Kenya Airways (NSE:KQ) together with its subsidiary Jambojet and FlightSafety international (FSI) have today signed a tripartite agreement that will see FSI provide a Dash 8 Q400 simulator to support training of their cockpit crew and maintenance teams. FSI’s flight simulator will be housed at the Kenya Airways Pride Center. It is expected to improve availability and quality training to Jambojet pilots as well as other Q400 operators in Africa.
“The number of Q400s in Africa is growing, with a limited number of simulators to support the training. The estimated number of Q400 aircraft in Africa is over a hundred (100) being served by only three (3) simulators. The agreement is a step forward in building the capacity of our training programs and cementing our focus on safety and quality” commented Sebastian Mikosz, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Airways.
FlightSafety international is the leading provider of Q400 simulators that provide real life flying scenarios. They deliver world-class aviation training services for pilots, technicians, flight attendants and dispatchers, with a compelling mix of resources designed to and reflecting the advanced equipment used in today’s aircraft.
“We have a large footprint across the globe and we are excited about having our second partnership in Africa. It is an excellent opportunity for us to extend our expertise in the region as we continue facilitating training through provision of high quality simulators. Having a local solution will allow the operators to train more often and reduce their overall training costs” said Patrick Coulter, Director - Business Development, Commercial Training and Simulation at FSI.
Kenya Airways and Jambojet are looking forward to leveraging on FSI’s wealth of experience to continue improving safety in Africa’s aviation.
Jambojet which in 2019 marked five (5) years since inception currently operates a fleet of five (5) Q400 aircrafts and this is expected to grow to eight (8) in 2019 and fifteen (15) by 2021 as part of its fleet expansion strategy.
Allan Kilavuka, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Jambojet noted that Africa’s airspace remains vibrant and with the advancement in technology, relevant support is required to ensure efficiency and guarantee safety to remain competitive. “As the anchor user, we are glad to be in partnership with an organization with similar commitment to safety and we will rely on their knowledge and skill which will help to enhance our continued focus on safety and reliability. We are expecting 4 additional aircraft this year and the Q400 simulator that is easily accessible will be critical in up skilling the new and existing pilots.” said Mr. Kilavuka.
KQ is currently working towards financial turnaround with a focus on prudential financial management, network expansion as well as improving customer experience. This partnership provides an additional opportunity for revenue enhancement through engagement and training of other Q400 operators.
About Jambojet Limited
Jambojet is a regional low-cost airline that currently flies to six destinations from its hub in Nairobi – Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Entebbe, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu, Malindi and Ukunda (Diani). The no-frills airline, launched in April 2014 recently became the only low cost carrier in Kenya to be awarded the coveted IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA registration). IOSA is an internationally recognised and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the safety, operational management and control systems of an airline. Jambojet is also the 2018 winner of the Bombardier Reliability Award for outstanding performance in dispatch reliability. Since inception, Jambojet has enabled affordable air travel for all, with first time flyers accounting for about 30% of its customers. In the five years of operation, the airline has achieved undeniable business growth; with an aggressive fleet expansion comprising of 5 De Havilland DHC 8 Q400 Next Generation with an additional 4 on order, regional growth with the introduction of flights to Entebbe and flown over 3million passengers. This number is set to grow as more travellers appreciate the benefits of low cost flying.
About Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 56 destinations worldwide, 43 of which are in Africa and carries over four million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircraft. 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. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa Leading Airline 2017 by the World Travel Awards.
About FlightSafety international
FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. Over 2,000 highly qualified instructors provide more than 1.4 million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories. FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of advanced full-flight simulators at Learning Centers and training locations in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa and the United Kingdom.