In the realm of aviation, where precision and safety reign supreme, the bond between a pilot and their co-pilot is an unbreakable one. At Kenya Airways (KQ), this bond takes on a special dimension as several family members have chosen to share their passion for flying by working together as co-pilots.
From father-daughter duos to husband-wife teams, these families are defying stereotypes and redefining what it means to soar through the skies together.
A Love Story Born in the Skies: Captain Ronald Karauri and Captain Ruth Karauri
For Captain Ronald Karauri and Captain Ruth Karauri, their love story took flight during KQ’s training program in Addis Ababa. Their shared passion for aviation ignited a spark that has propelled them to become one of the most experienced and respected pilot couples in the industry. With over a decade of flying together, they have navigated countless challenges and witnessed breathtaking moments, all from the comfort of their shared cockpit.
Following in Dad’s Footsteps: Captain Joe Mutungi and Captain Irene Koki Mutungi
Captain Joe Mutungi’s passion for aviation inspired his daughter, Irene Koki Mutungi, to pursue a career in the skies. After completing her high school education, Koki enrolled in a flight school at Wilson Airport at the age of 17. Her determination and talent paved the way for her to become the first and only female pilot in Kenya for six years. Today, she flies alongside her father, Captain Joe Mutungi, creating a legacy of excellence in the aviation industry.
A Father-Daughter Team Takes to the Skies: Captain Paul Mwangi and Captain Emma Mwangi
In 2019, aviation history was made when Captain Paul Mwangi and his daughter, Captain Emma Mwangi, became the first father-daughter pilot team in the history of Kenya Airways. Their shared journey began in 2003 when Emma witnessed her father take off on Kenya’s maiden flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Inspired by his passion and the thrill of flight, Emma embarked on her own path to becoming a pilot. Today, they soar through the skies together, a testament to the power of family bonds and the pursuit of dreams.
A Legacy of Excellence: Captain Constant Oteri and Captain Anita Oteri
Captain Constant Oteri, a seasoned pilot with over 29,000 hours in the sky, has passed down his passion for aviation to his daughter, Captain Anita Oteri. Anita, who initially studied Finance at the United States International University (USIU), eventually followed in her father’s footsteps, joining Kenya Airways in May 2019. Today, they fly together, upholding a legacy of excellence and inspiring future generations of aviators.
A Father-Son Duo Soars to New Heights: Captain Peter Maranga and Captain Emmanuel Maranga
Captain Peter Maranga, a retired pilot with 30 years of experience at KQ, is proud to have passed on his love for flying to his son, Captain Emmanuel Maranga. Before Captain Peter’s retirement in 2020, the two had the opportunity to fly together, a cherished moment that solidified their bond and highlighted the enduring power of family traditions. Today, Captain Emmanuel Maranga continues to soar through the skies, carrying on his father’s legacy and honoring his family’s commitment to aviation.
These extraordinary family co-pilots represent the very best of Kenya Airways, embodying the values of teamwork, professionalism, and a deep commitment to safety. Their stories serve as an inspiration to aspiring aviators and a testament to the unbreakable bonds that can be forged through a shared passion for soaring to new heights.