Ethiopian airlines dethroned by Kenyan airways, named African leading airline

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Kenya Airways has been awarded ‘leading airline in Africa’ 

The last time Kenya Airways bagged this award was in 2016 and 2017, making the timing very encouraging for the airlines because it shows recovery from the blow dealt by COVID-19

For three years starting from 2018, Ethiopian Airlines had held this prestigious award, but it was South African Airways who had dominated this scene for the twenty one years from 1994 to 2015.

Although Ethiopian Airlines won the award for the leading brand and economy class, Kenya Airways’ business class emerged on top. The news of the award is met by mixed reactions, though, given that Kenya Airways has financially struggled to remain profitable in the recent past. 

Reportedly, the company had 11.48 billion Kenyan Shillings (around USD 100 million) in net losses in the six months ending June 2021, saying that the operating environment was still being negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.