Kenya Airways warns of disruptions in holiday season due to spare parts shortages

A Kenya Airways passenger Embraer 190 plane manoeuvres at the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) Museum Air Show Festival in conjunction with the Aero Club at the Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi, Kenya, May 28, 2022. REUTERS/Monicah Mwangi/File Photo
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During the busy Christmas holiday season, Kenya Airways (KQNA.NR) has informed its customers that they should be prepared for possible interruptions to the flight schedule that the airline may experience owing to a lack of spare components.

According to the airline, flights would be disrupted for around two weeks, one of Africa’s most significant. The shortage of components, which is impacting the worldwide supply chain, is causing concern.

“These challenges are leading to extended ground time for our aircraft for maintenance,” the company said in a statement that Reuters viewed on Monday. “This may also lead to the grounding of one or more of our aircraft.”

In January of this year, the airline made its first public announcement about the difficulties it was experiencing due to a lack of replacement parts. At the time, it was believed that the shortages were caused by the conflict in Ukraine, which had a crippling effect on the Russian supply chain for international aviation.

According to the corporation’s statement, the conflict had disrupted the supply of titanium from Russia, a crucial raw material for the aviation industry and maintenance of flying machines.

To fulfill its mission of linking African travelers to the rest of the globe and vice versa through its hub in Nairobi, Kenya Airways has a fleet of aircraft that includes both Boeing and Embraer aircraft.


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