NAIROBI (HAN) July 28.2016. Public Diplomacy & Regional Security News. By SANDRA CHAO-BLASTO. Troubled carrier Kenya Airways, known by its international code as KQ, has defended its partnership with Dutch airline KLM following allegations by the pilot’s lobby that the alliance is a liability to the carrier.
KQ board Chairman, Dennis Awori, in a statement to newsrooms said that KLM was both a shareholder and business partner of the airline, adding that the relationship was crucial if Kenya Airways needed to expand its network at a lower cost.
“We believe that this partnership is a key enabler in achieving our turnaround in the short term. Our network strategy is based on the airline’s view of the level of capacity we need to avail to return to profitability,” he said.
Mr Awori refuted claims made by pilots yesterday through their lobby (KALPA) that Kenya Airways’ management was bringing in KLM employees without a competitive recruitment process.
“All employees at Kenya Airways have been selected based on merit and KLM as our partner and shareholder has assisted in identifying the right talent for key positions at Kenya Airways. The airline has a comprehensive succession plan and all management director interviews and appointments are undertaken by the Board,” he said.