KQ cargo unit wins Africa award for third year in a row (Business Daily (Kenya))

Kenya Airways’ cargo unit has for the third year in a row won the best African airline award by a leading global publication, the second such accolade in the past two months.

Air Cargo News, a UK-based magazine, has selected KQ as the leading cargo service provider on the continent, an award the national carrier also received in 2014 and 2013.

The cash-strapped airline’s cargo business was in late February awarded a similar accolade by STAT Trade Times, an India-based monthly aviation and air cargo publication.

“Worldwide readers of Air Cargo News voted Kenya Airways top in service excellence, reliability and sustainable performance in moving cargo to and from Africa,” Kenya Airways said in a statement.

“We are delighted and honoured that we have been voted the best in Africa by our customers for the third year running,” said KQ Cargo’s general manager, Dick Murianki. KQ Cargo transports goods in 20 countries across three continents.

Some of the services offered include the shipping of live animals, letters and packages, pharmaceuticals, fresh farm produce, valuable products as well as human remains.

Currently, the Africa remains a key market for KQ, but the airline is banking on the new route to Hanoi in Vietnam to grow cargo traffic to the Asian countries.

The airline in January opened a retail shop in Tea Room, in downtown Nairobi, targeting thousands of small traders who buy their goods in the Middle East and Asia.

African cargo services grew by 6.1 per cent ahead of Asia and Europe, according to aircargoworld.com. The International Air Transport Association has also predicted a growth in air cargo services this year.

KQ posted an after-tax loss of Sh10.45 billion for the six months to September last year even as the NSE-listed carrier announced a profit warning for the year ending March 2015.