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Kenya Airways, 748 Air Services in a real estate dispute

A Kenyan court ordered the removal of charter operator 748 Air Services (FE, Nairobi Wilson) from a property in Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta until a dispute between him and the national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta) has been heard and resolved.

On July 16, 2021, the senior magistrate of the Milimani Commercial Court, DM Kivuti, ordered the JKIA airport police station to execute the orders, reports The Standard newspaper. The charter company was not immediately available for comment.

This follows a lawsuit by Kenya Airways on the grounds that the national carrier was the registered owner of the property, claiming that 748 Air Services illegally occupied the facility and refused to vacate it despite numerous requests. “There is no justification, contractual or otherwise, to anchor the defendant’s continued occupation to vacate the property,” Kenya Airways said in an affidavit, accompanied by a copy of its title deed. The airline said it issued eviction notices to 748 Air Services, which sublet the property without notice or consent.

The court order prohibits the defendant from going any further, occupying, using, entering or using the property while awaiting a hearing. According to documents submitted to the court, Kenya Airways had bought the property at a public auction in July 2014 for 150 million KES shillings ($ 1.3 million). It was previously owned by African Airlines International (AIK, Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta).

According to advanced ch-aviation fleets module, 748 Air Services operates out of Wilson and Jomo Kenyatta airports with a fleet totaling 12 turboprop engines, including eight DHC-8-100 (including two leased to Avmax Aircraft Leasing), and four DHC-8-Q400 (one leased to Capitale Nordic Aviation). The carrier offers scheduled passenger flights throughout Kenya as well as humanitarian flights, oil and gas charters and government services.