Kenya Airways chairman Michael Joseph announced that the carrier and Air France plan to form a joint venture next year. 

The two airlines have an existing commercial partnership and operate flights under a codeshare agreement. Air France has its code on the African regional and European routes to Paris, Amsterdam, and London Heathrow. Kenya Airways codeshare on the French carrier’s regional European and North African flights.  

Michael Joseph also said that his airline expects to receive the regulatory exemptions needed to enter in partnership with the French airline by April 2018, when Air France will launch local services. The idea is for the two companies to work in partnership and not in competition.  

Kenya Airways has already submitted its request to the Competition Authority of Kenya (CAK) and hopes the deal to be finalized by next spring. The new joint-venture will also allow the Kenyan airline to fulfill its plans for starting flights to the USA next year.