Airkenya Express, established in 1987 through the merger of Air Kenya and Sunbird Aviation, is a prominent airline based in Nairobi, Kenya. With its main hub at Wilson Airport, Nairobi, Airkenya operates both domestic scheduled and charter services, as well as scheduled flights to Tanzania. As of 2014, the airline carried 100,000 passengers, showcasing its vital role in East African aviation. Airkenya is a wholly Kenyan-owned entity and has two subsidiaries: Regional Air Services in Tanzania and AeroLink in Uganda.
Domestically, Airkenya Express connects Nairobi to various renowned Kenyan destinations including Amboseli, Lewa Downs, Maasai Mara, Meru, Nanyuki, and Samburu. Internationally, the airline extends its services to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Airkenya plays a significant role in promoting tourism in East Africa, providing reliable and convenient flight services to some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife destinations.
The Airkenya fleet, as of August 2017, comprises a mix of aircraft well-suited to the diverse and sometimes challenging airstrips they serve. This includes one De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 with 37 seats, three Cessna Grand Caravan C208Bs seating 11 passengers each, three De Havilland Canada DHC-6-300 Twin Otters with 18 seats each, and two De Havilland Canada Dash 7-100s with a capacity of 50 passengers each. The fleet is strategically chosen for its ability to operate in various airfield conditions.
- IATA: P2
- ICAO: XAK
Official site: www.airkenya.com