Decorated KQ Pilot Given Memorable Send-off After Retiring

Joseph Kinuthia, the most highly decorated Kenya Airways pilot received a memorable send after he retired on Tuesday.

The veteran pilot received an avalanche of accolades as soon as the news of his retirement broke across various social media platforms.

A water cannon salute was accorded to Captain Kinuthia after he touched down at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) for the last time.

Befittingly, his last trip as captain was the New York-Nairobi flight as he was the same pilot given the task of leading the national airline into uncharted territory.

Captain Kinuthia (8th from right ) alongside his crew on his last landing

He led a team of three other pilots and 12 flight attendants in the first non-stop flight from Nairobi to New York, marking a major milestone in the airline’s as well as Kenya’s aviation history.

Captain Kinuthia retires having served the airline for a remarkable 42 years, during which he has accumulated over 25,000 hours of actual flying and 15,000 hours of simulated flight training.

During his exemplary career, Capt. Kinuthia has flown retired president Moi as well as the Pope.

“I have flown former President Daniel Moi many times. I flew him to Belgrade when Yugoslavia was one unit through KQ’s Boeing 707, then I flew him to Beijing and then to Auckland. Probably, the crowing of my flying is when I flew Pope John Paul II when he came to Nairobi,” he once recounted to The Standard.

Some of the tributes he received under the #captkinuthuaKQ


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