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Kenya Air CEO Open to SAA Pact as Ailing Carriers Restructure

  • Mikosz says options could span code-shares to a joint venture
  • Accord may help pair match Ethiopian, fend off Gulf challenge

Kenya Airways Plc could cozy up to rival South African Airways as the embattled companies seek to narrow the gap with the continent’s biggest carrier, Ethiopian Airlines Enterprise.

The Nairobi-based airline, sub-Saharan Africa’s third largest by passenger traffic, views a closer relationship with SAA, the No. 2, as a possibility amid turnaround efforts at the unprofitable operators, Chief Executive Officer Sebastian Mikosz said in an interview.