How a Parts Shortage has Impacted Kenya Airways

Gallivant Africa

Kenya Airways has recently experienced flight disruptions as a result of a global challenge with the supply of some components. This has constrained their aircraft availability because they do not have extra aircraft capacity to help alleviate the delays. These challenges are global and affect not only Kenya Airways but all airlines that require parts and maintenance.

The challenges have been occasioned by the Ukraine war crisis which has significantly crippled the Russian
supply chain crucial to global aviation. The aviation supply chain is highly dependent on raw materials
from many countries including Russia. For example, 100% titanium used on Embraer and 35% titanium
used on Boeing are sourced from Russia. With a limited inventory, airlines have had to look worldwide to
find the parts they need.

Additionally, in Europe and North America, where most airlines get their components, manufacturers are
looking to ramp up the production of aircraft components to overcome delivery delays. However, that is
proving to be difficult because of a shortage of qualified workers. This has exacerbated the delay in supply
chains and compromised the availability of components for airlines.

Kenya Airways is committed, and are working with their partners, to find a solution that minimizes the disruptions and the inconvenience to customers. To that end, they are currently finalizing a component support
program that will help fast track the securing of components. Kenya Airways is actively engaging their OEM
(original equipment manufacturer) partners to work on mitigation measures which should ensure
continuity of our network and operations.

In the event that supply chain challenges persist, Kenya Airways may have changes in their flight schedules with reductions in some frequencies.

About Kenya Airways

Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 54 destinations worldwide, 41 of which are in Africa and carries over four million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 34 aircraft being some of the youngest in Africa. This includes its flagship B787
Dreamliner aircraft. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body
aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront
of connecting Africa to the World and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal
1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

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