Kenya Airways (KQ) has started the process of converting four of its Boeing B737-300 passenger aircraft into freighters in a move to enhance its cargo business in the region. Cargo accounted for 8.2 per cent of the airline’s business in the last financial year. Two converted planes will join the fleet by February and June 2013 and replace the smaller Embraer jets that have smaller belly cargo capacity. In the next few years, KQ hopes to have a dozen aircraft in its freighter fleet.
The expansion of cargo capacity will put KQ in direct competition with Ethiopian Airways, Egypt Air and South African Airways.