, with a €100* (about £79.65) charge for bags that weigh more than the allocated 23kg, and a charge of €200* (roughly £159.33) for extra pieces over and above the allocated luggage allowance. *Prices subject to change. Confirm with the airline before booking.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Passengers get a fair amount of legroom with Kenya Airways, with a seat pitch of 32” in economy and 75” in business class. Extra legroom seats can be purchased for €50 (about £39.80) on flights lasting four hours or less, and €70 (roughly £55.75) on flights lasting longer than four hours. *Prices subject to change. Confirm with the airline before booking.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Kenya Airways offers an in-flight meal service in both economy and business class.
Kenya Airways has a good on-time record, and in 2013 came top of Heathrow Airport’s punctuality rankings.
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