Kenya Airways (KQNA.NR) is experiencing flight disruptions due to delays in securing aircraft components required for maintenance, the carrier said late last week.
The airline, which is one of Africa’s biggest, may be forced to cut some flights if the challenges of getting the parts persist, Chief Executive Officer Allan Kilavuka said in a statement.
Kenya Airways planes are seen parked at the Jomo Kenyatta International airport near Kenya’s capital Nairobi, April 28, 2016. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
“The challenges have been occasioned by the Ukraine war crisis, which has significantly crippled the Russian supply chain crucial to global aviation,” he said.
He cited titanium from Russia as one of the key raw materials used by the aviation industry, and is crucial to the maintenance of planes.
Kenya Airways, whose strategy hinges on connecting African travellers to the world and vice-versa through its Nairobi hub, operates a fleet of Boeing and Embraer planes.