Parts shortages impact Kenya Airways, cause flight disruptions

posted on 10th January 2023 by Eddie Saunders
Parts shortages impact Kenya Airways, cause flight disruptions

Duncan MiririReuters News

Kenya Airways is experiencing flight disruptions due to delays in securing aircraft components required for maintenance, the carrier said late on Monday.

The airline, which is one of Africa’s biggest, may be forced to cut some flights if the challenges of getting the parts persist, Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka said in a statement.

“The challenges have been occasioned by the Ukraine war crisis, which has significantly crippled the Russian supply chain crucial to global aviation,” he said.

He cited titanium from Russia as one of the key raw materials used by the aviation industry, and is crucial to the maintenance of planes.

Kenya Airways, whose strategy hinges on connecting African travellers to the world and vice-versa through its Nairobi hub, operates a fleet of Boeing and Embraer planes.

(Reporting by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Jacqueline Wong and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)