Kenya Airways’ chief executive officer Mbuvi Ngunze has been elected as the chairman of Kenya Association of Air Operators (KAAO) for a period of three years.
Mr Mbuvi, who also chairs the African Airline Association, is expected to lead the lobby in negotiations with the government on better taxation terms for airline operators, enhanced infrastructure and development of policies to open skies within the region, during his tenure.
KAAO promotes and protects the interests of those engaged in civil aviation and associated industries in the country.
The lobby also engages government on need for competition in the sector to further its development and enable the country to compete against strong markets such as the United Arab Emirates and Singapore.
Mr Mbuvi also sits in the boards of KQ’s lost cost carrier Jambojet, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy and the International Air Transport Association.
His appointment comes at a time when pilots have threatened to down their tools in the event that their demand to have all senior management of the national carrier resign from the company on grounds of poor leadership is not met.