Kenya Airways (KQ), Kenya’s national carrier, in partnership with Embraer, the multinational aerospace manufacturer and Africa Airlines Association (AFRAA), is co-hosting a three-day Aviation Innovation summit dubbed “Africa Aviation and Travel Innovation.”
The three-day event will take place in Nairobi, Kenya under the theme: “Enhancing Intra-African Trade Through Aviation and Travel,” from 22-24 November 2021, and will bring together stakeholders from aviation, tourism, technology, and start-up industries, to discuss ways to build resilient and sustainable business strategies post-COVID-19.
(TOP: Peter Mungai, the CIO, Kenya
The Aviation innovation summit is designed to explore opportunities with local start-ups, small and medium-size enterprises to co-create innovative solutions with aviation stakeholders while contributing to the sustainable development of Africa.
Allan Kilavuka, CEO, Kenya Airways said that the summit is an opportunity for the aviation industry to build on the advancements of many innovations in order to meet new customer demands and become more sustainable.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has showed us that out of adversity comes opportunity. In these difficult times, everybody in the industry, is looking to do things differently and find better, faster ways to operate. Consequently, new ideas and new innovations are more important than ever. There are many unique opportunities co-create innovations at the moment and the summit is a platform to explore these opportunities; to grab and build on the advancements of many innovations.”
Hussein Dabbas, the Embraer GM for Africa and Middle East said: “We are honoured to have been invited by Kenya Airways to participate in this initiative. Innovation and challenging the status quo are part of Embraer’s DNA and we are looking forward to sharing our experience with the Summit participants. We strongly believe that through agility and openness to evolve with new technologies, African carriers have the potential to leapfrog the rest of the industry. This event is a step in exactly this direction.”
Mr Abdérahmane Berthé, the AFRAA Secretary General stated: “The recovery of the air transport sector from the impacts of Covid19 pandemic presents a unique opportunity to rethink strategies and approaches for the business. We need to adopt new approaches of doing business amid evolving trends to bring both resilience and sustained success of the air transport industry in Africa in the post-Covid era. African airlines have been facing significant viability challenges over many years and the time to act to shape the future is now. This workshop will drive the ongoing industry actions to facilitate the needed changes for economic sustainability of the sector.”
The summit agenda will analyse how this industry has been forced to reinvent itself in the last few months and what its future will look like. Some of the vertical forums will cover innovative technology, health and safety, aero political issues, and pricing.
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is an African airline flying to 41 destinations worldwide, 34 of which are in Africa and carries over 4 million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa, including its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircraft. Kenya Airways offers services Cargo services to key locations including London, Amsterdam, Guangzhou, Sharjah, Mumbai and over 25 intra-Africa routes in addition to its passenger network. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10.