Tuesday, February 19

Welcome of Board

Dear Reader,

Welcome on board! It is hard to believe that this year has gone so fast and the Christmas festivities are just around the corner. Airkenya and its subsidiaries, Regional Air and AeroLink, are looking forward to fly you during this holiday period.

As a group of Airlines we would like to celebrate this Christmas by showing you the many sites of East Africa, with Regional Air “ discovering the best of Tanzania” and AeroLink “The friendly Airline”.

The big news is that, effective the early part of January 2019, Airkenya has taken the rather bold decision to stop flying to the coastal destinations of Lamu, Malindi and Diani. With a considerable increase in capacity now offered by a number of local airlines to these destinations, it was no longer commercially viable for Airkenya to continue flying there, but instead channel its resources to improve connectivity from Kenya’s tourist’s destinations to Tanzania and Uganda. With this in mind, in June 2019, Airkenya will start schedule flights from the Mara Game Reserve via Kisumu to Entebbe. Passengers will be able to connect with AeroLink and then fly onward to the west of Uganda home of the Silverback Gorillas. This new service will give our customers the option to have “breakfast in the Mara and lunch with Gorillas” or vice versa, considerably reducing travel time and being able to make the most of their holiday in East Africa. In Tanzania connectivity between Airkenya and Regional Air will also improve on the Mara Game Reserve to the Serengeti National Park service, where Regional Air will play a bigger role in flying passengers to onward destinations in the Serengeti thus offering an enhanced service to our customers.

Airkenya is also planning to increase capacity to all of its safari destinations by adding a third Bombardier Dash 7 to its fleet. For many years this type of aircraft has helped Airkenya grow, with its unparalleled Short Take Off Landing (STOL) distance capability, powered by four Pratt and Whitney turbo prop engines, this aircraft has always given Airkenya the edge over competition by being able to move large groups of passengers from and to bush trips and providing our customers with a fast and reliable service.

In Tanzania, from mid December 2018, Regional Air will fly a Bombardier Dash 8 - 100 aircraft from Arusha to Seronera onward to Zanzibar, connecting the world renowned Serengeti National Park to the spice Island. This service will offer a prime service to the many customers wishing to have a “beach and bush” experience. Regional Air acquisition of this aircraft will place the Airline in a strong position among other Airlines in Tanzania, further enhancing its capability to offer a better and faster service in between these two very popular destinations.

Ndege News will provide you with articles and pictures depicting this part of the world; you will also find details of routes and timings of the Airkenya group of Airlines. I hope that you will find it all interesting and that your experience with us will be a positive one, and if you are so positive about this holiday please let us help you in planning your next visit to East Africa!

Capt Dino Bisleti
General Manager