Kenya Airways (KA) has a rich history that dates back to when it was a member of the legendary East African Airways consortium.
In 1946, the regional airline catered for Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, with its headquarters stationed in Nairobi.
Unfortunately, the harmonious relations among these countries didn’t stand the test of time, leading to the disintegration of the East African Community. This, in turn, marked the demise of East African Airways.
In 1977, Kenya Airways emerged from the remnants of the former regional airline, East African Airways. By this time, Korea already had a well-established aviation sector, represented by Korean Air, and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) had already assigned them the aviation code ‘KA.’
Due to Kenya’s late entry, the code KQ was allocated to them. This delineates why the reference to the Kenya Airways airline is KQ rather than KA.
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IATA, an aviation organization collaborating with airlines globally to champion safety and dependability, is also responsible for setting benchmarks in the aviation industry, from packaging to ticketing.
Boasting a membership of 290 airlines hailing from 120 countries, IATA was founded in Montreal, Canada, in 1945, with an initial registration of 57 airlines. Today, this association oversees 83 percent of the world’s air traffic.