(Updates with airline's comments)
By Humphrey Malalo
NAIROBI Oct 11 A major Kenyan pilots' union has
called for an indefinite strike beginning Oct. 18 to protest
what it described as poor management at the troubled national
carrier Kenya Airways, the union's general secretary said on
"We have no confidence in the airline's recovery," said a
circular from Capt. Paul Gichinga, the head of the Kenya Airline
Pilots Association (KALPA).
"KALPA's members will from 5:00 a.m. (local time) Tuesday
18th of October down their tools until a comprehensive change of
guard at Kenya Airways is effected."
Kenya Airways, which ferries 12,000 passengers
daily on a fleet on Boeing and Embraer planes, said it would
issue a statement on the strike notice on Wednesday.
Last month Kenya Airways, which is 27 percent-owned by Air
France KLM, said it was seeking foreign investors to
raise cash. The company has said it needs about 70 billion
shillings ($692 million).
Kenya Airways has been reducing and modernising its fleet,
selling land and cutting jobs to recover from losses caused by a
slump in tourism.
(Writing by Katharine Houreld; Editing by Mark Trevelyan and