Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways expand partnership

Signing ceremony with official of Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways.
Photo Credit: Delta Air Lines

In a move to enhance global connectivity and increase travel options, Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways PLC broadened their partnership by including Kenya Airways’ direct Nairobi-to-New York service, on August 5, 2023.

This partnering will open up access to 31 new single-connect destinations within Africa and an additional 57 across the U.S. and Canada.

Addressing surge in demand

One of the key benefits of this partnership extension is the seamless travel experience it offers. By combining their strengths, Delta and Kenya Airways are tapping into the surge in travel demand between the two continents.

Passengers can now easily book flights that connect them to their final destinations with fewer layovers and more direct routes.

As part of this extended collaboration, Delta SkyMiles members and Kenya Airways’ Asante Rewards members will continue to enjoy the opportunity to earn miles through their travels.

This enhancement provides extra incentive for frequent flyers, making the partnership even more rewarding for those who choose to explore the world with these two reputable airlines.

Delta Air Lines comments

Alain Bellemare, Delta’s President of International, shared his insights on this strategic partnership: “At a time when we are seeing unprecedented demand for travel between North America and Africa, expanding our strategic partnership with Kenya Airways offers our customers more travel options as well as supports our priority to deepen our presence across the African continent.”

This move to strengthen the codeshare partnership capitalizes on the buoyant air travel market currently existing between the two continents.


Kenya Airways comments

Allan Kilavuka, Kenya Airways PLC CEO, explained the significance of this expansion: “Kenya Airways prides itself in connecting Africa to the world and the world to Africa.”

“The expansion of the codeshare is historic as it not only allows KQ to expand its footprint in the U.S., providing seamless connectivity on a single ticket for those traveling for business, leisure, or studies.”

“It also offers seamless connectivity to those visiting Africa for similar reasons through JFK into KQ’s hub at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi.”

Photo Credit: Delta Air Lines

A History of Excellence

Both Delta Air Lines and Kenya Airways bring a legacy of excellence to the table. Delta’s nonstop service between Africa and the United States, established in 2006, has been a cornerstone of transcontinental travel.

The airline currently operates flights from various African cities, including Accra, Dakar, Cape Town, Johannesburg, and Lagos. This extensive network showcases Delta’s commitment to facilitating seamless connections across continents.

On the other hand, Kenya Airways’ offer up daily flights from Nairobi to the U.S. via JFK airport in New York.

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