Kenya Airways CEO, Allan Kilavuka, hosted the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) Secretary General, Abdérahmane Berthé, at the Kenya Airways headquarters in Nairobi for this year’s edition of the “AFRAA Member Airline CEOs Leadership Dialogues“ session. Both AFRAA and Kenya Airways Leadership teams were present at the dialogues session.
The meeting presented a unique opportunity to discuss in detail various subjects, including the state of the air transport industry and the underlying dynamics, updates on Kenya Airways’ restructuring process, the airline consolidation feasibility study for Africa roadmap, the status updates on the implementation of the air transport sustainability roadmap and advocacy actions on various issues impacting Kenya Airways’ operations.
Abdérahmane Berthé, AFRAA Secretary General, remarked: “It gives me great pleasure to exchange ideas with Kenya Airways and take stock of feedback for continuous improvement and realignment of AFRAA actions to meet the individual needs of our members better. This is one of the underlying strategies for AFRAA’s business perspective to facilitate continued collaboration with our members to fulfill AFRAA’s mandate.”
At the end of the CEO Dialogues session, AFRAA toured the Kenya Airways Fahari Innovation Hub, a centre for innovation that acts as a springboard for new ideas and data-driven innovations to accelerate impact-driven solutions that address some of the societal and business challenges. Launched in 2021, Fahari Innovation Hub is part of Kenya Airways’ strategy in contributing to the sustainable development of Africa by empowering, collaborating, and co-creating innovative ideas and strategies with local start-ups and the small-medium enterprises (SMEs) ecosystem.
Kenya Airways is the first Vice Chairman of the AFRAA Executive Committee, and the airline’s membership to AFRAA spans from 1977.
The CEO Dialogues initiative is a drive-by AFRAA to create close engagement with member airlines and a space for dialogue necessary to develop transformative initiatives for AFRAA’s actions, which are anchored on five pillars, including: safe, secure, and reliable air transport; visibility, reputation, and influence of African Airlines; sustainable air transport; cooperation; and Data Intelligence.
The African Airlines Association, also known by its acronym AFRAA, is a trade association of airlines from the member states of the African Union (AU). Founded in Accra, Ghana, in April 1968, and headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, AFRAA’s mission is to promote, serve African Airlines and champion Africa’s aviation industry. The Association envisions a sustainable, interconnected and affordable Air Transport industry in Africa where African Airlines become key players and drivers to African economic development.
AFRAA membership of 44 airlines cuts across the entire continent and includes all the major intercontinental African operators. The Association members represent over 85% of total international traffic carried by African airlines.
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