By NATION Correspondent
A price war looms on the Nairobi to London route, with the scheduled entry of East African Safari Air at reduced fares.
The airline will introduce five flights a week on the route, beginning December 1, 2003, at reduced economy class fares of US$600 (Sh46,200), chief executive officer Anthony Kegode announced on Tuesday.
The route is currently dominated by British Airways and Kenya Airways.
SN Brussels, Swiss Air and Emirates Airlines have been edging into the UK routes via Brussels and Dubai respectively.
Current fares range from US$800 (Sh61,600) and US$1000 (Sh77,000) for economy class to $2, 200 (Sh169,400) for business class.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Mr Kegode said that their "passengers can connect to the world through our interline and code-sharing agreements."
The firm has purchased a second Boeing 767-300ER named "Mary Redmund" to service the new route.
Four of the direct flights will commence from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport to Heathrow, while the fifth flight on Sunday will be from Mombasa to Heathrow direct.