@BusinessDaily

Aircraft imports surge in poll year

9 months ago, 11 Jan 18:49

By: Lynet Igadwah

Kenya aircraft imports rebounded 57 per cent in nine months to last September, aided by a tax waiver in an election year that saw politicians take the battle for votes to the skies. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows aircraft and associated equipment imports increased by Sh3.7 billion to Sh10.1 billion in the year to September from Sh6.4 billion recorded in the previous year. The 2017 political campaigns were characterised by branded helicopters as politicians took to the sky in style in order to boost voter appeal. Aside from the ultimate political statement, the air machines are preferred for their speed which is a convenience for politicians to shuttle across the country. Northwood Aviation chairman Raval Guru said demand for choppers ahead of the August 8 poll was higher compared to weeks to the 2013 General Election. Stakes in the August 8 General Election were high going by revelations by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) that politicians owned nearly half of the registered choppers in the country. Kenya had a total of 86 helicopters and more than 100 trained pilots as at April 2017, according to the aviation regulator. The increased use of choppers emerged in a year of recovery for the national carrier. Over the years, the national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) #ticker:KQ and government have been the drivers of aircraft import bill given their big-ticket purchases compared to individuals and corporate bodies. Emerging security threats like terrorism have seen Kenyan military and police focus on upgrading their fleet over the years to boost preparedness. Last year, the troubled national carrier sold two Boeing 737-700 airplanes, marking its latest efforts to reduce its fleet in a bid to shore up its financial position. Restructuring its fleet, including selling aircraft and sub-leasing to other airlines has been one of KQ’s focus areas in recent years as it seeks to return to profitability. The company sub-leased two B787-8 Dreamliners to Oman Air and three B777-300ERs to Turkish Airlines in the year ended March, booking a Sh2.6 billion loss in the deals. Last year, the Treasury removed value added tax (VAT) on the importation of aircraft spare parts to ease the burden on aircraft operators.
Read More


Category: business news

Suggested

8 hours ago, 00:20
@StandardMedia - By: Nzau Musau
Kenya Power switches off poles cartel

Suppliers will no longer need to go through Kewopa, which had exclusive rights. ...

Category: business news
17 hours ago, 16:02
@CapitalFMNews - By: Correspondent
30 KRA, quality standards officials arrested over contraband imports

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 - At least 30 senior officials of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) have been arrested by Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business
17 hours ago, 15:42
@CapitalFMNews - By: Correspondent
30 KRA officials arrested over contraband imports

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 - At least 30 senior officials of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business
20 hours ago, 12:43
@TheEastAfrican - By: Christopher Kidan ...
Tazara flyover done, now in use

The overpass is expected to eventually reduce traffic jams by 80 per cent. ...

Category: topnews news business
20 hours ago, 12:54
@StandardMedia - By: Valentine Kondo
These are negative, positive news if Kenya failed to implement president’s bill

If Kenya failed to implement the above bill, then it means that IMF would have withdrawn Sh100 billion credit facility from the country hence Kenya ...

Category: business news
23 hours ago, 10:04
@CapitalFMNews - By: Correspondent
KRA shuts down alcohol plant in Kariobangi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 - The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has shut down a premise at Kariobangi in Nairobi on suspicion of operating illegally as an Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business

@BusinessDaily

Aircraft imports surge in poll year

9 months ago, 11 Jan 18:49

By: Lynet Igadwah
Kenya aircraft imports rebounded 57 per cent in nine months to last September, aided by a tax waiver in an election year that saw politicians take the battle for votes to the skies. Data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) shows aircraft and associated equipment imports increased by Sh3.7 billion to Sh10.1 billion in the year to September from Sh6.4 billion recorded in the previous year. The 2017 political campaigns were characterised by branded helicopters as politicians took to the sky in style in order to boost voter appeal. Aside from the ultimate political statement, the air machines are preferred for their speed which is a convenience for politicians to shuttle across the country. Northwood Aviation chairman Raval Guru said demand for choppers ahead of the August 8 poll was higher compared to weeks to the 2013 General Election. Stakes in the August 8 General Election were high going by revelations by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) that politicians owned nearly half of the registered choppers in the country. Kenya had a total of 86 helicopters and more than 100 trained pilots as at April 2017, according to the aviation regulator. The increased use of choppers emerged in a year of recovery for the national carrier. Over the years, the national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) #ticker:KQ and government have been the drivers of aircraft import bill given their big-ticket purchases compared to individuals and corporate bodies. Emerging security threats like terrorism have seen Kenyan military and police focus on upgrading their fleet over the years to boost preparedness. Last year, the troubled national carrier sold two Boeing 737-700 airplanes, marking its latest efforts to reduce its fleet in a bid to shore up its financial position. Restructuring its fleet, including selling aircraft and sub-leasing to other airlines has been one of KQ’s focus areas in recent years as it seeks to return to profitability. The company sub-leased two B787-8 Dreamliners to Oman Air and three B777-300ERs to Turkish Airlines in the year ended March, booking a Sh2.6 billion loss in the deals. Last year, the Treasury removed value added tax (VAT) on the importation of aircraft spare parts to ease the burden on aircraft operators.
Read More

Category: business news

Suggested

8 hours ago, 00:20
@StandardMedia - By: Nzau Musau
Kenya Power switches off poles cartel

Suppliers will no longer need to go through Kewopa, which had exclusive rights. ...

Category: business news
17 hours ago, 16:02
@CapitalFMNews - By: Correspondent
30 KRA, quality standards officials arrested over contraband imports

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 - At least 30 senior officials of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) have been arrested by Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business
17 hours ago, 15:42
@CapitalFMNews - By: Correspondent
30 KRA officials arrested over contraband imports

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 - At least 30 senior officials of the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) have been arrested by detectives from the Directorate of Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business
20 hours ago, 12:43
@TheEastAfrican - By: Christopher Kidan ...
Tazara flyover done, now in use

The overpass is expected to eventually reduce traffic jams by 80 per cent. ...

Category: topnews news business
20 hours ago, 12:54
@StandardMedia - By: Valentine Kondo
These are negative, positive news if Kenya failed to implement president’s bill

If Kenya failed to implement the above bill, then it means that IMF would have withdrawn Sh100 billion credit facility from the country hence Kenya ...

Category: business news
23 hours ago, 10:04
@CapitalFMNews - By: Correspondent
KRA shuts down alcohol plant in Kariobangi

NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 22 - The Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has shut down a premise at Kariobangi in Nairobi on suspicion of operating illegally as an Kenya breaking news | Kenya news today | ...

Category: business
Our App