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Kencargo jv launched in Nairobi

2001-05-18 12:02

Nairobi – Kenya Airways, Martinair Cargo and KLM officially launched their new air cargo joint venture, Kencargo Airlines International, in Nairobi late on Thursday, to market the belly cargo capacity of the three carriers.

"The Kencargo network, with Nairobi as the major hub, covers 33 airports in Africa, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent," managing director Peter Scholten said at the launch.

The new company will sell Kenya Airways' cargo space over the carrier's entire network, with offices in Nairobi, Dubai, Johannesburg, Lagos and London, and with access to KLM's Cargoal cargo booking system, Scholten said.

It will also represent Martinair in Johannesburg and the Middle East, and represent KLM in Lagos and some other African stations, while KLM and Martinair will market Kencargo in Europe and the rest of the world.

KLM will keep its offices in Dar es Salaam, Johannesburg and Nairobi, and Martinair will keep its Nairobi office, Scholten said.

Intially, Kencargo will just market belly capacity, but longer term plans include operating regional freighters in Africa from its hub at Nairobi's Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

The company was incorporated in January, with Kenya Airways holding a 60% share and KLM and Martinair taking 20% each.

Reuters