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Kenya Airways to receive new Boeing

09 September 2013, 17:44

Nairobi - Kenya Airways is set to receive the first of three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft in October this year to commence revenue service in the following month.

Officials said the new state-of-the-art aircraft will be the largest in the airline’s fleet to date.

The company believes with a seating capacity of 400- 28Premier World and 372 Economy-and long-range flying capability, this new addition would also offer excellent passenger experience.

 “This will be the largest aircraft in our fleet. Our current B777-200ER aircraft has a seating capacity of 322 passengers while this one has 400 seats. It will give our business a major lift due to its enhanced product quality, excellent range and impressive cargo capacity ( more than 7,000 cubic feet of cargo volume; over 20 metric tons)," Titus Naikuni, Kenya Airways Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, said.

"The Boeing 777-300ER aircraft is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of new long-haul routes in the near future,” Naikuni added.

This acquisition is part of Kenya Airways 10-year strategic plan dubbed ‘Project Mawingu’ in which the airline targets to increase its fleet size from the current 44 to 107 aircrafts by 2021 and destinations from the current 62 to 115.

The new Boeing 777-300ER will commence direct flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou from November this year.

The Boeing 777-300ER will be the fourth aircraft that Kenya Airways will receive this year, after three Embraer 190 jets delivered in January, February and August, respectively.

Two more B777-300ER aircraft are expected to be delivered in mid-2014.

The airline has also ordered nine Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircrafts, the first of which is to be delivered in early 2014.

- CAJ News

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