Pan African Airline is a new startup Kenyan airline. Kenyan president, Uhuru Kenyatta, announced on New Year's Eve 2021 that a new Kenyan airline — Pan African Airline — would be set to launch in 2023. The new airline is being established as a joint partnership between two airlines, Kenya Airways (Kenya’s national flag carrier) and South African Airways. The partnership came about because both these airlines are looking to expand their global coverage as well as encourage greater tourism to and within African countries. The airline will likely share two two hubs, between Johannesburg in South Africa and Nairobi, Kenya.
Pan African, the new joint partnership between Kenya Airways and South African Airways has yet to launch and it is not yet possible to book flights with this airline.
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It is not yet known what routes will be served by this newly established airline.
As the airline is in an early stage of startup, it has yet to announce what the baggage allowance will be for passengers. Both Kenya Airways and South African Airways offer passengers complementary carry-on baggage included in the price of the ticket, so it is likely that the newly established airline will also do the same.
Unfortunately, further information regarding the ticket fares and checked baggage allowance has yet to be announced.
It is not yet known whether online check-in is available.
The airline has yet to publish an announcment regarding recommended check-in times. However, in most instances it is recommended that passengers arrive as early as possible, usually about 2 hours before scheduled departure.
It is not yet known what aircraft the newly established airline will use; nor whether these will be purchased or repurposed from an existing fleet.
It is not yet known what cabin class fares will be available. However, it is likely that the majority of seats will be in an Economy Class cabin.
Within Economy, the airline may offer tiered ticket fares, which determine different levels of flexibility — whether the ticket is refundable or whether the dates can be changed, for example.
It is not yet known whether Pan African Airline will offer a cabin upgrade on Economy. If it chooses to do so, this could be in the form of premium seating and/or a Business Class cabin.
South African Airways is part of Star Alliance, the biggest international alliance of airlines. Kenya Airways is a member of SkyTeam, another major airline alliance program. It is not yet known which network Pan African Airline will be part of.
The airline will likely maintain a primary hub at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (NBO), the international airport serving Kenya’s capital city, Nairobi. As well as also being the primary hub for parent airline Kenya Airways, the airport is also a hub for Jambojet, Fly540 and African Express Airways.
O. R. Tambo International Airport (JNB) will also serve as a hub for the airline. Tambo serves the city of Johannesburg in South Africa, and is the busiest airport in Africa. As well as being the primary hub for South African Airways, the airport also serves as a hub for the following airlines: Airlink, British Airways, CemAir, FlySafair, LIFT Airline and Mango.
It is not yet possible to book flights with Pan African Airlines. However, you can search and book flights with the alternative airlines, all of which operate flights to/from Kenya and South Africa:
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A new partnership between Kenya Airways and South African Airways has been confirmed by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Operations are expected to begin in 2023. It is believed that a new partnership will offer both carriers the best chance to stay solvent following the challenges of the Coronavirus pandemic, allowing both companies to reorganise assets and make the the South African and Kenyan aviation sector more competitive. More information regarding the new airline remains limited.
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