Kenya Airways Expands Codeshare Partnership with South African Airways

Kenya Airways expands its codeshare partnership with SAA, introducing direct flights to South America from December 2023.

Kenya Airways Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner
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Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced an expansion of its codeshare partnership with South African Airways (SA) to include direct flights from South Africa to South America, starting December 2023.

Direct Flights to Brazil

Customers can now journey to Sao Paulo, Brazil, via Johannesburg on a single ticket. This is facilitated by KQ’s codeshare on the recently reintroduced South Africa Airways flight to Sao Paulo (GRU).

The benefits for travellers include simplified logistics, reduced layover times, and an enhanced overall travel experience from Kenya to Brazil.


“Together, we are dedicated to providing passengers with unmatched travel options, world-class services, and an expanded global reach.”

Julius Thairu, Chief Commercial and Customer Officer at Kenya Airways

Direct Route: A Contrast to Current Options

In a statement, Kenya Airways and South African Airways outlined their collaboration, which offers customers the most direct route between Africa and South America.

This direct route provides a clear departure from current options that typically require extended layovers in the Middle East, Europe, or North America.