The inaugural flight by Kenya Airways from Nairobi to Jeddah landed at King Abdulaziz International Airport on 19th October at 00:30 hrs with a full complement of passengers.
Present at the airport were a number of dignitaries, including H.E. Mohamud Saleh, The Ambassador of Kenya to the Kingdom, Mr Abraham Joseph, Kenya Airways Area Manager - Middle East & Pakistan amongst other executives from the airport authorities and Kenya Airways management team.The aircraft was greeted on its arrival by the Jeddah airport authorities. They were later introduced to the captain and co-pilot.
Kenya Airways 331 then departed Nairobi at 01:45 hrs, arriving in Nairobi at 05:50 hrs. Also on board were members from Kenya Airways management team.
Commenting on the inaugural flight, Mr. Abraham Joseph, Area Manager - Middle East & Pakistan for Kenya Airways said, "Saudi Arabia is a very important market for Kenya Airways and an important addition to the airline's growing Middle East network. We are delighted to welcome Jeddah as the 56th destination in our global network, and we look forward to extending our hospitality to guests on this new service. The initial response to the launch has been extremely encouraging and we look forward to rapidly establishing our presence in the Saudi Arabian market."
In addition to Jeddah, Kenya Airways also operates 10 weekly flights to Dubai and 3 to Muscat, in the Gulf with convenient onward connections to several cities in the African continent.