Kenya Airlines expands long-haul fleet

Kenya Airlines expands long-haul fleet

New Boeing 777 to enable launch of direct flights to China

New Boeing 777 to enable launch of direct flights to China

 

Kenya Airways staff celebrate the arrival of the new Boeing 777
Kenya Airways staff celebrate the arrival of the new Boeing 777

Kenya Airlines has taken delivery of a new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.

The wide-body jet, which has been leased from to GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), comes configured with 400 seats – 28 in its Premier World business class and 372 in economy – with all seats featuring USB ports, power sockets and new in-flight entertainment systems.

“The delivery of this Boeing 777-300ER aircraft marks a key milestone for us at Kenya Airways. Its long-haul capability is a perfect fit for our network expansion plans as it will enable us serve our existing long-range markets much more effectively and facilitate the opening of routes in the near future,” said Kenya Airways’ group managing director & CEO, Dr Titus Naikuni. “This is an important step as we continue opening up Africa to the rest of the world.”

Kenya Airways is set to take delivery of a further two B777-300ERs, including one additional lease, as part of a  10-year expansion strategic that will see the airline’s fleet grow from 44 to 107 aircraft by 2021. This will enable Kenya Airways to expand its route map from 62 destinations to 115, including flights from Nairobi to Guangzhou. Due to commence in November 2013, this will mark Kenya Airways’ first ever direct service to China.

Currently the airline operates an all-Boeing long-haul fleet of four 777-200ERs and six 767-300ERs, with outstanding orders for nine Boeing 787 Dreamliners.

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