Shout-Africa Business News – KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has started their new flight schedule to Kigali with an intermediate stopover in Entebbe. The new service is operated using Airbus A330-200 equipment, offering seats for up to 243 passengers: with up to 30 in World Business and 213 in Economy Class.
In cooperation with Air France, KLM is offering new destinations and higher flight frequencies in Africa effective this week. Cooperation with partner Kenya Airways has also been expanded. KLM and Air France’s capacity has been raised by more than 4% this winter in comparison with last year. This winter, together the airlines will be serving 43 African destinations at a frequency of more than 200 flights a week, strengthening KLM’s position in Africa.
Throughout winter, KLM will offer daily flights to and from Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. In summer 2011, schedules services to Tripoli will be raised from six to seven flights a week. Additionally, weekly flights to Abuja/ Kano will be increased from three to four and to Entebbe/Kigali from five to six.
Partnership with Kenya Airways
Cooperation with Kenya Airways will allow KLM to offer a more extensive network with even more destinations and higher frequencies in Eastern Africa. Operating from the its Nairobi hub, Kenya Airways offers flights to destinations including Ndola, Harare, Mombassa, Lusaka, Lilongwe, Bujumbura and Zanzibar. In cooperation with Kenya Airways, Air France also offers flights to destinations including Dzaoudzi and Moroni via Nairobi.
On its routes to Africa, KLM largely operates flights with modern Airbus A330-200 and Boeing 777-200 aircraft, aged 4.7 years on average. All of the aircraft offer passengers the latest personal inflight entertainment systems. KLM has also introduced an Economy Comfort zone for greater comfort during the flight.