Unveiling The Magical Kenya Branded Kenya Airways Aircraft

Magical Kenya Branded Aircraft

Unveiling The Magical Kenya Branded Aircraft in Partnership with Kenya Airways

Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) Partners With Kenya Airways To Showcase Kenya’s Iconic Wildlife To The World with the Magical Kenya Branded Aircraft.

Nairobi, Thursday, 25th November 2021: Kenya’s national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has entered into a partnership with the Kenya Tourism Board to promote Kenya as a tourist destination internationally, regionally and locally.

Magical Kenya Branded Aircraft
CAS Tourism and Wildlife Joseph Boinett (left) KTB CEO Dr Betty Radier and KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka pose next to one of the destination branded KQ aircrafts during the unveiling

The partnership involves branding of two KQ aircraft; a Dreamliner and an Embraer with images of Kenya’s most iconic species creating visibility as a must-visit destination across the airline’s network of 41 destinations. The imagery features the last two northern white rhinos in the world at Ol Pejeta Conservancy, the elephant Tuskers and lions from Amboseli National Park and the Tsavo National Park.

Tourism and Wildlife Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Joseph Boinett said the collaboration would build a strong brand association between Magical Kenya and Kenya Airways and thus increase the destination’s appeal to more consumers in all the market segments.

“Aviation is a critical pillar of our tourism industry and therefore partnerships such as this one are important to ensure that we continue to arouse the interest of travellers into the destination. It is especially important at this point in time as we work towards recovering tourism fully and attracting international visitors to Magical Kenya.”

On her part, Kenya Tourism Board CEO Dr. Betty Radier lauded the National carrier for having contributed to the growth of tourism by enabling accessibility to tourism destinations in the country.

She said the partnership was among the many ventures the Board had explored with a view to growing the destination tourism offerings. “About a month ago, we launched a similar partnership with KQ subsidiary,” added said Dr Radier.

Magical Kenya Branded Aircraft
CAS Tourism and Willdlife Joseph Boinett (second left) KTB CEO Dr Betty Radier (Third left) and KQ CEO Allan Kilavuka during the aircraft unveil. the partnership seeks to enhance visibility of the destination.

Allan Kilavuka, CEO, Kenya Airways said, the airline was committed to raising awareness of Kenya’s magical treasures to maximize the benefits of air transport and to support the sustainable development of Kenya’s thriving tourism economy.

The CEO disclosed that the airline has been recording growth for the past few months and more specifically the domestic flights that are expected to record a 95%  growth by December this year compared to the same period in 2019.

He added that Kenya Airways has a zero-tolerance policy regarding Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) and has long supported wildlife conservation efforts to promote better protection of endangered wildlife and reduce demand for illegal wildlife products.

Magical Kenya Branded Aircraft
The aircrafts are branded with images of Kenya’s most iconic species including Tim, one of Kenya’s iconic tuskers

The designs on the aeroplanes are hinged on the conservation themes in Kenya with the Dreamliner having the last two northern white rhinos in the world (Najin and Fatu) on one side. Najin and Fatu live on Ol Pejeta Conservancy which is also the largest black rhino sanctuary in East and Central Africa and the only place in Kenya to see chimpanzees. On the other side is Tim, the most famous and iconic elephant that lived in Amboseli National Park for over five decades. Tim was one of the last remaining great ‘tuskers”. The Embraer will have Tim and the king of the jungle; a lion depicting the man-eaters of Tsavo. We hope that these images branded on the aeroplanes will help showcase Kenya’s diversity in wildlife, and the variety of places to visit.

“Najin and Fatu, as the last of their kind, represent the consequences of ignoring the importance of wildlife conservation. However, they also give a glimpse of hope – through the work we are doing with the BioRescue northern white rhino recovery programme, that we can turn things around if we act now,” said Ol Pejeta’s Chief Commercial Officer, Ken Kimani. “We are excited about this partnership and look forward to welcoming tourists back to share all that the conservancy has to offer – including visiting Najin and Fatu.

According to the KWS Director General Brigadier (Rtd.) John Waweru appreciated the initiative to brand the KQ aircraft with three of Kenya’s iconic species (Elephant, Lion and Rhino) reinforces Kenya’s commitment to conserving wildlife and its habitats for prosperity and ties in well with KWS’ strategic pillars of Conservation and Collaboration.

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