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Allowances And Salaries Of Kenya Airways (KQ) Pilots

How much does a Kenya Airways (abbreviated as KQ) earn per month? This is among the many queries that you will find on search engines.

For starters, KQ was founded on 22 January 1977 after the collapse of the East African Community and subsequent winding up of operations of the East African Airways (EAA).

The airline fortunes have been on a downward spiral quickly losing luster as the ‘Pride of Africa’. KQ has been dogged by pilots strikes and suffered heavy losses over the years.

According to KQ website, the airlines has a total of 32 aircrafts. KQ carries over three million passengers annually in the 51 destinations it flies. 43 of these destinations are in Africa.


KQ was wholly owned by the Kenyan Government until April 1995 when it was privatized. The company is now a public private partnership. With the shareholders as indicated below (Source Wikipedia):

Government of Kenya-48.9 %

KQ Lenders Company 2017 Ltd-38.1%


Private Owners-5.2%

Changes at the apex of KQ was informed by the need to resuscitate the company to profitable. Sebastian Mikosz was brought in as Kenya Airways Group’s managing director and chief executive officer (CEO). Sebastian was to later on be replaced by Allan Kilavuka.

Former Safaricom CEO Michael Joseph was appointed as the airline’s chairman in 2016.

Allowances and salaries of Kenya Airways pilots

KQ pilots have downed their tools on several occasions to demand for better enumeration. The carrier has a total of 414 pilots and 38 planes that are operational.

According to a Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) entered between Kenya Airline Pilots Association (Kalpa) and the Government that was to take effect in 2018, pilots maternity cover was to be upped to kes200,000 from kes40,000.

Inpatient cover was to go upwards of Ksh4 million from Ksh2.7 million. Outpatient cover was pegged at Ksh200,000 per family from the previous Ksh40,000 for not more than six individuals.

Pilots account to 45 percent of the carrier’s wage bill.

Salary of KQ Pilots

Captains-Captains earn an average monthly salary of Ksh1.6 million

Gross Salary for pilots flying Boeing-Ksh483,350

Pilots flying Embraer-Ksh407,916

House allowance for captains-Ksh36,000

First Officers-Ksh30,814

Pilots flying outside Kenya-Ksh20,000

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