Is This Ad for Jobs at Kenya Airways Legitimate?

This post claims to advertise jobs for pilots at Kenya Airways, even listing some qualifications for the job. The same poster was shared on Facebook with a similar claim.


A section of Kenya Airways’ pilots commenced an industrial strike on November 5, 2022, citing unresolved grievances between the national carrier and its contracted pilots. According to the Kenya Airline Pilots Association, the pilots claim that the airline’s management had not come up with a solution for the issues which include withdrawal of the staff provident fund and harassment of union officials.

The stagnation of activities by KQ pilots reportedly cost the airline more than Sh300 million per day. By the evening of November 5, 2022, 52 flights had either been canceled or delayed as a result of the strike, leaving up to 12,000 passengers stranded.


The poster was first shared by a satirical news account on Twitter on November 6, 2022, gathering more than 900 reactions within the first 24 hours. The flight labeled ‘2NKenyaAirways’ on the poster is a manipulated image of Kenya Airways flight number 5Y-KYN. The original image that was used in an article by The Citizen does not contain the ‘2N’ added in the poster.

Kenya Airways advertised 5 job openings for various positions including a pilot through its official LinkedIn account on November 4, 2022. The post further clarifies the qualifications for the role. See screengrab below.


The qualifications listed in the poster are MISLEADING.

This fact check was published by Africa Uncensored with support from Code for Africa’s PesaCheck and African Fact-Checking Alliance.

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