The flag carrier will fly three times a week to Hanoi in a Boeing 787 Dreamliner and will provide strong connections from the growing Asian city to the key markets in Africa.
Hanoi is home to more than seven million people and in 2013, PricewaterhouseCoopers estimated that it would be fastest growing city in the world in term of GDP growth from 2008 to 2025.
To support and enhance this operation, Kenya Airways will work closely with Skyteam partner Vietnam Airlines, whose hub is Hanoi, in order to provide further travel options into Japan, Malaysia, Korea and China.
Kenya Airways’ group managing director and chief executive officer Mbuvi Ngunze said that the potential of Vietnam as a country with strong economic growth and a growing middle class is significant. “Vietnam has shown a considerable and stable economic growth over the recent years, including an increase in trade with Africa. As the first airline to directly connect Vietnam to Africa, we are sure to leverage on this growth. Together with our SkyTeam partner Vietnam Airlines, we are very confident the addition of Hanoi to our network will be a success,” he said.
In the last year, Kenya Airways has deployed its new fleet of six B787 Dreamliner aircraft for commercial service, mostly on routes to Asia and Europe. Most recently, the Dreamliner took its inaugural flight to London, one of KQ most prominent routes. Three more Dreamliners are scheduled to arrive in 2015. (african aerospace, photo: Kenya Airways)