Kenya Airways, the country’s flagship flyer, has been feted at the just concluded World Travel Awards. The national carrier, which is currently taking part in a turnaround exercise following years of heavy losses, has been touted as Africa’s leading airline.
The flyer has also been publicised as Africa’s leading Airline under the ‘Business Class’ category.
Kenya Airways commonly known by its flight code, KQ, beat nominated flyers EgyptAir, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Air, Maroc, RwandAir and South African Airways to clinch the award.
KQ has held the Business Class title for five years running and the Leading Airline Award for two years in a row.
“We are very humbled to win Africa’s Leading Airline-Business Class,” the airline said in a statement issued just hours ago.
The carrier was nominated for the World’s Leading Airline, World’s Leading Airline to the Indian Ocean, Africa’s Leading Airline – Economy Class and Africa’s Leading Airline Brand 2017 awards.
The event, which was held at an Africa Gala Ceremony last night in Kigali, saw Rwanda take the top title as Africa’s leading travel destination.
“Rwanda has proved a wonderful host for our Africa Gala Ceremony, cementing the country’s reputation as Africa’s rising star,” World Travel Awards Founder and President, Graham Cooke, said at the ceremony.
The World Travel Awards serve to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the global travel and tourism industry. The event is now in its 24th year and is acknowledged across the globe as the ultimate travel accolade.
By Dennis Lukhoba