Thursday, May 16, 2013

More Air Freight Services As African Airline Gains IATA Certification for Dangerous Goods

First Dedicated Cargo Plane Converted as KQ Also Attains Accreditation to Train Forwarders
Shipping News Feature

AFRICA – Kenya Airways (KQ) Pride Centre, a training facility run by the national carrier, has been granted a new global certification by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The new certification from the association designates the centre as an IATA Accredited Training School, allowing it to deliver endorsed training programmes in the field of Dangerous Goods Regulations to shippers, freight forwarders, airlines and governments.

This is the third certification that KQ Pride Centre has received from IATA, making it the only centre globally to have attained all three IATA certifications. Kenya Airways Group managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Titus Naikuni, said:

“The conferment of the certification was an important recognition of the centre’s overall ability to provide quality training that meets strict criteria as set out by IATA, leading industry experts and member airlines. This is a huge endorsement of our efforts to deliver quality training that meets international aviation standards and recognition of KQ Pride Centre as a global training facility of excellence. We welcome individuals, organisations, airlines and governments to take advantage of our expertise to build their own competencies.”

In 2011, the institution was certified by IATA as an Approved Training Centre to offer IATA Training Programmes in the fields of aviation, travel and tourism, cargo and dangerous goods regulations. The centre also holds the Regional Training Partners certification that allows it to offer a selection of IATA classroom courses and diploma programmes delivered by IATA instructors with IATA course material, allowing participants to enjoy a similar learning experience to that of any IATA Training Centre in the world. Congratulating KQ Pride Centre, the Head of Global Partnership and Learning Innovation at IATA, Ismail Albaidhani, said:

“We are very proud that Kenya Airways is IATA’s first and only global training partner to embark on all three partnership programmes with IATA [Approved Training Centre (ATC), Regional Training Partners (RTP) and now Accredited Training School (ATS)]. This truly is an indicator of KQ’s commitment to developing the people of our industry in all the related segments and it gives us true pleasure to work with you closely on the three partnership programmes.”

The airline has also launched its first fully owned cargo plane, a Boeing B737-300, which has a cargo capacity of 20 tonnes and is the first of four passenger aircraft owned by the airline which were identified for conversion into freighters in October 2012 to strengthen its freight business as Kenya Airways Cargo seeks to contain the surge in demand for cargo services in some of the regional routes where it operates the much smaller Embraer jets that have limited cargo capacity.

The converted freighter will serve Eastern, Central and Southern Africa with planned destinations including Juba, South Sudan; Luanda, Angola; Bangui, Central African Republic; Douala, Cameroon; Yaoundé, Cameroon; Kigali, Rwanda; Entebbe, Uganda; Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo; and Bujumbura, Burundi, amongst others.

The converted freighter is also expected to further present value addition through channelling of cargo flows from China to various African destinations, a perfect business solution for the in-feed, de-feed capacity mismatch that currently exists. Kenya Airways plans to have 12 freighters in its fleet by 2022 under its 10-year growth strategy.

Photo: Another pallet boarding a Kenya Airways aircraft.