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1977
Kenya Airways is established in February following the break up of the East African Community and subsequent disbanding of the jointly-owned East African Airways.
1986
The Government makes the first move towards privatization by publishing the Sessional Paper No.1 of 1986 on 'Economic Management for Renewed Growth '. The document for the first time, spells out the Government's intention to divest from corporations which could be run better by the private sector.
1991
A new board is appointed at Kenya Airways in April under the chairmanship of Mr. Philip Ndegwa with a mandate to commercialize and prepare the airline for privatization.
1992
A policy paper on Public Enterprise Reform and Privatization setting out policy objectives is issued in July. The policy paper gives high priority to the privatization of Kenya Airways.
1993/94
Commercialization process produces the first profits.
1995
An IFC information memorandum is sent to 154 airlines in search of a 'strategic partner' culminating in the eventual selection of KLM. This takes place in May 1995.
1995
Shareholders' Agreement and a Master Cooperation Agreement with KLM are concluded in December.
1996
An Initial Public Offer for shares is issued in March.
1997
Delivery of the first of four new Boeing 737-300 aircraft dedicated to domestic and African regional services.
Kenya Airways Msafiri frequent flier programme merges with KLM's Flying Dutchman frequent flier programme.
1999
Voted African Airline of the Year by African Aviation Magazine ( UK based publication).
Voted Best Regional Airline in Eastern Africa by Travel News (a Kenyan publication).
2000
Named African Airline of the Year for the second year running by African Aviation Magazine.
Voted runner-up in the award for the Most Respected Company in East Africa by business leaders surveyed by PricewaterhouseCoopers and Nation Media Group.
2001
Voted Best User of Information Technology in Kenya by the Computer Society of Kenya .
Named African Airline of the Year for third year running by African Aviation Magazine.
2003
Kenya Airways acquires 49% shareholding in Precision Air, a Tanzanian carrier.
2004
Kenya Airways scoops triple win as Best Domestic Airline 2003, Best Regional Airline 2002 and 2003 and Best In-flight Magazine 2002 and 2003 by Travel News & Lifestyle Magazine.
Delivery of the first state-of-the-art Boeing 777 as part of the airline's fleet expansion and the 6th Boeing 767 aircraft.
2005
October 2005 – KQ achieves IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) becoming the 1st carrier in sub-Saharan to get this rigorous safety certification.
Kenya Airways voted East Africa 's Most Respected Company.
Kenya Airways launches new route to Lubumbashi , Democratic Republic of Congo in February.
Delivery of a second new Boeing 777-200ER in April.
Kenya Airways announces record results for 2004/05, with profit after tax up 198% to Ksh. 3,882 million (US$ 50m).
Kenya Airways launches new route to Istanbul , Turkey in June.
Delivery of a third new Boeing 777-200ER in June.
Kenya Airways launches new route to Bamako , Mali and Dakar , Senegal in July.
2006
Kenya Airways voted East Africa 's Most Respected Company for the second year running
Kenya Airways announces another record profit after tax of Ksh. 4,829 million for the year ended March 31st 2006, being 24% above the previous year's result of Kshs. 3,882 million.
Kenya Airways wins the prestigious African Aviation Award awarded by the African Aviation Magazine in March
In January, Kenya Airways opened a new ticketing office at the Village Market in Nairobi
2007
Kenya Airways awarded a 2 year renewal on its IOSA (IATA Operational Safety Audit) registration.
Kenya Airways joins SkyTeam as an Assosiate Airline
Kenya Airways opens a Leadeship center - Pride Center
Kenya Airways opens a Flying Blue Service Center
Kenya Airways launches new routes to Monrovia, Cotonou and Mayotte
2008
COYA (Company of the Year) top awards for strategic planning and emergency preparedness as well as Manager of the Year to HR Director Paul Kasimu.
Travel News & Lifestyle Magazine votes Kenya Airways as African Airline of Choice, Best Regional Airline,Flying Blue voted the best Frequent Flier program and Msafiri - Best inflight magazine


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