The Kenya Airways aircraft leased by Congo Airways arrived in the DRC on Sunday.
It was received by among others Prime Minister of DRC Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde Kyenge and Kenya’s Ambassador to DRC George Masafu.
DRC’s national aviation company is increasing its fleet by two Embraer E-190 planes under a partnership agreement with Kenya Airways.
“It is indeed the beginning of the materialisation of the common will of President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Felix Tshisekedi during the State visit, that of working together through various collaborations between the two countries, including in the aeronautics sector,” Ambassador Masafu said.
Congo Airways CEO Pascal Kasongo and his Kenya Airways counterpart Allan Kilavuka signed a contract on September 10, 2021 in Nairobi that allows Congo Airways to lease two Embraer E-190 planes from KQ.
“The acquisition of these two Embraer E-190 planes confirms Congo Airways’ desire to align with the vision of the Congolese Head of State. With a reinforced fleet, Congo Airways is able to make more flights available to users and improve air transport in the DRC,” Kenya’s embassy in DRC said on social media.
The contract is the first step in updating the MoU between Congo Airways and KQ, the conclusion of which took place in April 2021 during the state in the presence of Presidents Kenyatta and Tshisekedi.