Kenya Airways is experiencing flight disruptions due to delays in securing aircraft components required for maintenance.
In a statement on Monday of 9th January 2023, KQ Managing Director and CEO Allan Kilavuka said the delays have been caused by global challenges in the supply of some aircraft components.
“We wish to inform our customers that we are experiencing some flight disruptions as a result of delays in getting our aircraft, which are undergoing scheduled maintenance,” he said.
The airline, which is one of Africa’s biggest, may be forced to cut some flights if the challenges of getting the parts persist.
Kilavuka added that the national carrier does not have extra aircraft capacity to help alleviate the delays.“These challenges are global and affect not only Kenya Airways but all airlines globally.”
He added that the challenges have been occasioned by the Ukraine war crisis which has significantly crippled the Russian supply chain crucial to global aviation.
According to Kilavuka, aviation supply chain is highly dependent on raw materials from many countries including Russia.
“For example, 100 per cent of the titanium used on Embraer and 35 per cent of the titanium used on Boeing are sourced from Russia,” he said.
“With a limited inventory, airlines have had to look worldwide to find the parts they need. Additionally, in Europe and North America, where most airlines get their components, manufacturers are looking to ramp up the production of aircraft components to overcome delivery delays.
He assured KQ customers that they are working towards reducing the impact of the supply chain delays on the airline’s operations.