• Boeing Backs Africa’s First Aviation Hub by Kenya Airways

    Kenya Airways Fahari Innovation Hub aims to stimulate innovation and accelerate the development of the aviation industry across the continent.

    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates,  Nov. 17, 2021 - Boeing today announced a partnership with Kenya Airways to support its recently launched, Fahari Innovation Hub. The announcement ceremony took place at the Dubai Airshow 2021, with Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa, and Allan Kilavuka, Group Managing Director and CEO of Kenya Airways, in attendance.

    Launched in July 2021, the Kenya Airways’ Fahari Innovation Hub is a platform that brings together entrepreneurs and innovators to help accelerate the development of the aviation industry and tackle some of its current and future challenges.

    “We are very proud of our partnership with Kenya Airways to support their new startup hub. We share a common objective to discover and empower new talent that will accelerate the growth of our industry. The industry has been through a tough two years, but it is resilient and promises to become even more competitive and complex. We have the opportunity to enable new entrants that think outside of our norm and consider new approaches to our business, ” said Kuljit Ghata-Aura, president of Boeing Middle East, Turkey and Africa.

    Group CEO and MD, Kenya Airways, Allan Kilavuka stated: " While the pandemic came with extreme challenges for the aviation industry, it also brought along opportunities for reflection initiatives, one of them being the Fahari Innovation Hub. This not only enabled the presentation of new world class ideas that became part of the solutions to the challenges we faced but also brought together partners with whom we have worked together across the value chain in a bid to revive operations."

    The Fahari Innovation Hub is an autonomous and agile business unit, created within Kenya Airways. Boeing will support the hub through equipping the center with software, hardware, furnishing, and other essential requirements.

    Focused on being an epicenter for strategic innovation management, the center will offer opportunities for co-creation, collaboration, networking, research, and learning. It aims to stimulate innovation by providing expertise, resources, services, mediation, and support to other business functions and partner organizations.

    About Boeing

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    About Kenya Airways

    Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline currently flying to 46 destinations worldwide, 34 of which are in Africa. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 32 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. Kenya Airways celebrated 40 years of operations in January 2017 and was named Africa Leading Airline Brand 2020, Africa Leading Airline – Business and Economy Class 2020 by the World Travel Awards. For more information, please visit www.kenya-airways.com. Or call our 24HR Contact Centre: +254 20 327 4747, Twitter: @KenyaAirways, Facebook: Kenya Airways, Instagram: @OfficialKenyaAirways